Substance Use and Young People

An exploration of substance use trends amongst young people, and the practical interventions that can be utilised to support behaviour change.

This training is designed for those who want to improve their knowledge and skills of appropriate intervention techniques for use with young people whose use of alcohol and other drugs is causing harm or potential harm

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • name the most common substances in use by young people and describe their key effects
  • identify the reasons why young people may choose to use substances
  • recognise the risk factors for problematic substance use
  • describe common patterns of use amongst young people including poly-drug use
  • recognise prevention, recovery and harm reduction interventions
  • identify effective strategies to work with young people through
    non-judgemental conversations about substance use that support behaviour change.

Aimed At

Youth workers, drug workers, housing/homelessness workers, social workers, GPs, nurses, teachers, mental health workers and anyone working with vulnerable young people.




One day