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Methamphetamine and Synthetic Substances: What You Need to Know

Discover what synthetic drugs are currently available, what they are, how to recognise use and how they have come to be used so frequently in today's society. Learn about longer term effects and gain tools and strategies around harm minimisation.



Gain essential skills for providing support and care when you encounter users of methamphetamines and new psychoactive substances.  This workshop will support your knowledge and understanding to recognise use and develop strategies to minimise harm. 

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Background of methamphetamine and synthetic drugs - what are they and where do they come from

  • How these substances have come to be used so frequently in today's society

  • The different drugs currently available

  • Understand common, acute and long-term effects

  • Common signs and symptoms of use

  • Symptoms of withdrawal and how best to manage it

  • Learn screening tools

  • Strategies for harm minimisation and ways to engage people safely

  • How to offer support and what services are available

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

6. Applying law, policy and standards

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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