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Lecture Overview

With a focus on harm reduction, this session looks at the types of events and environments where young people are likely to encounter party drugs, and how to open up the communication lines - turning what would be a difficult conversation, into a productive and engaging one.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile


29 Total Rating(s)
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Timothy Emerton
07 Aug 2019

Very good overview

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Sophie Davis
28 May 2019

A fabulous presenter

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Hsueh-Fu Hung
28 May 2019

This video lecture well explained the motivations of teenagers' drug use. It also provides people knowledge about how to educate teenagers about party drug use. Moreover, the effects of such use are carefully presented with strong evidence-based resources.

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Catherine Papadopoulos
26 May 2019

Really enjoying the presenters lectures, very interesting and informative.

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Kerry Enslin
22 May 2019

Again, Karen-Ann makes things easy to understand and very interesting.

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Lavinia Luce Bellion-Dwyer
19 May 2019

It was a good insight. There should be more on this topic.

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Natalie King
17 May 2019

Concentrates on the functioning of the teenage brain and gives insight into why they can be vulnerable and act impulsively.

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Lisa Cairns
16 May 2019

Information gained from this will not only help in the workplace but also with my adolescent children.

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Maddelen Fowkes
12 May 2019

Excellent infromation!!! Loved it.

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Colleen Ryan
12 May 2019

helps understand peer pressure and the need to respond to client as age appropriate .