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Alcohol and Other Drug Use in Youth: Motivational Tools for Harm Reduction

Develop your skills and increase your knowledge around supporting young people who present with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues, from a harm reduction perspective.



Develop your skills and increase your knowledge around supporting young people who present with alcohol and other drug (AOD) issues from a harm reduction perspective. Learn to identify problematic AOD use in this population and positive strategies to respond in an empathetic and supportive way.  Familiarise yourself with support services available to rangitahi (youth) in Canterbury, and how to access these.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Consider the prevalance of AOD use in rangatahi

  • Explore the developing brain and the impact of AOD use in this population

  • Discuss the concept of harm reduction and provision of specific drug education

  • Strategies for engaging, empowering and working with rangitahi who experience AOD issues

  • Motivational Enhancement, Screening and Brief Interventions

  • Overview of AOD support and treatment services for young people in the Canterbury region and how to access these

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

4. Working within communities

7. Maintaining professional and personal development

Facilitated by Samantha Williams 

BSc (Hons) Psychology, MSc Professional and Policy Studies, Dip HE (RN) Mental Health

The early part of Samantha’s career was spent in the South of England working in mental health acute inpatients, ICU and community teams after graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 1994 with BSc (Hons) Psychology and then in 1997 with MSc Professional and Policy Studies and Dip HE (RN) Mental Health. Moving to Christchurch in 2003, Samantha initially worked in acute inpatients then joined CADS setting up the AOD Central Co-ordination Service. As well as working as a private contractor in Primary Care and Canterbury Prisons, she continues to work on various AOD projects.

Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Four | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view an online workshop session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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