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Brief Intervention Training and Support Program (B.I.T.S)

1. What is the Australian Anti-Ice Campaign?

The Australian Anti Ice Campaign (AAIC) is a Not-For-Profit Charity that is dedicated to raising awareness amongst the Australian community, especially our youth, as to the incredible dangers of using Ice. We also assist people into, through and post recovery and families struggling with a loved one using Ice.

The diagram below describes AAIC’s core “products” - Ice Education Workshops and Brief and Early Intervention. We aim to equip people from all walks of life, including people from schools, clubs and workplaces to be able to conduct a Brief Intervention with someone within their community who may be struggling with Ice addiction.

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AAIC also establishes teams of dedicated volunteers to form AAIC Community Ice Action Teams (AAIC CIAT’s) to implement AAIC Programs such as community forums, art competitions, youth engagement events and a walk against Ice in their town or region. We currently have Established CIATs in South East Queensland, North Queensland, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and ultimately aim to have such representation across Australia.

2. The AAIC Brief Intervention Training and Support (B.I.T.S) Program

The AAIC Brief Intervention Training and Support (B.I.T.S) Program firstly aims to equip people with the ability to:

  • Identify someone within their community who may be struggling with Ice addiction, or who is in the early stages of using Ice;
  • To conduct an intervention with this person and help them weigh up the costs and benefits of their addiction; and
  • To refer them to an AAIC Lived Experience Buddy who will guide them and create pathways into recovery.

In order to become an AAIC B.I.T.S. Ambassador, a person needs to undertake the steps set out in the table below.

Step No.

Step Name

Task Description

1

Registering for the program.

Any person wanting to be a part of the solution to the scourge of Ice use among Australians, in particular our youth, can register to become an AAIC B.I.T.S. Ambassador.

2

Becoming an AAIC Volunteer.

Upon receiving your Application we will email you AAIC Volunteer Paperwork to complete. This ensures that you, and AAIC have the necessary public liability protection, recognising that we are dealing with sometimes highly volatile individuals where we cannot guarantee a positive outcome in all cases.

This step in the process also ensures that you are deemed by AAIC to be fit and suitable to undertake a Brief Intervention on behalf of AAIC. If the applicant has a criminal history, AAIC may require a criminal history check prior to accepting that applicant.

3

Ice Education

Successful applicants will then be emailed information so that they can be informed about the dangers of using Ice, as well as equipping you with a valuable tool to use in the event that someone within your community needs help.

4

Brief Intervention Training

Successful applicants are then required to undertake specific Brief Intervention Training. This training is delivered online through our valued partner, George Patriki, Founder and CEO of Optimal Health Group.

The two hour online training course – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Intervention (S.A.M.H.I.) provides participants with an understanding of a number of key concepts to equip them to help effected individuals within their community. The key concepts covered include:

  • The Integrative Holistic Model - the basic underlying framework for all our interactions with people struggling with addiction.
  • The Cycle of Addiction – factors that lead to addiction and keep a person trapped in addiction.
  • The Stages of Change – recognising when a person is contemplating change.
  • Brief Intervention – Helping a person who is contemplating change weigh up the costs versus the benefits of their addiction.
  • The Tripod of Support for a person seeking to enter into recovery or for a person coming out of rehab and trying to reintegrate into society.

There is a $45 once only cost to undertake this training, half of which is paid to Optimal Health Group and half of which goes to AAIC to help with the costs of administering the B.I.T.S. Program.

5

Connecting you with AAIC

Once you have undertaken this training, our I.T. Department will establish you as a contact on AAIC’s Google based communication system through which we can keep you updated on developments within AAIC and you can contact us directly for help whenever required.

You will be AAIC’s direct connection within your school, club, church, or workplace community and will have access to a range of resources including the AAIC Not Even Once E-Book (currently in production), weekly live streamed Let’s Talk About Ice shows and the library of these shows on our YouTube Channel.

As an optional extra, we also provide advanced training in Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues for people who would like to understand more and be further equipped. This ONLINE, self-paced, 12 hour S.A.M.H.I. Dual Diagnosis Training program is discounted at $145 and covers all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health from an integrated, holistic framework.

This training is ideal for AAIC B.I.T.S. Ambassadors that are working in this social service industry and would like to undertake Continuing Professional Development for their professional peak body (APS, ACA, AASW, CPS, PACFA, ACWA etc). Refer to website for further information (https://www.dualdiagnosistraining.com.au/).

As our representative in your community, you may also help facilitate the involvement of your school, club, church or workplace in AAIC events such as the art competition (for schools), a Walk Against Ice event, and other youth engagement events planned by AAIC for your region.

6

Access to Support from an AAIC Lived Experience Buddy

The most significant key to AAIC’s success in helping people addicted to Ice to make the decision to seek recovery, is through providing a Lived Experience Buddy – someone who has been through Ice addiction and has successfully come out the other end of this living hell.

These Lived Experience Buddies are able to connect with someone using Ice in a way that is not possible for someone without that lived experience.

Perhaps most importantly, Lived Experience Buddies are able to show a person that there is hope – a light at the end of the tunnel and out of the entrapment that many  people addicted to Ice feel there is no way out of.

 

We do not ask our B.I.T.S. Ambassadors to do the often hard yards of convincing a person using Ice to step into recovery. Rather, you will be another set of eyes and ears for AAIC in your particular community or circle of influence. Once there is a glimmer of hope, you then call in a Lived Experience Buddy to take the person through the critical stage of believing that change is possible and showing them a pathway into recovery.

If you want to be a part of the solution to this epidemic sweeping our nation, then please complete the Registration Form below.

Thank you so much for caring and wanting to help. Together, in unity, we truly believe that we can Put the Freeze on Ice in this Nation.

 

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