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
Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs
Working within communities
Maintaining professional and personal development
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
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