AFM hosts webinars on a variety of topics related to substance use, gambling and addiction issues.
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Recordings of previous webinars are provided below.
Talking the talk: The Impact of Language in Mental Health and Addictions:
This webinar explores how language can impact the perpetuation of social stigma and self-stigma in the mental health and addictions field. Learn how strength-based, recovery oriented language can change the way we think about individuals seeking service and how those individuals see themselves.
Street Drug & Medication Interactions:
Many street drugs interact with the same neurotransmitter systems as common psychiatric medications. As it is common for street drug use to co-occur with various psychiatric conditions, the potential for street-drug/medication interactions is of concern. This recorded webinar focuses on the pharmacology of street drugs, and how these substances can interact with common psychiatric medications.
Prescription & OTC Abuse:
Drug abuse is not only about street drugs! Prescription and over-the-counter medication abuse remain serious issues in Manitoba, especially among youth. The most commonly abused medications include opioids, “downers” and “uppers.” Each of these categories carries specific risks and harms. We need to understand the risk factors and motivations to misuse these medications to be able to address the issue effectively.
Trends in Youth Drug Use:
While alcohol and cannabis remain the most common substances used by both youth and adults in Manitoba, it is important to keep abreast of emerging drug trends that may become problematic. This presentation will highlight some of the drug trends currently emerging in Manitoba, including shatter, synthetic cannabis, methamphetamine, molly, ketamine, GHB, flakka and other novel psychoactive substances.
Strategies for Supporting Individuals who are Working Toward Lower Risk Alcohol and Cannabis Use:
This recorded webinar examines strategies for helping individuals change their alcohol and cannabis use to meet Canada’s lower risk guidelines for clients and patients in community-based services. The webinar features David Brown, original creator of the “Making Choices About Cannabis” and “Making Choices About Drinking” workbooks.
Navigating Uncertainty with Sheila Betker
Navigating Uncertainty is designed to support employees through the transitions and changes we experience. We explore the key principles about why and how people struggle during change and provide tools and strategies we can use to maneuver our way through uncertainty. In this two-hour session, we have the opportunity to discuss perspectives and find ways to care for ourselves and our colleagues during these times of uncertainty.
Cannabis Use in Pregnancy & Lactation
Cannabis use during pregnancy has been shown to affect reproductive function, pregnancy outcomes, the growth and development of the baby, as well as lead to long-term neurocognitive effects. Despite this, cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation is relatively common. About 70% of women believe there is little or no risk of harm from using cannabis once or twice a week, and 10% of women indicate they would be more likely to use cannabis during pregnancy if it was legal. This webinar will address the specific issues linked to cannabis use during pregnancy and lactation, with a focus on harm reduction and effective parenting.
Back to Basics: Alcohol Abuse & Addiction
Many parts of Canada are currently experiencing issues with a variety of drugs, such as fentanyl and methamphetamine. While a focus on emerging drug threats remains critically important, we run the risk of over-looking more common drugs that are associated with serious risks to our health. Alcohol is, and likely always will be, the most harmful substance that Canadians consume. Alcohol has enjoyed a “halo effect” due to its legal status, perception of social acceptability and supposed health benefits. The perception that alcohol is mostly harmless blinds many to the reality of its negative effects on our health. This session will focus on both the short-term and long-term health effects of alcohol.
Methamphetamine: What’s old is new again
This recorded webinar examines the re-emergence of methamphetamine use Manitoba, focusing on the trends of methamphetamine use, the short- and long-term consequences of use, implications for services providers, and issues related to recovery. There will be a specific emphasis on eliciting participants’ knowledge and experience to enhance the learning environment. The original air date of this webinar was January 4, 2019.
Cannabis: It’s legal…Now what?
This recorded webinar will provide an overview of the types of cannabis products commonly used, the effects of cannabis, how to identify someone who might be intoxicated, how cannabis might interact with other drugs/medications, and what constitutes “lower risk” cannabis use. This webinar was recorded on January 31, 2019.
David Brown – Healthy Living Workbook
On October 22, 2018, AFM hosted a webinar featuring David Brown, creator of the Healthy Living Workbooks “Making Choices About Cannabis” and “Making Choices About Drinking”.
Rapid Access to Addictions Medicine (RAAM)
In December, 2018, Dr. Ginette Poulin presented a webinar on RAAM clinics, a new addition to our health care system. RAAM is a unique model that is improving client access to evidenced based addiction health care and strengthening collaboration with the Regional Health Authorities and other service providers.