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

Topic 8: Summary and conclusion

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8.2 Summary of contents
8.3 Self-reflection activity


(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)

At this point you should speak with your facilitator and together assess whether you can:
  • 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 state 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 harm minimisation through brief interventions.
If you have any concerns about meeting these learning outcomes you should speak further with your facilitator.

Before you contact your facilitator, complete the Reflection Activity in this topic.

Remember that if you want to know more about any of the topics covered in this module, a range of references are provided at the end of this module.

You could also contact your local health service or youth service for further information.

8.2 Summary of contents

Intoxication provides a challenge requiring skilled, on-the-ground management. It is an opportunity to help guide a young person into low-risk outcomes, while at the same time introducing them to the concept of harm reduction and eventual moderation of their drug use.
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This module covered the following areas:
  • Exploration of factors associated with the individual user, the setting of drug use and the drug(s) used that are contributing to an episode of intoxication
  • Assessment of recent drug use where possible
  • Assessment of the immediate needs and wishes of the young person
  • Signs of intoxication for different pharmacological categories of drugs
  • Signs of overdose and appropriate responses
  • Signs of physical and mental distress and appropriate responses
  • Assessment of risk of self-harm and preventive measures
  • Management of challenging and/or disruptive behaviour
  • Appropriate communication skills for working with young people
  • Establishment of a low risk sobering-up environment.

8.3 Self-reflection activity

Task - writing exercise/group activity

Take some time to reflect on what you have gained from your learning. You may wish to share your insights with other learners or colleagues, if possible.

Question - What aspect of this module do you feel is most relevant and useful in your work practice?

Question - What kinds of issues has this module raised for you in your work?

Question - Have you identified any further learning needs as a result of completing this module?

Question - If so, what are some ways you can achieve these learning needs?