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

5.2 Applying a youth related systems approach to young people

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Approaching young people from a systemic model requires treating each young person as an individual. The aim of the worker is to remain curious about that young person and to find out as much as possible about their background, influences, values, attitudes, passions, interests, goals and abilities.

Case study - Sam

A young man (Sam) attends your centre. He has dreadlocks, make-up and feral attire. He looks like he has been using a substance.

Question - What are your assumptions about Sam?

Question - What would you like to find out about Sam?

Question - What are some ways that you think you may engage with this young man?