This course is designed to enable practitioners across the Health Advisory Service (HAS) (2001) tiers to screen and assess young people for substance use; and to identify and take appropriate action.
The course will examine the relationship between young people and drug use and give a brief overview of the common substances used and their effects and the potential implications for the user.
What is young people’s drug and alcohol screening?
Screening is a relatively short and simple process that can be done by staff who are not drug and alcohol specialists. Doing this simple screening will help your staff:
- To be able to identify the early signs of drug and alcohol misuse in young people
- To be able to discuss drug and alcohol use with young people
- To be proactive and not wait for problems to escalate
- To know how to respond if a young person needs additional or specialist help
What is young people’s drug and alcohol assessment?
The training will enable attendees to:
- Explore a young person’s use or misuse of substances
- Inform young people how to reduce harm and help them make an action plan for change.
Key Training Outcomes:
- How to identify risk and resilience factors for young people’s drug and alcohol misuse
- How to confidently use young people’s drug and alcohol screening and assessment tools
- How to access build a toolkit of resources for drug and alcohol interventions
- How and when to refer individuals to specialists