Suggested time: 20 minutes

1.1 Overview

In this module learners will explore principles and develop techniques for working effectively with young people with alcohol and/or other drug problems. The emphasis of this module is on working with young people on an individual basis. Approaches that target peers, groups and communities are covered in the module Working with Families, Peers and Communities.

This module focuses on young people who are experiencing problems related to their AOD use. As learners work through it, they will have the opportunity to reflect on their own work with clients and apply their learning within their own work context.

1.2 Learning outcomes

When learners have completed this module they will be able to:
  • Identify AOD interventions suitable for working with young people
  • Apply the 'Stages-of-Change' model and motivational interviewing to work with young people
  • Implement strategies for working with resistance and ambivalence with young people
  • Demonstrate skills in harm minimisation and brief and early interventions with young people
  • Apply relapse prevention and management strategies.

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, see assessments.