NADA Events

Double Whammy Masterclass - Co-occuring mental health and alcohol and other drugs
  • Event type:
  • Workshop
  • Date:
  • 08/03/2018
  • Venue:
  • Mercure Sydney - 818-820 George Street,Sydney,NSW
  • Host:
  • NADA


    This workshop will utilise peer teaching & learning, and a range of activities crafted to hone your ability to respond to complexity. While the focus is on clients living with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues, it draws on a holistic, strengths-based approach. Learning is enhanced by incorporating reflection, theories and approaches, skills development and current best practices.

    You will have the opportunity to:

         - Assess the divers impacts of co-occurring disorder
         - Develop strategies to provide comprehensive, individualised services and support
         - Reflect on your own practice and development as a worker
         - Construct innovative responses to complexity

    About the trainer

    Mandy (Amanda) Marsters
    is a Cook Islands Maori woman whose ancestors voyaged from Rarotonga to become the First Nations peoples of Aotearoa (New Zealand). She is a proud Mother and Grandmother.

    With 22 years experience in the welfare sector, Mandy has worked as a social worker, youth worker, counsellor, mental health advisor and educator, clinical supervisor, case-manager and educator. She is a qualified social worker and alcohol and other drugs counsellor and holds Diplomas in Community Services – Coordination, Mental Health/Alcohol and other Drugs and Management, a Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Education and a Post-Graduate Degree in Adult Education.

     Mandy has particular expertise working with clients experiencing complex issues and challenges including mental health and substance use disorders. For eleven years she worked exclusively with clients experiencing complex issues reintegrating back into the community after prison, and provided clinical and agency supervision for caseworkers and counsellors.

     With a passion for Indigenous rights she advocates for colonised, Indigenous peoples to achieve their rightful status within their own countries, including the right to self -determination. Mandy has a strong sense of social justice and works from a strengths approach. She believes that people are experts in their own lives and that the working relationship needs to be respectful and collaborative in order to be effective.

     Mandy uses her lived experience as a mental health consumer and survivor of childhood and adult domestic and family violence and trauma to inform her practice.

    Travel and accommodation support
    NADA offer travel and accommodation subsidies as reimbursement grants to rural, regional or remote members. Contact Tata de Jesus at to register your interest. View the guidelines here.