Module 12: working with intoxicated young people: learner's workbook

5.2 How to carry out brief interventions

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Brief interventions require good communication skills. Discuss the following question with other learners or colleagues:

Question - What factors may assist you in implementing a brief intervention with a young person?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)

A brief assessment is possible following an initial intervention and a plan can then be negotiated between the worker and the client. At the very least it is envisaged that the young person will go away with some information, advice and/or point of contact or referral for ongoing support and/or information.

Do not assume that the young person is well informed. It is important to always check to find out how much a young person actually knows. By engaging in brief interventions with young people you may be able to provide enough information to promote better choices, raise awareness and motivate and support them to make decisions that are best for them. Often when a young person is intoxicated they may be more willing to discuss their issues openly. However, this will depend on the level of intoxication. A worker must determine whether or not a brief intervention is appropriate at that particular time.

When can brief interventions take place?

Workplace learning activity

Question - Brief interventions can take place almost anywhere and anytime. Take some time to reflect on your own work practice and think about when and where brief interventions have occurred while you were working with young people. Provide two examples.

Question - When might it not be appropriate to undertake a brief intervention?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)
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