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Family Work Skills and AOD: strengths based approaches to engaging families of young people experiencing alcohol and drug use. June 17th CALFWAOD20190617 (Cancelled)

Monday June 17, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm



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Family Work Skills and AOD: strengths based approaches to engaging families of young people experiencing alcohol and drug use

Young people engaging in drug use and other problematic behaviours may be experiencing conflict with their families, however the family is often the most valuable resource available to a young person.


This one day training, delivered by AOD specialists, the Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS),  is designed for workers to build their skills and confidence to effectively engage the families of young people they work with to create strengths and opportunities for them.

It covers strategies to help parents reflect on their behaviour, and to identify stages of motivation and means of collaboration with families.


Learning Outcomes:


Understand the common difficulties and challenges working with families

Identify families’ strengths and resources, and support existing coping strategies

Understand how the cultural background of families influences perceived strengths and supports

Increase strategies for collaboration and information sharing with families (both at a treatment and organisational level)

Confidently respond to complex presentations including: family violence, parental substance use, and intergenerational trauma.


About the trainer:

Horace Wansbrough
GradDip. (Alcohol and Other Drug studies), M. (Clinical Family Therapy).
Horace is a youth worker and family therapist with over 17 years experience working with children, young people and families. He has a special interest in assisting families face the challenges of supporting a loved one who has drug and alcohol issues or is in contact with the criminal justice system. Horace’s presentations are filled with real stories from the street, but are grounded in sound scientific evidence and the latest research into ‘what works’ to support young people’s health and wellbeing


Who should attend?

This workshop will benefit anyone who works with children, young people and families where there is a risk of exposure to methamphetamines. This includes child protection, family violence, out of home care, youth justice, social workers, case managers, carers, youth workers, teachers, school-based staff, nurses, mental health workers and counsellors.


Monday June 17
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Centre For Excellence in Child and Family Welfare
Level 5, 50 Market St
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia
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03 9614 1577

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