This report contributes to a more comprehensive approach to understanding and meeting the training needs of youth AOD workers in responding to Family Violence in Victoria.

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Adolescence, as described by Ingersoll (1989), is a, “period of personal development during which a young person must establish a personal sense of individual identity and feelings of self worth which include an alteration of his or her body image, adaptation to more mature intellectual abilities, adjustments to society’s demands for behavioral maturity, internalising a personal value system and preparing for adult roles.”

A new brochure describing the care planning model “Care Planning for Resilience” has been published by YSAS and the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development.

Care Planning for Resilience applies evidence from developmental science and resilience research, and has the purpose of creating a motivating plan which addresses the issues that matter to the young person.

Substance misuse and dependence continues to be a leading cause of harm for Victorian young people and their families.

Victoria has an established, youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) service system that works with young people and their families to reduce risk of harm and prevent problems from escalating.

“Advancing Youth Work”

Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS), partnered with the Victorian Alcohol and Drug Association (VAADA), the Youth Affairs Council of Victoria (YACVic) and the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE), held the inaugural ‘Youth AOD Practice Summit’ on 28th March 2014.

The aim was to  provide youth practitioners and policy makers with the opportunity to contribute to the conversation about best practice in the Youth AOD field, whilst advancing their knowledge and skills in working with young people.



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