Connect & Learn: Risk in Adolescence

28 Feb 2019


Following on from last year’s webinar; “Role of risk in adolescent development – young people and drug use”, this webinar will provide participants with the opportunity to look more closely at the practice of working with risk taking young people.

We will explore how seeing their behaviours through a different lens can provide us with some vital insights to work more effectively and productively with them and enhance their safety.


  1. Understanding the different dimensions of adolescent risk taking and where AOD use fits in
  2. Assessing the function of risk taking in the lives of young people. What are they willing to gamble and what does this tell us about them, their unmet needs and what they value?
  3. Providing alternatives that are acceptable to young people and that more safely and sustainably meet their needs.


Geoff Bayldon is an experienced Youth Worker, and is a Senior Trainer and Practice Consultant. He has worked at YSAS for 14 years, across many programs, including Outreach, Day Program, Drug Withdrawal Unit, and long-term Residential Rehabilitation.

Geoff is currently providing ‘Understanding Methamphetamines’ training across Victoria to Human Service organisations, and as part of the Beginning Practice program at Child Protection.

Geoff is also a qualified VET trainer and assessor, and recently delivering and assessing AOD competencies at Melbourne Polytechnic.

Video presentation

About Connect & Learn

This is the ninth in a series of 10 case-based webinars funded by DHHS, designed to support AOD clinicians throughout regional Victoria and metropolitan Victoria.

Webinars will be presented by experienced clinicians currently working in the AOD sector and facilitated by Turning Point.