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Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) Professional Development Training

10 CPD hours
APS Institute CPD

This online CPD course provides registered psychologists with foundational knowledge to better understand the complexities around the use of illicit drugs in the world of sport to more ably support those athletes in need of counselling and rehabilitation. It will equip you with evidence-based information regarding the most effective delivery of interventions used in the AOD field and specifically with athletes, and familiarise you with clinical issues commonly observed in this sub-group. At present, the training is more relevant to working with elite and subelite/junior athletes, however could serve to also assist athletes at other levels in the future.

For some participants, the course provides an opportunity to update current knowledge in the area of illicit drugs in sport and for others it may act as a timely refresher in a flexible and accessible way. Access to video recordings of simulated therapy sessions, and regular opportunities to engage in online forums with fellow practitioners will also contribute to your learning.

Satisfactory completion of this online course qualifies registered psychologists to be recognised as a provider of services under the initiative. After meeting the requirements of the course, registered psychologists will become eligible to be included on an APS Referral Register.

Please note - this course is only available to registered psychologists (APS and non-APS) who have an AHPRA registration type of General.

Content outline

  • Effects of illicit drugs 
  • Epidemiology of drug use behaviour among athletes 
  • Determinants of Illicit drug use behaviour among athletes: Why do athletes use drugs? 
  • Intervention and evaluation: strategies for preventing drug use behaviour in sport 
  • Counselling and assessment considerations 
  • Evidence-based psychological intervention with AOD clients 
  • Other treatment options in Australia 
  • Special issues: Working with athletes

Learning format

  • Two self-paced modules each with four topics 
  • Each topic includes a printable learning guide, online video demonstrations, interactive activities, readings and other relevant resources to enable you to demonstrate active learning in your annual CPD portfolio 
  • Access to some further readings may involve an additional fee; however, these reading are not a requirement to complete the course. 
  • Participants must successfully complete an online assessment for each topic in order to pass 
  • Certificate of completion.

This professional development course was developed by the Australian Psychological Society (APS) in collaboration with the APS Psychology and Substance Use Interest Group and the APS College of Sport and Exercise Psychologists. Funding was provided by the Australian Government, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of the Australian Government Illicit Drugs in Sport (IDIS) Program.

Duration of enrolment

The course duration is 6 months from the date of your course registration.

What you need to access this online course

Learners should be able to access this online course with a modern computer or mobile device (including access to a printer). Please check with your IT supplier and your internet provider that your computer and internet service has the following:

  • One of the following browsers installed: Internet Explorer version 9+, Google Chrome, Safari 4+ or Firefox 3+ (JavaScript and pop-ups must be enabled)
  • An internet connection with a minimum of 512Kbps bandwidth
  • An audio device such as speakers or headphones
  • A screen with a minimum resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels

The APS Institute recommends that persons considering the online training should read its eLearning FAQs.


Please note - this course is only available to registered psychologists (APS and non-APS) who have an AHPRA registration type of General. Please do not register if you do not have this AHPRA registration type.

Online registration


APS member = $250 (inclusive of GST); Non APS member = $375 (inclusive of GST)


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