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Alcohol & Other Drugs

TEACHER RESOURCES & SUPPORT

Encounter Youth is the largest provider of alcohol & other drug education to secondary students in SA and we always aim to provide relevant, research-based and up-to-date information and services to young people. To this end, we offer holistic school seminars and provide helpful teacher resources.

Download all the information you need for our Alcohol & Other Drug education program.

Our Educational Approach

Encounter Youth Education takes a positive and holistic approach. We come alongside and support a school’s existing drug education program. When our seminars are a part of a wider program, it makes both your school’s program and our presentations more effective and more likely to promote lasting changes in your school community.

The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (PDF) produced an excellent report that explored young people’s opinions on alcohol & other drug education. Among the findings, two things helped shape our approach. The research revealed that young people desire…

Drug education that was perceived to be balanced, ‘real’ and non-judgmental, with programs delivered by ‘outsiders’ (not teachers or those in positions of authority).”
Drug education that provided accurate information not skewed towards scare tactics to prevent young people from taking drugs.”

Supported by fact-based research, our approach focuses on the growing number of students across the country who are choosing not to drink alcohol or take other drugs. From this foundation, we address the realities that some students do drink at risky levels and others engage with drugs. We discuss strategies to reduce harm and to look after others if a night doesn’t go according to plan. Our approach is engaging and interactive yet void of scare tactics and sensationalism.

Supporting Teachers

Our program is designed by registered teachers. Thus, it’s mapped to the Australian Curriculum and supports school’s pastoral care programs. We’re confident that our seminars will not only equip young people with important life skills but also add quality to a school’s educational offerings.

In addition to our seminars, we provide ongoing support to schools and teachers by keeping each school up-to-date with current research and trends. We also offer tailored advice and resources that can easily be incorporated into a school’s regular health classes and pastoral care programs.

We publish regular, engaging articles on our website’s blog that teachers can source freely. See below for some of the articles we recommend.

Recommended Articles from Our Education™ Blog

Effective School Drug Education: What does it look like?

School drug education sometimes relies on shocking stories of when it all went wrong. But do effective school drug education programs use this approach?

Drug Education: 3 Reasons Why Students Don’t Remember it

Despite requirements for schools to provide drug education, only half of the students recall receiving more than one drug education lesson in the past year. Why?

How to Manage a Drug Incident in Your School?

For a school staff member yet to encounter a drug incident, it is most likely daunting. That’s where Encounter Youth comes in to provide some guidance.

National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019

Australian young people versus Alcohol & Other Drugs? See this summary of the National Drug Strategy Household Survey 2019 [INFOGRAPHICS].

Is Vaping Bad For You?

When compared to a traditional cigarette, e-cigarettes appear to pose less harm, but in reality, vaping doesn’t come without risks.

The Facts on Inhalants

What is an inhalant, how does it affect the body and what are the risks? We answer all your questions in this article.

RAVES & REVIEWS

Students & Teachers

★★★★★

Highly informative and covered many elements of safety whilst also emphasising a balanced approach of having fun.”

Teacher, Sacred Heart College

★★★★★

If I ever did find myself in a ‘dangerous’ situation, I feel that I’d have more knowledge on how to approach it.”

Year 11 student, Kildare College

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