1.1 Overview

It is important to respond directly to the needs of young people who are intoxicated. This module focuses on helping you to understand and respond appropriately to young people's drug use. Knowledge of drugs and their effect on the central nervous system (CNS) is essential for workers in responding to young people who are intoxicated. This is especially the case when identifying indicators of possible overdose or harm associated with drug use.

In addition, you will be reviewing the importance of behaviour management strategies, good communication skills and the ability to identify the immediate needs of an intoxicated young person. Opportunities and skills in delivering brief intervention and harm reduction will be explored.

1.2 Learning outcomes

When you have completed this module you will be able to:
  • Describe the principles and models of working with intoxicated young people
  • Assess the level of intoxication and potential risks
  • Identify and respond to behaviour or physical states inconsistent with AOD use (e.g. mental health issues)
  • Respond to crisis and emergency situations in order to reduce harm to the young person, yourself and others
  • Monitor and manage intoxicated young people
  • Implement brief interventions and harm minimisation.
It is suggested you remind yourself of these learning outcomes as you work through the module. At different stages, ask yourself whether you think you have achieved each of the learning outcomes. This will help you keep track of your progress, and what you still need to learn to successfully complete the module.

1.3 Assessment events

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Your facilitator will provide you with information on any assessment activities you might be required to undertake. If you are not provided with assessment information when you commence this module, make sure you ask your facilitator if there are any assessment requirements for module completion.
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