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Provider YSAS

2-day Youth-focussed AOD Practices

August 15, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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2-day training occurring on the 15th and 16th August
Free Course


Day 1: Tuesday 15th August, 2023, 9:30AM- 4:30PM in person

Day 2: Wednesday 16th August, 2023, 9:30AM- 4:30PM in person


This training program aims to increase the capacity of workers to effectively support and respond to the needs of young people who are using substances.

Our sessions are interactive and enhanced through real-world case examples. The trainers empower participants to reflect on their own work to learn for future practice experiences.

This workshop will look at how the understanding of trauma, attachment and adverse early childhood experiences informs our work with young people who use AOD. It will equip workers with a foundational knowledge of adolescent development and the function, meaning and purpose of risk-taking and other challenging behaviours, including AOD use.  This workshop will cover key areas that underpin effective planning and support for young people through Resilience Based Care Planning.


Day 1 – Trauma, Attachment and Adolescent Development, Tuesday 15th August, 2023, 9:30AM- 4:30PM

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction to Attachment
  • Understanding Trauma
  • Impacts of Trauma on the Young Person
  • Understanding the links between trauma and AOD use
  • Adolescent Development Theories
  • Risk in Adolescence
  • Developmental needs and adolescent substance use


DAY 2 – Young People, drug use and resilience-based care, Wednesday 16th August, 2023, 9:30AM- 4:30PM

Learning Outcomes:

  • Perspectives on Youth AOD issues
  • Harm reduction
  • Commonly used drugs
  • Understanding the function of substance use and exploring alternatives
  • Engaging young people in ways that work for them
  • Principals of assessment
  • Building motivation and supporting change
  • Overview of resilience-based care

Eligibility Criteria

This training has been funded for workers employed in a Victorian State-funded Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) service, including those who are new to the AOD sector or recently employed under the COVID-19 Workforce Initiative and Peer workers.

Who is not eligible?

Students on placement or internships, workers from other community sectors such as Family Violence, Homelessness and Mental Health and AOD workers outside of Victoria.

Please ensure you have clearance to attend from your line manager. If you cannot attend, even if you find out the day before, please cancel your registration and make your spot available to someone else on the waiting list.

2-day Youth-focussed AOD Practices

Free Course
Training Mode Face to Face
YSAS Head Office
Ground Floor Training Room, Level 3/33 Lincoln Square South,
Carlton, VIC 3053 Australia

VAADA acknowledges the support of the Victoria Government