Module 5: young people, society and AOD: facilitator's guide

Topic 1: Introduction

Page last updated: 2004

Suggested time: 20 minutes

1.1 Overview

This module explores some of the reasons why young people may use drugs and focuses on the social and economic factors that influence drug use. It also contains information about drug use patterns, legislation and policy relevant to young people and drug use.

Learners are introduced to societal factors that shape drug use by young people as well as the AOD sector's responses to it.

1.2 Learning outcomes

When learners have completed this module they will be able to:
  • Identify your own personal values and attitudes regarding AOD issues and their implications for working with young people on AOD issues
  • Describe current models used to understand drug-use behaviour
  • Describe patterns and prevalence of drug use by young people
  • Discuss a broad range of factors that can impact on AOD use by young people
  • Outline harm minimisation and other current policies and frameworks that underpin AOD work with young people.
It is suggested you remind learners of these learning outcomes as they work through the module and at different stages ask whether they think they have achieved each of the learning outcomes. This will help them keep track of their progress, and what they still need to learn to successfully complete the module.

1.3 Assessment events

(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)

Provide all learners with information on any assessment activities they might be required to undertake. Ensure that contact is made with distance learners as soon as possible.

Discuss these with learners and provide time for questions, feedback and examples.

Reflect on assessment events throughout training sessions to enhance learners' understanding and conceptualisation of what is required. All assessments match Learning Outcomes competencies.

For suggested assessment events, assessments.