In May 2018, members of the Youth AOD Services Network participated in the ‘Youth AOD theory in practice symposium’ (TIPS) organised by NADA with support from the Ministry of Health.
Youth AOD TIPS was a one-day symposium that provided workers with an opportunity to develop their skills in engaging with young people through theory and practical knowledge in the realm of therapeutic alliance, attachment theory, somatic experiencing and strategies to engaging with disengaged youth.
Feedback from the symposium was very positive, with respondents requesting to hold another youth-centred symposium. One respondent commented, ‘I actually though this was one of the best planned and coherent days I have attended. All the talks worked well together and flowed.’
About the network
The Youth AOD Services Network is a collective of community based organisations that provide specialist services to young people seeking support for alcohol and other drugs use. The group works together to enhance service provision, develop partnerships and improve referrals. They participate in a range of networking, knowledge exchange and capacity building activities and actively work with NADA to advocate for improved AOD treatment access for young people in New South Wales.
The network meets four times a year. Past training activities include:
Resilience building in young people
Black Dog Institute
Psychopharmacology and young people
Young people and methamphetamine
Dr Suzie Hudson
Prevention and de-escalation of crisis in young people
Working with people in AOD using a Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) approach
Lauren Mullaney, MA Triple Care Farm
If you would like to become a member of the Youth AOD Services Network, please contact Tata at firstname.lastname@example.org.