Meet the Training team
The Centre for Youth AOD Research and Practice team is made up of dedicated and passionate people who believe in creating a better future for all young people.
The Training team aims to bring evidence based with current training methods and ideas to the Youth AOD sector and wider community. By offering a high level of training and up skilling participants it is being seen that the youth of today and tomorrow are getting the best from our workers.
Commercial Business Manager
Master in Business Management, Bachelor Social Communication
Karina is an experienced Business Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the not for profit and corporate sector. Her career includes providing project support to a large Japanese manufacturing company as well as leading roles in project and event management.
At YSAS, Karina played a key supporting role assisting the finance team. Now, as part of the Centre for Youth AOD Research and Practice, she manages the training and evaluation team. Karina is leading the development and implementation of YSAS Commercial Training + Evaluation across Australia.
Karina is a genuine people person and is passionate about YSAS' amazing work assisting disadvantaged young people.
Senior Trainer and Practice Consultant
Bachelor of Community Mental Health & Alcohol and other Drugs / Diploma of Youth Work / Diploma of Dual Diagnosis / Diploma of Outdoor Recreation / Certificate IV in Alcohol and other Drugs / Certificate IV Training and Assessment
Geoff Bayldon is an experienced Youth Worker, and is a Senior Trainer and Practice Consultant. He has worked at the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) for 14 years, across many programs, including Outreach, Day Program, Drug Withdrawal Unit, and long-term Residential Rehabilitation. Geoff has extensive training experience. He is the principal trainer of “Understanding Methamphetamine” training for Human Service workers in Victoria and all new Child Protection practitioners. Geoff has also provided competency-based training in AOD for Melbourne Polytechnic Communities Services students.
Senior Trainer and Practice Consultant - Family Violence Specialist
Bachelor of Criminology, Masters of Social Work
Bianca Johnston is a Social Worker, Criminologist and Senior Youth Work Practitioner with over 13 years’ experience in the youth area. Bianca has had roles with young people in both statutory and community settings including Child Protection, Out of Home Care and Youth Alcohol and other Drug services. Bianca has specialized in better understanding family violence and surrounding issues and recently designed and developed the Family Violence Capabilities for the sector with FSV from the Victorian Government.
A key focus of her research and practice has been engagement and intervention with young women who experience complex issues including experiences of intimate and family violence, criminal justice system contact and trauma. Her work has ranged from individual support, therapeutic groups, community development projects, large-scale community art projects, and workforce and sector capacity building. Bianca is a committed advocate for young women and is leading practice change in the Victorian Youth support service.