Reality of drugs in our schools
Date: 22 June 2017
Venue: Dalpark-Education Development Centre. 18 Essenhout Street, Dalpark, Brakpan.
Presenter: Dr. Lenette Kruger
CPD: 6 General; Level 1
The misuse of drugs amongst the youth is rife as ever. Drug information should be scientifically accurate, objective, non-biased and presented without value-judgement with the aim of harm-reduction and abstinence. The problem is not going to go away on its own, it is time to be pro-active in finding a lasting solution. The workshop is focused on empowering professionals to assist youth with an addiction problem.
Aims of the workshop:
- Identifying different drugs being used by the youth.
- Identifying the signs and symptoms of drug use.
- Discussion of phases of addiction.
- Discussion of high risk factors and why youth use drugs.
- Exploration of the family dynamics and roles regarding drug use.
- Providing guidance to parents regarding what to do if their child is using drugs/ alcohol.
- Identifying the process of helping and referring a youth with a drug problem.
- Discussion of drug policies and testing in schools.
- Discussion regarding ethical responsibilities of the therapist and school regarding reporting of drug use.
Outcomes of the workshop:
After completion of the workshop the participants will be able to:
- Be able to identify the drugs used by the youth and the effects of them.
- Understand the phases of addiction and factors that influence it.
- Be able to give guidance to parents and schools on how to report and refer a youth with a drug addiction.
- Have clarity on ethical responsibilities regarding reporting drug use in and out of a therapeutic relationship.
- Understand the policies needed and support structure that can be put in place in schools to deal with drug abuse more effectively.