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The Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS) is Australia’s largest, youth-specific community service organisation. Operating since 1998 as Victoria’s flagship Youth AOD service, YSAS now employs over 350 skilled staff across 19 sites in metropolitan and regional Victoria. While the prime focus of YSAS remains on effective Youth AOD Treatment and sector leadership, the organisation also has extensive experience in providing young people and families with services that support improved mental health and improve meaningful community participation.

Level 3/33 Lincoln Square South
Carlton VIC 3053
Ph: 03 9415 8881
Em: reception@ysas.org.au
web: ysas.org.au
Aug 25
Youth Focussed AOD Practices: Adolescents who use alcohol and other drugs (Youth AOD 1-4 combined)
clock Duration: 2-full days
location Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Enrolments are open

YSAS have combined Youth AOD 1-4 into a 2-day training for Youth AOD workers. Day one focuses on understanding trauma, attachment and adverse early childhood experiences and how it informs working with young people who use AOD. Day two will cover key areas that underpin effective planning and support for young people through Resilience Based Care Planning.

clock Timetable:
location Details:

Day 1: Thursday 25th August, 9:30am – 4:30pm

Day 2: Friday 26th August, 9:30am – 4:30pm

  • Training Type: Non-accredited
  • Topic: Adolescent Development, Attachment, Care Planning, Case Work, Harm Minimisation, Harm Reduction, Practice wisdom, Trauma
  • Priority Population: Youth
  • Age Group: Youth
  • Location: 


    YSAS Head Office
    L1/131 Johnston Street
    Fitzroy VIC 3055

About this training:

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
Provider: YSAS

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 are unable to 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.