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Responding to alcohol and other drug use

Workshop for health and community services professionals

Empower your team to respond to alcohol and other drug use amongst clients with confidence.

Facilitated by experts in the field, this alcohol and other drugs workshop will provide your team with the essential knowledge needed to address this complex and critical aspect of client care.

Two days of comprehensive training will equip professionals with the skills to offer compassionate support and evidence-based interventions, fostering healthier outcomes and recovery for those experiencing alcohol and other drug use challenges.

After completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the spectrum of alcohol and other drug use and be able to identify the risks.
  • Approach conversations about alcohol and other drug use with their clients with confidence.
  • Understand how to utilise appropriate screening tools and resources.
  • Develop skills and knowledge around the utilisation of harm minimisation/reduction strategies, motivational interviewing and brief interventions.
  • Describe treatment options and referral pathways.
  • Confidently incorporate family, culture and community into client care.


This workshop is provided over 2 days from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm



$550 per participant

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Organisations and groups

Flexible dates are available to suit your workplace. Contact us to discuss your options.

Organisations and groups

Express your interest

Book a workshop for your organisation or group by emailing us at education@sonder.net.au

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Meet the facilitators

Debby Kadarusman, Clinical & Quality Coordinator, In-Home Withdrawal Service, Sonder

With 15 years of experience in the non-government alcohol and other drugs sector in various frontline and management roles, Debby’s extensive knowledge spans prevention, harm reduction, early intervention, and treatment for alcohol and other drug use and comorbidity.

Peer Practitioner, Sonder

A worker with lived experience of alcohol and other drugs challenges and recovery who will share real-world experiences and practical solutions.

Training overview

Day 1 – Recognise and respond

  • Spectrum of use, substance education and risks around alcohol and other drug use.
  • Harm minimisation – focus on harm reduction.
  • Introduction to motivational interviewing, brief intervention and tools.
  • Alcohol and other drug use treatment options and referral pathways.

Day 2 – Reconnect and respect

  • Alcohol and other drugs in Australia.
  • Alcohol and other drugs, your community and your work.
  • Alcohol and other drugs, your client, their community and your work.
  • Motivational interviewing skills.
  • Case studies and practical skills.


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