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

6.2 Range of brief interventions

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Brief interventions can take many forms and can occur in a variety of settings.

Examples of brief interventions include:

  • Informal discussions around drug use in a youth drop-in centre
  • Telephone services such as Kids Helpline
  • One-to-one counselling opportunities in the context of a youth program (e.g. during assessment, or when a young person seeks advice about AOD issues)
  • Self-help manuals or workbooks provided by a school counsellor or youth worker
  • AOD education in a group setting in a Juvenile Justice centre.
  • Computer-based or on-line quizzes and questionnaires around drugs and drug use
  • School-based peer-intervention programs
  • Provision of harm reduction information in general practice or hospital accident and emergency settings.

When to carry out brief interventions

Workplace learning activity

Brief interventions can take place almost anywhere and anytime. Take some time to reflect on your own work practice and think about when and where brief interventions have occurred while you were working with young people.

Question - Are there times when it may not be appropriate to undertake a brief intervention?

Answer - (Write your answer, then check the possible answers page.)

Question - Prepare a case study example recalling a workplace scenario where a brief intervention occurred and include the following information (ensuring all names remain confidential.)
  1. When did the brief intervention take place?
  2. Where did it take place? Provide a brief overview of the environment, location, if any others were involved.
  3. What was the goal of the intervention?
  4. How was the brief intervention conducted? What strategies did you use?
    • Were any harm minimisation strategies discussed?
    • Were any referrals made?
    • Was another time arranged to meet with the young person to discuss issues further?
    • How long did the intervention take?
  5. What would you do differently?