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Support: Dealing with Stress in the Workplace

Support for Professional Development [2.10.2f 10]

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA has developed A Provider’s Guide on How to Use Core Competencies in Behavioral Health to support the dissemination and implementation of competencies within the behavioral health field. This guide includes an online collection of resources, case studies, articles, bibliographies, and other materials to help behavioral health providers implement the use of competencies within their organization, county, or State. Found at [link]

National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA)

The following is an excerpt from Stress and Burnout: A Prevention Handbook for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce, by Natalie Skinner and Anne Roach from National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction (NCETA), Flinders University: Adelaide, Australia. The chapter on Professional Development can be found Here.
Creating ongoing professional development opportunities is essential for a skilled, knowledgeable and effective AOD workforce. Professional development does not have to be limited to education and training. A range of activities can be provided to benefit the skills, knowledge and effectiveness of AOD workers.
Key professional development activities include:
  • Study groups
  • Mentoring
  • Clinical supervision
  • Planning days
  • Site visits
  • Staff retreats
  • Education and training (Watch for new training sections on WIN)
  • Journal clubs
  • Online discussion groups
  • Cross-organizational exchanges
  • Online learning
  • Membership in professional associations
For a comprehensive guide on professional development in the AOD field, refer to Pollard, Y. (2005). Professional Development. In N. Skinner, A.M. Roche, Y. Pollard, J. O’Connor & C. Todd (Eds.), Workforce Development TIPS (Theory Into Practice Strategies): A Resource Kit for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce.
The entire Workforce Development TIPS (Theory into Practice Strategies): A Resource Kit for the Alcohol and Other Drugs Workforce can be found at

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