Introduction to Problematic Substance Use in Adolescence (Professional Certificate)

Substance use continues to be a major part of Australian life and adolescence is a time when many people are first introduced to illicit substance use. Many important decisions are required to be made about how adolescents use, or not use, drugs.

This course is designed to provide teachers and those working with adolescents with a basic understanding of the effects of drug use so, if needed, they can aid with harm minimisation, drug education, assist others to seek appropriate intervention and help adolescents make intelligent decisions to reduce the risk of harm from drug use.

Topics covered

  • The effects of drugs on the body and adolescent development
  • Understanding and advising adolescents on the risks of illicit drug use
  • Assisting adolescents with harm minimisation
  • Identifying high risk situations
  • The types of substance use treatment available and how to seek help
  • Understanding and implementing the Ethics of Alcohol and Other Drug assistance


2 days - six hours per day.

When and where

15 and 16 May 2020 (Friday and Saturday)
9.00am – 4.00pm
Clayton campus


$895 (incl GST)


There are no prerequisites for this course.  It is suitable for teachers, professionals and others who work with adolescents.


Your presenter will identify a variety of practical tasks during the course.


This course is aligned with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST): 4.4 and 7.4

You will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Faculty of Education, Monash University.