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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.
DARTA provides samples of some of Paul’s presentations here.
This DARTA session will be made available in an online format during this time for current bookings and will be a condensed version of the existing program. During adolescence, teens develop a biological need to be around friends and research strongly suggests that they should be provided opportunities to socialise with their peers whenever possible. […]
These DARTA sessions will be made available in an online format during this time for current bookings and will be a condensed version of the existing program. This workshop has been developed to complement the DARTA presentations that Kris Bobetic presents at Year 9. They aim to educate and empower young people so as to […]
For talks aimed at school students, presentations are fixed in content and format. Year 10 Young people, alcohol and risk taking: Looking after your mates Focussing primarily on alcohol, this introductory session attempts to debunk some of the myths in this area, particularly around how to look after friends. Accurate, up-to-date and credible information will […]
For talks aimed at parents & caregivers, 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. Teenagers, alcohol and other drugs 2020: What’s happening, what’s out there and how much influence do parents […]