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Paul Dillon (DARTA): Talks for School Staff & Those Who Work With Young People – 2020

Session Info:

For talks aimed at school staff, and others who work with young people, Paul offers a range of topics to select from. These are most often delivered as part of a whole school community program, but can be tailored and delivered in other contexts.

Alcohol and other drugs: What’s happening and how can teachers make a difference?*

In an already crowded curriculum with little, if any, professional development being provided, Australian schools are increasingly being asked to deal with a wider range of complex social issues, including substance use/misuse. Using the latest Australian Secondary Students Alcohol and Drug (ASSAD) survey results, information will be provided on how many young people report drinking alcohol and/or using other drugs. The presentation will then examine the role schools can realistically play in the prevention of alcohol and other drug use, particularly regarding the development and provision of pastoral care or wellbeing programs. Teachers will be asked to consider their pastoral role and how their actions and relationships with their students can enhance the wellbeing of young people in their care.

*Please note: that for NSW teachers this is a NESA-accredited session and attendance will contribute 1 hour of NESA-registered PD towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW. Please note this must be registered in advance. 

School-based young people and alcohol and other drugs: Hot topics 2020

Although alcohol continues to be the most popular and problematic drug used by Australian secondary school students it is the use of illicit drugs such as methamphetamine (‘ice’) that often cause the greatest community concern. Using the most recent data, this presentation will provide information on how many school-based young people report drinking alcohol and/or using other drugs. A number of ‘hot topics’ will also be discussed including ‘nanging’, ecstasy/MDMA and pill testing and vaping, all subjects that have received media interest in recent times. Finally, the school’s role in providing age-appropriate drug education on these substances and the role that all teachers play in building resilient young people will be examined.

Relevant Links

DARTA provides samples of some of Paul’s presentations here.

Paul maintains a blog through which parents & caregivers can stay up to date and have questions answered here, and one directed at young people here.

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