Thank you to all workers and young people for participating in ThYNC 2016.

We reached 850 completed forms!   

The census reveals the scale of the drug and alcohol problems affecting young Victorians.

Senior Researcher Dr Karen Hallam said of the 850 young people surveyed between the ages of 14 and 26 who had engaged with alcohol and drug services, almost half were dependent on cannabis and about 11 per cent on alcohol.

 A little snapshot of 850 young people:

Seminar:  ERIC: Emotional Regulation and Impulse Control - Dr Kate Hall | Senior Lecturer, Deakin University - 13/04/2016

Please click here to watch ERIC Seminar.

Deakin University and YSAS are conducting a study into the effectiveness of Practitioner-guided Emotion Regulation & Impulse Control Interventions specifically designed for young people with AOD and other behavioural health problems. 

More to come soon on this major research project.

YSAS and Deakin University are collaborating with the University of Sydney to develop the ATOP-Y. The ATOP-Y will be a valid and reliable tool for measuring the extent of drug and alcohol use, and the complexity of social, family, legal and psychological issues experienced by the client, so that treatment needs can be better identified, and outcomes measured. A web-based practitioner-youth interface will be designed and strong emphasis will be on ensuring that the process of implementing ATOP-Y is viable and acceptable for practitioners and their clients. 

The Statewide Youth Needs Census (SYNC) identified the needs and characteristics of young people registered as clients of specialist youth AOD treatment services in Victoria. The study was conducted by YSAS in partnership with Turning Point and Victorian youth alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment services.



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