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Alcohol and Other Drugs: Screening and Brief Intervention for Mild Alcohol Problems

Overview of different types of substances of misuse, their effect, how to assess for intoxication, withdrawal and brief introduction into assessment of these. Learn the skills to provide a brief intervention for those with mild alcohol problems that can be utilised in any work setting.



The first part of this workshop will provide participants with an overview of different types of substances of misuse, their effects, and how to assess for intoxication and withdrawal. There will be a brief introduction into options of screening tools to use for young people and adults.

The second part will be skills-based, focusing on providing brief intervention for mild alcohol problems which can be used in any work setting. This will include information on using core motivational interviewing skills as a key component of providing brief interventions.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Introduction to substances, classification of substances and their effects

  • Practice utilising screening tools and to refer on if needed

  • What is the criteria for Substance Use Disorders, and what to look out for

  • Gain an understanding of substance misuse and associated complications

  • Practice utilising core skills for providing brief assessment and intervention

Let's Get Real

  • Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

  • Challenging discrimination

  • Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Mel Johns

MASW, B.A. (Hons), Cert. Supervision, Cert. AOD Counselling, RSW

Mel has over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and addictions sector in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK.  Throughout his career, he has held a number of diverse roles, working alongside a broad client base within both statutory and NGO services. He possesses clinical practice, leadership, teaching, management, supervision and governance experience. Mel has a comprehensive knowledge of assessment processes, therapeutic interventions and risk-management approaches.  He demonstrates a relentless commitment to the principles of social justice, along with a strong passion for developing services that are truly recovery focused.  Mel has been a workshop facilitator with MHERC for several years, whilst maintaining his clinical, supervisory and project management roles.


Workshop Type: Intermediate | Workshop Level: Six 
Subsidised Rate: Check if you are eligible here. Tick applicable box when registering to apply discount
Early Bird Discount: $10 discount is available on registrations made up to 8 weeks before the workshop date (automatically applied at checkout)
Catering: Refreshments and light lunch provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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