Friday 21 August 2015
9:15am – 4:00pm
This one day seminar is designed for teachers, nurses, welfare coordinators and other professionals seeking to understand and respond to adolescent alcohol and drug use. Recent media reports have highlighted the potential devastating effects of drugs such as ice and alcohol, however, the full picture is not always presented. In this workshop we introduce key topics to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of alcohol and drug use in young people.
- Adolescents’ drugs of choice
- Understanding adolescent drug use
- The adolescent brain and substance use
- Substance use and mental health
- Implications for families
- Prevention and early intervention
Who should attend? Those working in the AOD sector and allied health professionals including nurses, psychologists, social workers ad teachers seeking to gain a better understanding of working with adolescent AOD use
Trainers: Shirley Gill, Senior Education and Training Officer and Fiona Blee, Project Officer, Workforce Development, Turning Point
Shirley is a psychologist with post-graduate qualifications in counselling and clinical psychology with twenty years experience in the field of addictive behaviours. She currently coordinates the AOD youth subjects in the Turning Point Graduate Certificate/Diploma of AOD Studies and the Monash University Master of Addictive Behaviours. Her work with adolescents has been in secondary school teaching, university student counselling, youth mental health, and youth alcohol & other drugs.
Fiona is an energetic trainer who has worked extensively with adolescents and the adults that care for them. She is experienced running classroom sessions with secondary school students focused on sexual health, mental health and alcohol and drug use. Her courses are practical and interactive, drawing upon participant and trainer experiences and based on industry best practice.
She currently works with Turning Point, where she is managing a NHMRC-funded randomised control trial. The trial is looking at the efficacy of the MAKINGtheLINK health education program that aims to enhance the help-seeking skills of secondary school students. Fiona is experienced running professional learning sessions for staff.
Fiona completed a Masters degree in Public Health in 2010 at La Trobe University, where she undertook action research into how to engage youth in school-based mental health promotion. She is passionate about working with CALD groups, young people and people experiencing disability.
Expression of Interest Forms can be completed by downloading the PDF file below.