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Young People and Substance Misuse


About the Course: 


This course offers participants the opportunity to understand the key concepts of substance misuse in young people.  The course presents a clear understanding of adolescent development based on clinical research.  It then examines how drug and alcohol involvement evolves at specific times within this development context, and the impact it has on the maturation process.


Young people rarely meet the adult criteria’s for substance misuse problems.  The course explores how young people’s pattern of use differs from that of adults and the treatment implications that are required to address it.   The programme provides training in novel screening approaches and critical skills in setting realistic treatment goals for young people.  It then provides a range of rapid interventions to support young people to change substance misuse especially those who experience more complex needs.


Who is This Course For?: 


This course will be very helpful to a wide range of professionals whose work brings them into contact with young people.  This would include specialist and non-specialist youth workers, employment services, schools and college welfare teams as well as those working in the Youth Justice System and adolescent mental health.  It may also be relevant to those in highly specialised areas such as enhanced foster care services and asylum services.


Method of Delivery: 


The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning. 


Course Aims & Objectives:


The aim of the course is to equip practitioners with the skills, knowledge and understating to work effectively with young drug and alcohol users.


By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:           


  • Explore adolescent development in context of the life course

  • Describe the evolution of substance misuse in young people

  • Explain how adolescent substance misuse differs from adults

  • Screen for patters of normative verses complex substance involvement

  • Provide a range of interventions tailored to young substance misusers.

Maximum group size:        16 people