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Effective Brief Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Problems

This workshop presents key information on AOD use and provides an opportunity for you to consider and develop an appropriate response to AOD issues in your setting.



This workshop presents key information on AOD use and provides an opportunity for you to consider and develop an appropriate response to AOD issues in your setting. Effective models and strategies are presented, which can be confidently woven into your practice following the workshop. 

It is designed for non-specialists, those who are new to the area of AOD and Brief Intervention, or those wanting a refresher. This will be a highly interactive, practical workshop and participants will practice skills taught via role-play and demonstrations.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Discuss contributors to problematic AOD use/culture in Aotearoa

  • Types & groups of substances, standard drinks and low-risk guidelines

  • Understand stages, cycle and common reasons and motivations for change

  • Initiating a conversation around AOD use

  • Learn and practice carrying out and AOD Brief Intervention - FRAMES model

  • Develop and deliver appropriate interventions for different situations

  • Tips and Strategies to reduce, or stop use

  • Safety factors

  • Accessing appropriate help

  • Reflect on how to further develop your AOD brief intervention skills and knowledge

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

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Melvyn 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: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five | 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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