04:20pm Tuesday 18 February 2020

Workshop for mental health professionals asks, 'Why worry about anxiety and substance use?'

The ‘Why Worry’ workshop developed by the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University hopes to help clinicians with the challenges of treating comorbid anxiety depression and substance use.

Centre for Emotional Health

Comorbid disorders are often more severe and respond slower to treatment. This workshop helps those delivering treatment to deal with issues facing patients including assessment and treatment.

One of the strengths of this program is its use of motivational interviewing to achieve abstinence or significantly reduce substance use as part of the treatment strategy.  Within the workshop, techniques on a how to conduct a motivational interview will be demonstrated.

Why Worry? Workshop presenter Andrew J. Baillie PhD is a clinical psychologist and academic who specialises in comorbid disorders. He is a member of the Centre for Emotional Health, an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University, and an honorary clinical psychologist at Drug Health Services, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. He has published on anxiety disorders and comorbidity with alcohol use disorders from an assessment, treatment and epidemiological perspective.

Baillie and colleagues at Royal Prince Alfred and University of New South Wales are inviting people with anxiety and alcohol problems to take part in a treatment trial.  New treatments for people with social anxiety and alcohol problems are being tested.  There is a self-test on our webpage www.psy.mq.edu.au/casp or phone (02) 9850 8670.

Why Worry? Workshop will run on the Thursday 11th August in North Ryde and is part of a yearlong series of training for professionals on anxiety and related disorders across the lifespan.

Any enquiries from the media should be directed to:
Golda Mitchell

phone:(02) 9850 4051

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