Develop your skills and increase your knowledge around supporting individuals who present with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. Learn to recognise problematic AOD use, positive strategies to respond in an empathetic and supportive way, how to access support services in Canterbury and gain an understanding of the impact on the individual and their whānau.
Consider why we use substances and identify harmful/hazardous substance use
Positive strategies to respond in an empathic and supportive way
Explore the concept of addiction
Explore the impact of problematic AOD use on the individual and their whānau
The impact of stigma and discrimination
Potential barriers for individuals in accessing AOD treatment and how to support them in overcoming these
Overview of AOD support and treatment services in the Canterbury region, and how to access these
1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs
2. Working with Māori
3. Working with whānau
4. Working within communities
5. Challenging discrimination
7. Maintaining professional and personal development
The early part of Samantha’s career was spent in the South of England working in mental health acute inpatients, ICU and community teams after graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 with BSc (Hons) Psychology and then in 1997 with MSc Professional and Policy Studies and Dip HE (RN) Mental Health.
Moving to Christchurch in 2003, Samantha initially worked in acute inpatients then joined CADS setting up the AOD Central Co-ordination Service. As well as working as a private contractor in Primary Care and Canterbury Prisons, she continues to work on various AOD projects.
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