Australian Youth AOD Conference

25 & 26 August 2016

Now open for Registrations!

YSAS, with the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development and YoDAA are excited to invite you to the annual Australian Youth AOD Conference.

This year the theme is “Every Experience Matters”.

Practitioners supporting young people create opportunities for positive development, and understand the influence of structural conditions on the lives of their clients.

The Conference will explore these structural influences (day 1), and then provide the participants with the opportunity to develop new skills and knowledge for their work with young people (day 2).

Check out the program!

Half-price tickets!

The Conference has been subsidised by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS Victoria), and the Centre for Youth AOD Practice Development, so ticket prices are half of last year’s. There are also special student prices.

Register now!

For further information do not hesitate to contact Karina Belloti or Jo Driscoll on 03 9415 8881.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The team at Australian Youth AOD Conference 2016

Australian Youth AOD Conference 2016

Using technology to treat young people

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This webinar is focused on how technology can be harnessed to provide best practice mental health and wellbeing care in the youth sector.

It will touch on the four areas that are offered in the Certificate in Young People’s Mental Health and Technology:

  • Introduction to Young People’s Mental Health & Technology
  • Technology, Suicide Prevention & Self-Harm
  • Integrating Technology in Professional Practice
  • Legal & Ethical Principles Regarding Technology in Professional Practice


For more information or to register, visit the Orygen website

BreakThrough Ice Education for Families

BreakThrough Ice Education for Families is a program that provides free educational sessions for families of people who use ice. These sessions are scheduled across Victoria and registrations are now open for Warrnambool, Horsham, Geelong, Altona and Carnegie.

BreakThrough Ice Education for Families is supported by the State Government through itsIce Action Plan and was developed by Turning Point, The Bouverie Centre and SHARC – Self Help Addiction Resource Centre.

BreakThrough can help Victorians recognise when a family member has a problem with ice and it can also help them develop skills to support their loved one, themselves and other impacted family members. BreakThrough has had outstanding success reaching over 1,000 Victorians concerned about their loved ones’ ice use.

Feedback from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive:

  • Over 95% rating their overall satisfaction with the BreakThrough program as high or very high.
  • 98% said they would recommend BreakThrough to other people with similar concerns.

Participants have come from all walks of life have attended. We have had parents, siblings, aunts and uncles, grandparents and concerned friends attend. What are families saying about BreakThrough?

“I have had many years’ experience of dealing with my younger brother’s drug use. I found BreakThrough informative and useful. I am able to take away new tools to educate myself and my family.”

“The facilitator was caring and knowledgeable and the sense of hope provided was very welcome.”

Registrations are now open for the following sessions:

  • Horsham – Tuesday, 31st May, 11am – 3pm
  • Geelong – Monday, 6th June, 11am – 3pm
  • Altona – Tuesday, 14th June, 11am – 3pm
  • Carnegie – Tuesdays, 14th & 28th June5:45pm – 8pm*

*The Carnegie session runs as 2 x 2 hour sessions. Participants need to attend both sessions.

To register please go to: or telephone 8413 8700.

For more information on the BreakThrough program, please contact Dean Rogut

Discussion Event: ‘Do What You Love’

“’The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

 These famous words from Steve Jobs have profoundly influenced modern attitudes towards work. It is the subject our next Young Workers Centre event: a discussion on the ‘Do What You Love’ Lie.

Dr Miya Tokumnitsu, author of Do What You Love (and Other Lies About Success and Happiness), reckons we’ve got it all wrong.

Join Miya, the team from the Young Workers Centre and the John Cain Foundation as we have a drink and get to the bottom of how we combine work and love – or if we even should!

This is a joint event by the Young Workers Centre and the John Cain Foundation, with sponsorship from Slater + Gordon.


Tues May 31, 2016 at 6pm – 7:30pm


Meeting Room 1, Trades Hall


Youth on Agenda

The Youth on the Agenda website is now live at! We’re still making a few minor tweaks here and there but please let me know if you find any bugs.

As discussed, we will launch tomorrow –  please email your members/supporters and use social media to drive them to the site. You will find draft email and social media content in this folder.

Please also make sure to include the campaign in any newsletters or bulletins you schedule over the next month.

Thanks again for your support.

Leo Fieldgrass
National Director
Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (AYAC)

Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder

2016 Melbourne

This two-day workshop will explore the latest evidence about Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in young people.  We now know that structured clinical care and simpler treatments have been demonstrated to be almost as effective as specialized treatments for BPD and this workshop will explore some of the principles underpinning successful models.

The workshop will specifically review the HYPE program, an evidence-based early intervention service for BPD that was developed in 2000 in Australia. It is a time-limited, integrated, team-based approach that is based on Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).


Read more here

Understanding Youth Mental Health: Training

Training Modules

Photo of young people in classOur training modules enable you to access contemporary approaches to the understanding and treatment of youth mental health issues. Offered through our interactive web-based learning platform, our online courses are:

  • Accessible when and where you want
  • Informed by the latest research in youth mental health

Follow the links below to log in and access one of our online courses.

Introductory training modules

Our introductory training modules provide you with a short overview of the latest approaches to key youth mental health issues. These modules take approximately 15 minutes to complete. All our introductory online modules are free.

Read more here