This workshop working in specialist alcohol and drug and mental health settings who want to develop an in-depth neurobiological understanding of how psychoactive substances affect the brain and body.
By the end of this workshop learners will be able to:
- Classify different drugs based on their effects
- Understand the anatomy of the brain and body’s messaging systems and how they operate
- Understand the process of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics
- Describe key neurotransmitters and how substances affect their activity
- Understand and describe concepts of intoxication, tolerance, dependence and withdrawal.
- Identify different routes of administration and how this impacts a person's experience and risk exposure
- Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of how a substance moves through the body, including concepts of absorption, distribution, bioavailability, metabolism, elimination and drug half-lives.
- How dependence develops and can be assessed to inform treatment planning.
NB: This workshop is a pre-requisite to the Assessing and Managing Withdrawal workshop. An alternative pre-requisite is the AOD and the Brain e-learning, which takes approximately two hours to complete.
To attend the virtual classroom please ensure:
- Your device has reliable internet to stream video and audio
- Your camera is able to remain on for the full duration of the workshop (except during designated breaks or as advised by the facilitator) and you have a microphone to enable you to engage in activities and discussions;
- You have access to the participant workbook (either electronically on a second screen, or a printed copy);
- You are in a quiet, appropriate space with minimal distractions;
- You are logged in on an individual device (do not join workshop as a group with other registered or non-registered participants).
NB: This workshop is open to QUEENSLAND workers only.