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Navigating Alcohol and Other Drug Services

Develop skills and increase your knowledge around assisting individuals who present with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues. Recognise problematic AOD use, understand the impact on the individual and whānau and how to access support services in Canterbury. 



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.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • 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

Let's Get Real

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

Facilitated by Samantha Williams

BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Professional and Policy Studies, Dip HE (RN) Mental Health

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.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments 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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