Assessing the Addicted Client
In this brief and practical talk, Geoff Ahern identifies the most important strategies we can apply in our assessment of the patient that is struggling with addiction. The key, he argues, is building rapport. As health professionals, patient rapport is at the heart of every interaction we have with our patients - but why is it especially important in the setting of addiction?
Geoffrey Ahern is a senior mental health clinician and educator who splits his time between working with people in a mental health crisis in the ED setting and working proactively in educating other health professionals and the community about how to better understand mental health problems and also substance use and addiction. Over the years, he has gained extensive experience in emergency and trauma, rural nursing, alcohol and other drug counselling, and psychiatric nursing across both the public and private sectors. He holds a masters of health science (mental health and addiction). Geoff is particularly fascinated by the impact that exercise, nutrition, community, meaning and purpose, and practices like yoga have on a person’s mental health as well as living a simple life of reflection, contentment, and wonderment.