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Youth Focussed AOD Practices: Adolescents who use alcohol and other drugs (Youth AOD 1-4 combined)

December 1, 2022 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Free Course


Save the Children,
Ground Floor Training Room,
33 Lincoln Square South
Carlton Vic 3053


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 inform 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

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

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

Youth Focussed AOD Practices: Adolescents who use alcohol and other drugs (Youth AOD 1-4 combined)

Free Course
Training Mode Face to Face

VAADA acknowledges the support of the Victoria Government