New Drug ARM service in Rockhampton

Drug ARM has now started in Rockhampton and is open for referrals.

This is a free drug and alcohol counselling service for up to 12 sessions per referral.

The Creating Options Program (CO Program) is a comprehensive and structured outpatient alcohol and other drug treatment service for individuals with multiple and complex needs. The service delivers intensive clinical support for people 18 years and over who require ongoing treatment to overcome, or manage the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs. The program provides assessment, case management, case formulation, counselling, detox support (not the lead support service), psycho-education, social skills training, relapse prevention, and referral strategies. The program’s delivery utilises the bio-psychosocial model with a recovery orientation, and provides a welcoming, non-judgemental, and confidential environment. Client participation in the CO Program is voluntary.

Additionally, there is the option of providing up to four free sessions for a client’s significant other (e.g., parent, or partner). The Central Queensland Drug ARM service will be qualified in SMART Recovery to be able to facilitate groups starting in April. There is also the flexibility of the CO program that allows the clinical workers to drive to a safe location to have counselling session with clients (e.g., park, café, library, client’s house) if they are unable to attend the counselling location in Allenstown.

The CO Program offers up to four treatment episodes, with each episode usually consisting of 12 weekly one-hour sessions.  Referrals from Health and Hospital services are prioritised however referrals from individuals; significant others; government or non-government alcohol and other drug services; Magistrates; General Practitioners; other community or health care services may also be accepted. The CO Program provides services across the following locations: Brisbane North, Brisbane South, Ipswich, Toowoomba Regional Council and Southern Downs Council areas, Goondiwindi, Gold Coast, Gympie, and Rockhampton and greater region

All referrals are to be made to the Central Intake number seen below.

If you require further information please contact Rebecca:

0426 194 824 or

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The Accidental Counsellor Training

Please find attached a flyer and information regarding training for ‘The Accidental Counsellor’  which is a fantastic opportunity for Administration staff

Some ideas to be explored are :

  • Defined the role of the administration workers;
  • Understood what is meant by confidentiality;
  • Practised how to position themselves as workers who don’t get invited into counselling conversations or sharing confidential information;
  • Practised skills to assist them to stay within their role as administration workers.

We have identified that there is not a lot of training specifically aimed at Administration staff in the Community Services Industry and believe this is a wonderful opportunity to be able to bring this to Rockhampton.

Get in quick as there are only 15 places on offer with full catering provided

The Accidental Counsellor