Families represent the most important resources that young people have in their journey through treatment toward recovery. Unfortunately, family members are often seen as part of the problem and not as part of the solution to adolescent alcohol and other drug (AOD) treatment and recovery. This attitude and misperception can be changed through education, outreach, and engagement of family members. Family involvement and creating a parent-professional collaborative partnership is a step toward improving the outcomes for adolescents in need of treatment and recovery. It is crucial that families understand the treatment process, as well as the hope, process, and reality of recovery. Without information families may not understand the importance of a treatment and recovery plan for their adolescent, the potential adverse consequences, and the impact of these AOD problems on other family members. Families need to learn the continuum of services and supports available, and how family participation improves treatment outcomes and strengthens the recovery process. Family involvement should be an essential part of intake, treatment, and recovery planning, as well as the foundation for effective parent–professional partnerships.
headspace will expand by 10 more sites by 2017–2018, and is spearheading a new campaign to encourage young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to seek help when they are having difficulties. Original article
The spiritual leader of Muslims in Australia, Ibrahim Abu Mohammad, has warned young people not to trust ‘Sheik Google and Sheik YouTube’, saying they are ‘very dangerous and they have no moral or religious authority’. Original article
Nominations for the 2014 Australian Human Rights Awards, which include The Young People’s Human Rights Medal, have been extended for an extra two weeks. The closing date for nominations is now Friday 26 September. Original article
Mission Australia will hold its second Youth Ball in Perth on Friday 10 October, during 2014 Mental Health Week. This event is for young people who may have never had a chance to attend a school ball due to factors such as alcohol and other drug misuse, homelessness, non-engagement with school and employment, and backgrounds of family and domestic conflict and violence. Original article
The Australian Council of Social Service has called on the Australian Government to bring together key experts to develop a comprehensive youth employment strategy to tackle Australia’s high youth employment levels. Original article