Quick summary: This one-on-one session helps trusted adults start a conversation with a young person who may be struggling with substance use or abuse. Their use of substances may be causing the individual to display disengagement from school or community activities, aggressive or violent behaviours or be of sufficient concern that the young person reaches out for help, or a concerned adult wishes to raise the issue with them. The session will guide the facilitator through empathy-building, person-centred questioning and problem-solving techniques, referral avenues and building self-worth.
This session is not designed to replace professional help and is merely a starting point for attempting to initiate self-motivated help-seeking by the young person. This session should only be delivered with the young person’s consent and all efforts should be taken to respect their privacy and personal agency.
- The young person will feel acknowledged and supported
- The young person will raise their awareness of underlying personal issues or external circumstances that may be contributing to their substance use
- The young person will consider the long-term and short-term consequences of their substance use
- The young person will develop strategies for managing their feelings in a range of ways
- The young person will be aware of avenues for help-seeking and professional support.
21st century skills:
Australian Curriculum Mapping
Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:
- Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
- Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)
General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability
Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing.
Topic: Health & Wellbeing
This lesson is part of the wider unit of work STOP the Coward Punch: Supporting Resources.
Time required: 60+ mins.
Facilitator role: This session is designed to support trusted and caring adults in an existing relationship with the young person, such as parents/caregivers, teachers, coaches, church leaders, youth workers, school wellbeing staff, community elders or leaders.
- Substances and Me Worksheet (optional)
- Substance Vocabulary Guide (facilitator only).
Related online course: Strategies for Dealing with Aggressive and Violent Behaviours
Keywords: 1 on 1, substance, use, abuse, alcohol, drugs, counselling, support, wellbeing, empathy
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.