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Sensory Approaches for AOD Practice - Mackay

by Insight

  • date & time

    Wed. 17 Feb 2021
    9:00 am – 4:30 pm

  • location
    Newry, St Bees and Keswick, Education and Research Centre, Building K, Mackay Base Hospital, 439 Bridge Rd, West Mackay QLD 4740

Sensory Approaches is a collective term for a range of interventions that focus on supporting the client to achieve regulation of affect, attention and behaviour through regulation of bodily arousal states using a range of sensory modalities.* It is widely used in mental health services as a trauma informed approach, and as a first line intervention to manage difficult emotional states.


This practical one day workshop will cover:

  • Defining and deciding when to use sensory approaches
  • The supporting neuroscience and evidence
  • The 8 sensory systems and their role in regulation of physiology, emotions, cognitions and behaviours
  • Application of sensory approaches in the treatment of problematic substance use


Participants will be introduced to a range of frameworks, strategies and tools. These include sensory preferences, calming/alerting/noxious sensory input, safety tools, the TREEE model, Using Your Senses to Cope and Sensory Plan tools. The workshop will provide opportunities to trial and apply these in AOD practice.  


* From Sensory Approaches in Mental Health Clinical Capability Framework - QLD Health 2016.


NB: This workshop requires workers to have a foundational level of knowledge of AOD practice; the workshop is designed to complement and enhance your existing AOD practice.


Pre-requisite: If you are new to the area of AOD practice, it is recommended that you have completed the Foundational AOD Concepts.e-Learning (Insight) or Young People and Drugs (Dovetail) training at minimum before attending this course.


Presenter: Michelle Taylor

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Any changes to COVID restrictions may have an impact to this workshop as educators will be travelling from Brisbane. If this is the case, a virtual alternative will be offered and details will be forwarded via e-mail. Please ensure all contact details are up to date on your Insight profile to facilitate this. 

Please ensure adherence to all relevant conditions https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/current-status/public-health-directions for attendance to our workshops.

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