Professional Development

Adolescents, Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD): the myths, the truths and what young people want to talk about

This Online Workshop will provide you with the opportunity to engage and be a part of an informative and experiential/ interactive session on young people and AOD. This session will include discussions, information and activities that focus on young people, AOD, risk-taking behaviour and crisis situations. We will explore how we can best support young people, focusing particularly on ways in which we can best communicate with them through these years of experimentation and risk-taking. We will also discuss the vulnerability of our youth in relation to AOD due to advertising and cultural norms. It is important that we, as professionals, understand and appreciate the landscape in which young people are growing up.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the current alcohol and other drugs trends amongst young people;
  • Understand about risk-taking behaviour and crisis situations young people find themselves in; and
  • Develop conversations and communications skills that support young people as they navigate AOD.

Who should attend this workshop?

TEI funded and all other community services


Kim Huckerby is a highly skilled and passionate educator, delivering accredited Mental Health First Aid and Wellbeing programs across Australia through her business, ‘The Wellbeing Affect’. Kim has spent the last 18 years working extensively in the community services space with young people, parents, secondary schools and the corporate sector. Her professional focus has been on adolescent development, engaging in many diverse roles, whilst also pursuing her passion in education and training. Kim has navigated the youth space for many years and has found that through working in different areas such as psycho-education, outreach, mentoring, strategic planning, leadership and teaching/training, she has equipped herself with the necessary tools, skill base and knowledge to impart her years of learning to a large range of audiences. Kim’s participants describe her training as “warm, engaging, energetic and inspiring”.

To participate in this event you must have access to a PC with video capabilities and a reliable internet connection.

More Information

LEAD, ph (02) 9620 6172 or email

Code: NP2154

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Online Workshop


Thursday 12 November 2020


9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Online Workshop


Online via Zoom


  • Member: $40.00 + GST
  • Non-Member: $55.00 + GST

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