Module 9: working with young people on AOD issues: learner's workbook

Topic 2: Introduction to AOD interventions

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Young people, society and AOD

Frameworks for AOD work


This topic presents a framework for understanding individually-focused AOD interventions for young people who are experiencing problems due to their use of alcohol and/or other drugs. Frontline workers are ideally placed to undertake some prevention and early intervention work with young people in relation to AOD issues. Some frontline workers may also be required to provide support to young people who have more established AOD problems

A number of approaches underpin alcohol and other drug work, many of which have been covered in other modules. We will briefly review them here to identify how they can help us to understand and implement AOD interventions. The youth-focused systems approach will also be presented as it provides a framework for understanding young people and their behaviour.

If you have completed the module Helping Young People Identify their Needs you will have already covered harm minimisation, Schaeffer's model and the youth-focused systems approach. You may wish to review them here before you proceed to Topic 3.

Key issues

2.1 Harm minimisation

2.2 Schaeffer's model

2.3 Youth-focused systems model

2.4 Interaction model