Module 9: working with young people on AOD issues: facilitator's guide

6.5 Applying brief interventions

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Workplace learning/group activity

Ask learners to reflect on any brief interventions that they currently use in their work with young people who are using alcohol and/or other drugs. Refer them to their Learner's Workbook for this exercise.

They could answer these questions individually, in small groups or as a whiteboard exercise.

Task - writing exercise

Question - Are there areas or skills you would like to improve? If so, what are they?

Question - If you are not currently using any brief interventions, can you think of any opportunities or situations where you might be able to introduce them in your work?

Remind learners to identify a specific situation at work where they can practise implementing brief interventions. They should read over their notes again before applying this learning.

Task - workplace learning activity/writing exercise

Learners should reflect on the following after working with a young person on harm reduction. (This activity can be done as a take away exercise.)

Question - What worked well?

Question - What didn't work so well?

Question - What would you do differently next time?


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Brief interventions:
  • don't require ongoing formal counselling sessions

  • make the most of small opportunities

  • can occur at any time in your work with young people

  • can provide information quickly when it's most needed

  • can increase a young person's acceptance of information.