Alcohol and Other Drugs - Why a Person May Choose To Use

Alcohol and Other Drugs - Why a Person May Choose To Use
Type: Webinar
Presenter: Tony Johannsen

This webinar aims to; dispel some of the myths around substance use and substance users, to explore the underlying factors that may contribute to a person’s choice to use substances, to analyse the affects that different types of substances have on the central nervous system, to examine the life events that may increase the probability of a person using substances and to discuss the ways in which a therapist may work (therapeutically) with a substance user.  

This webinar is a beginner to intermediate level designed for anyone working in social services, counselling, psychotherapy or case management who wishes to increase their knowledge about the intersection of substance use, trauma (including developmental), mental health, attachments styles, grief and loss. This webinar aims to increase people’s awareness and understanding of substance use and substance users. This webinar is not for experienced AOD counsellors. This webinar intends to increase the knowledge base and expertise of individuals grappling with the often very difficult question of “how do I engage with a substance user in a more emphatic and therapeutic manner”.

At the conclusion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • A clearer understanding of substances (drugs) and their affects on the central nervous system 
  • Increased understanding of the relationship between, trauma (including developmental), attachment style, shame, grief & loss and substance use.   
  • A more robust understanding of how to engage emphatically and therapeutically with a person using substances
  • Increased knowledge of co-morbidity (a co-occurrence of substance use and mental health issues).

The Presenter- Tony Johannsen

Tony is a forensic drug and alcohol clinician who specialises in working with complex clients. Tony also works in the field of Family Violence as a Men’ Behaviour Change Facilitator. Through working with mandated forensic clients, Tony has come to understand that substance use is a far more complex issue than the broader public often acknowledge. “Most clients I work with have experienced numerous traumas and developmental setbacks throughout their lives. I am yet to work with a problematic substance user who has not been  or traumatized at some point in their history. I feel the traditional narratives for substance users are now very outdated”.


21st of February 2018
Victoria                     3.00 - 4.30pm AEDT
New South Wales    3.00 - 4.30pm AEDT
Tasmania                  3:00 - 4:30pm AEDT
South Australia  2:30 - 4:00pm ACDT
Queensland          2:00 - 3:30pm AEST
Northern Territory  1:30 - 3:00pm ACST
Western Australia  12:00 - 1:30pm AWST


Member $50
Non Member $75

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement reserves the right to cancel education programs that do not achieve minimum participation, in which case all fees will be refunded.
Registration cancellations will not be accepted unless made in writing to the centre. Cancellations made more than thirty (30) days prior to the event date will be refunded less 25% of the registration fee to cover administration costs. 
No registration refunds will be made after this date. Please note:
The full invoiced amount will still be payable in the event of non-attendance on the day.

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21/02/2018 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

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