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Children and young people who misuse substances

Level: 3 | Modules: 1 | Hours: 10

Children and young people who harm themselves present a real challenge to those who live and work with them. This course, with a specific focus on children and young people who misuse substances, enables practitioners to recognise that all such behaviours are maladaptive responses which have served a purpose for the child.
This understanding provides learners with a platform for developing ways of responding in ways which can promote positive prosocial behaviours

Target audience: Adults across children's services

Learning outcomes / assessment criteria

  1. Understand how unmet attachment needs and childhood trauma can lead to substance misuse
    1. Explain how secure attachment relationships contribute to developing adaptive behaviours around self-regulation of stress, impulse and shame
    2. Identify factors which contribute to developing maladaptive behaviours involving misuse of substances
  2. Understand ways to develop skills in working effectively with children and young people who are misusing substances
    1. Outline the benefits which children and young people may believe they derive from misusing substances
    2. Describe ways of working effectively with children and young people who misuse substances

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