Presented by Ashleigh Plozza and Clare Davies

Connect & Learn is a series of case-based webinars funded by the DH, designed to support AOD clinicians throughout regional and metropolitan Victoria. Webinars are presented by experienced clinicians currently working in the AOD sector and facilitated by Turning Point. Connect & Learn is a free webinar but registration is essential: register here.

This presentation will explore Sensory Modulation – a therapeutic intervention that has relevance to the AOD sector, as people with AOD dependence sometimes experience an inability to regulate sensation which can impair behavioural responses.

Sensory Modulation is defined as ‘the capacity to regulate and organise the degree, intensity and nature of response of sensory input in a graded and adaptive manner.’ This allows the individual to achieve and maintain an optimal range of performance and to adapt to challenges in daily life. Research has shown that individuals who have had lived experience of addictions, trauma, and mental health, find it more challenging to regulate sensory needs and stressors. In response to the world around them many residents at Windana’s Therapeutic Community have a history of traumas in relation to their substance use, they require assistance to learn how sensory modulation techniques can aid them to reduce the severity of disruptive and aggressive behaviour.

Ashleigh Plozza, Senior Therapist/ Occupational Therapist, Maryknoll Therapeutic Community, Windana. Ashley is an Occupational Therapist, with a Masters of Addictive Behaviours working in a not-for-profit residential rehabilitation service. Ashleigh has an interest in how sensory modulation can be used as a therapeutic tool to assist people with substance dependency regulate emotions and behaviours.

Clare Davis is the Executive Director of Rehabilitation Services at Windana. She has extensive operational, advocacy and management experience across the health and social services sector. She commenced her career at a Therapeutic Community in 2000. She has qualifications in psychology, AOD work, social work and psychodrama.

DateTuesday 25th May 2021
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm AEST
Venue: Online
Cost: Free  – this is a free webinar but registration is essential.
Registration: Click here to register