Dovetail psychologist Cassie Davis will be facilitating 'young people and drugs' workshops for youth and social workers in the South Burnett.
Dovetail psychologist Cassie Davis will be facilitating 'young people and drugs' workshops for youth and social workers in the South Burnett. Dovetail

Growing confidence in youth workers

YOUTH and social workers will be gaining confidence to have crucial conversations with our youth.

Training will take place across the South Burnett next week for workers who support young people who may be using alcohol or drugs.

Dovetail will hold their workshops in Cherbourg on March 20 and in Kingaroy the following day, for practitioners working with young people from ages 12 to 24.

Dovetail psychologist Cassie Davis said the state-wide service tries to prioritise rural areas with their full day training sessions.

"Particularly for workers in rural or remote areas, they can't easily access the training... so we try to take the training to them,” Ms Davis said.

The workshop facilitator said the biggest concern youth workers have had in the past is a lack of confidence to engage a young person in a conversation about alcohol and drugs.

The workshops will focus on how to identify and understand risks, problems and how to then approach a conversation, Ms Davis said.

Workshop attendees vary depending on the area, however Dovetail tries to make the training available to any worker regularly interacting with young people.

Dovetail tries to visit regional communities as often as possible and will be back in the region with more training in the future, she said.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's alcohol or other drug use contact ADIS, a free 24 hour alcohol and drug phone counselling, information and support service, on 1800 177 833.

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