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April 7, 2017

DOVETAIL'S GUIDE TO SLANG TERMS

Up the Murray Cod? Got your moon boots on? Drug slang terms can be baffling for workers. Slang terms can be highly localised - used by particular social groups, and changing over time. In order to assist in translating some of these terms, Dovetail has developed a handy Guide to Slang Terms. Slang terms can be easily misinterpreted or misunderstood, and our guide is by no means definitive. If you know of terms that we haven't covered or if you've got an alternative definition that we should know about, please feel free to get in touch. Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms is available electronically on our website, alongside the AOD Acronym list that we developed a few months back. Both guides are also available as a PDF suitable for printing, for those times when you really need to know the difference between a pinger and a dinger.


Go to Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms


Download a PDF of Dovetail's Guide to Slang Terms (165KB PDF)

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April 7, 2017

SNAP THAT STIGMA: REDUCING THE STIGMA FACED BY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A CARE EXPERIENCE

The Create Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They have recently launched a campaign to help reduce the stigma faced by young people with a care experience: #snapthatstigma.  The campaign is designed to highlight positive stories and achievements of young people with a care experience.  Create have made a video featuring eight young people sharing their experiences, as well as a stigma position paper and a social media campgain based around #snapthatstigma.

Find out more at Create's Snap That Stigma page

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April 7, 2017

CALL FOR BACKUP: JUVENILE DETENTION IN AUSTRALIA

The Monthly magazine recently featured an essay by Russell Marks, titled "Call for backup."  The article provides an overview of the challenges faced by juvenile justice services across Australia, in recent times. There have been a number of incidents at youth detention centres around Australia, which raise questions about how to best respond to young people who commit crimes. The article provides an overview of the issues, which frequently come down to the balance between the therapeutic needs of young people in youth detention (the majority of whom have suffered from various degrees of trauma) with the public and media push for punishment.

Go to the article "Call for backup"

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March 31, 2017

RESOURCES TO SUPPORT WORK WITH ABORIGINAL YOUNG PEOPLE IN REMOTE COMMUNITIES

In 2015, Dovetail received a small grant from Feb Fast in order to increase access to tools and resources that support alcohol and other drug work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people. Throughout the development of the Dovetail good practice guide "Learning from each other: Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Young People" a range of resources were identified. The Remote AOD Program from the Northern Territory developed a series of resources including a Brief Wellbeing Screener, and resources designed to support direct client work around cannabis, alcohol, methamphetamine as well as a resource around alcohol and pregnancy. Dovetail has re-printed these resources and they are available free of charge to any worker or community who would like them.

View the resources at the Remote AOD Workforce Program website

If you would like to order free copies of the Remote AOD resources, email info@dovetail.org.au

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March 31, 2017

WORKER SELF CARE

We can't emphasise enough how important it is to take care of your physical and emotional health when working with young people in the alcohol and other drug sector. Youth and drug and alcohol work though rewarding a lot of the time can also cause anxiety and stress. Sometimes we don't see the positive outcomes we are hoping for and this can leave us feeling flat and emotionally drained. Over time this can lead to compassion fatigue and burnout. Our colleagues at Youth Support and Advocacy Service (YSAS) in Victoria developed the Youth AOD Toolbox back in 2014 with a wide range of information and resources for youth AOD workers. The Toolbox has an excellent module on worker self-care which explains what self-care is, why it's important and how to prevent compassion fatigue. There is also a helpful list of guidelines to assist you in developing your own self-care plan.

 

Check out the module here

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March 31, 2017

UNDERSTANDING OTHERS' FEELINGS: WHAT IS EMPATHY AND WHY DO WE NEED IT?

The conversation has introduced a series on understanding others feelings and this piece by Pascal Molenberghs from Monash University looks at empathy. Showing empathy is important for workers when providing treatment and support to clients, it is an attribute that can help build a good therapeutic alliance, but what is empathy? This article called "Understanding others' feelings: what is empathy and why do we need it?" explains the different types of empathy and why we need it to help us understand how others are feeling. It also describes how our brain can be selective when it comes to showing empathy in different situations.


Read the article here.

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March 23, 2017

UNIVERSAL HARM REDUCTION (VIDEO)

See here for a short 5 minute video we made at the end of last year on some of the key principles of providing good harm reduction advice; as well as some examples of harm reduction advice in practice. Harm reduction is a key underlying principle of working with young people who use alcohol and other drugs. While there are a range of substance specific harm reduction practices, there are also a number of standard pieces of harm reduction advice that is relevant for any young person, regardless of the substance they might be using.

Watch "Universal harm reduction"

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March 23, 2017

PERSONALITY TARGETED PREVENTION TO REDUCE ALCOHOL USE AND HARM

Drug and Alcohol Research Connections recently published an article titled "Personality-targeted prevention to reduce alcohol use and related harms among 'high-risk' adolescents."  The article describes a research project that assessed the impact of a prevention program called "Preventure" which targets specific personality types associated with high risk substance use. This study followed 478 students with some receiving the "Preventure" intervention, while the control group received regular health education.  The study found that the high-risk students who received the "Preventure" intervention had reduced uptake of alcohol consumption and binge drinking, as well as reduced alcohol related harms.

Go to "Personality-targeted prevention to reduce alcohol use and related harms among 'high-risk' adolescents."

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March 23, 2017

NEW WEBSITE PROVIDES A REFERRAL DATABASE FOR LGBTIQ YOUNG PEOPLE

The RAD Australia website provides a referral database for LGBTIQ young people and workers to search for and review LGBTIQ friendly services in their local area. The RAD Australia website is an outcome of the You Learn From Each Other report, which researched the experiences and barriers of help seeking for LGBTIQ young people.

Read the "You Learn From Each other" report here.

Visit the RAD Australia website here.

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March 17, 2017

AYAHUASCA TOURISM IN SOUTH AMERICA

ABC's Foreign Correspondent recently featured an episode that focused on ayahuasca tourism in South America, and some of the risks faced by foreign tourists.  Ayahuasca is a hallucinogenic tea that contains DMT.  It is traditionally used in South America by shamans who use it as a medicine. Ayahuasca has become popular amongst tourists, with ayahuasca retreats operating in several South American countries.  In 2015, a young New Zealander travelled to Peru to try ayahuasca.  Prior to using the ayahuasca, he was given a tea that contained tobacco as a part of a cleansing process, which led to his death. This Foreign Correspondent episode tells the story of ayahuasca tourism, and the reporter travels to Peru to the retreat where this young New Zealander died.

Go to "Foreign Correspondent: It doesn't happen to people like me"

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