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  • 60 minutes of learning

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  • Editable workbook

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  • Certificate of completion

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Ms Tara Guckel, Research Assistant, Positive Chices
Jennifer Debenham, Project Lead, The Illicit Project
Dr Erin Kelly. Lead Trainer, Preventure Program
Dr Lexine Stapinski, Project Lead, Positive Choices

About this session

Positive Choices is an online portal to help school communities’ access accurate, up-to-date drug education resources and prevention programs. 

Hear from Positive Choices Research Assistant, Tara Guckel; Communications Officer, Felicity Duong; Project Manager, Dr Smitri Nepal; Strong & Deadly Futures Project Manager, Dr Kylie Routledge and Clinical Psychologist and Lead in Intervention and Implementation at the Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, University of Sydney, Dr Lexine Stapinski. 


Risk Factors for Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Implications for Prevention

This presentation discuss the prevalence of drug and alcohol use among young people; the role personality, mental health and the developing brain have on shaping teenager's drug and alcohol use, and implications for prevention. The importance of evidence-based prevention practices will be highlighted along with three drug and alcohol prevention programs from the nationally funded portal, Positive Choices, established to help school communities’ access accurate, up to date, evidenced informed drug and alcohol information and prevention resources - The Illicit Project, The Preventure Program and The Inroads Program.

  • Understand how common drug and alcohol use is among young people

  • Learn about the role of risk factors for preventing alcohol and drug use

  • Understand how the developing adolescent brain, personality and anxiety and mental health can shape teenager's drug and alcohol use

  • Find resources and programs that can be implemented in schools

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Speakers

    • Downloadable Coursebook

    • A note on professional development

  • 2


    • Alcohol and other drug use among young people

    • The Developing Adolescent Brain

    • Personality

    • Anxiety and Mental Health

    • Take Home Messages

  • 3


    • Test your learning

    • TQI Registered Teacher Documentation

  • 4


    • What did you think?

  • 5


    • Some resources to share

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