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Understanding and Managing Addiction

May 8 @ 5:45 pm - 8:00 pm

Presenter: Dr Maxine O’Brien

This webinar will begin by briefly exploring the prevalence of substance addiction in Australia, how we know there is a problem to be addressed, and important areas of current concern to Australian Alcohol and Other Drug workers.

Maxine will then aim to provide attendees with an enhanced understanding of the lived experience of addiction, encompassing the important psychological, social and neurobiological features of this common, yet sometimes challenging presentation. We will then build on this enhanced understanding through a discussion of healthy behaviour change and its challenges.

Finally, attendees will be provided with focused, practical tools to address this condition such as motivational interviewing approaches, a suggested framework for brief interventions, and insights into therapeutic approaches to address addiction experienced as a co-morbid condition with other mental health diagnoses.

Presenter:  Maxine has enjoyed a varied career as a psychologist including both research and clinical roles.  She has authored or co-authored numerous published articles including one book; seventeen peer reviewed articles in health-related journals (five abstract only); two invited articles in professional publications; five research reports; an Honours thesis and a PhD dissertation.  Maxine also acts as an expert reviewer for three international journals.  She has presented her research at fifteen prestigious national and international conferences, and provided more than fifty invited workshops or presentations on health-related matters to a variety of audiences.

Maxine’s clinical work has encompassed both public and private hospital settings and non-government organisations.  Her clinical focus continues to emphasize at-risk populations including domestic violence, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse and trauma, and the treatment of co-morbid addiction.  At present, Maxine acts as Research Fellow for the Darling Downs Hospital & Health Service two days per week, and continues her more than ten years of service as Senior Psychologist with the Alcohol & Other Drugs Service three days per week. Maxine also provides regular guest lectures to the Master of Clinical Psychology program at the USQ, and maintains a small private practice providing training and clinical supervision to mental health workers.

Where:  Online Webinar – using the software platform “Zoom”.

When:  Wednesday 8 May, 5:45pm (AEST) Logon.  Enjoy networking online with other counsellors from 5.45pm. Topic presentation starts at 6pm (AEST) sharp and concludes at 8pm

Note: Times are Australian Eastern Standard Time

IMPORTANT: You will need to register by Friday 3 May at the latest.

As this is an online webinar, an email will be sent to you beforehand with instructions on how to logon to the workshop via the Zoom platform. You do not need to have Zoom on your computer.

Prior to the webinar, QCA will email you a Zoom “invitation” link.  Click on the link when you are ready to join the webinar.

Note the webinar link will be open from 5.45pm and you are free to login and join the online networking prior to the webinar starting at 6pm.

Please click on this link https://www.trybooking.com/463003 to make your online booking now and take advantage of the Early Bird Price.

Early Bird – payment needs to be made by Sunday 28 April 2019
QCA/PACFA Members: $18                   Non Members: $23              QCA/PACFA Student Members $16

Full Ticket:
QCA/PACFA Members: $23                  Non Members: $28               QCA/PACFA Student Members $21

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: This event attracts 2 Professional Development hours.

QCA Committee Professional Development Program


QCA PD Committee


Online webinar


QCA PD Committee


Online webinar