Stephen is a clinically-trained psychologist, though identifies as an ethnopharmacologist (i.e, a person who studies the human relationship with drugs).Stephen writes and delivers curriculum pertaining to the use of Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) in society and treatment of AOD-related issues.His PhD related to the public perceptions and media portrayal of AOD use and the implications of this for drug-related harm, including the rapid emergence of new psychoactive substances. Stephen is a leading Australian voice on the role of drug policy on emerging drug trends such as synthetic cannabis and deepweb marketplaces.Stephen has worked as a psychologist within the Mental Health & AOD field for the past 12 years. He is currently a senior dual diganosis clinician at Monash Health in Victoria. Stephen is a strong advocate of harm reduction and an evidence-based approach to AOD legislation. He is also interested in the role of certain substances (entheogens) to facilitate spiritual experiences, and their role in psychotherapy.
TITLE: Beyond Harm Reduction: Acknowledging the Benefits of Drug Use.