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.
Red Cross has joined with national youth broadcaster triple j, Smiling Mind and recovery experts to develop a podcast of new music and advice to help people who have experienced trauma. Original article
An online, anonymous, Australia-wide survey over 2,300 Australians aged 16 to 25 has found most young people are well-informed and well-placed to contribute to future policy direction, say researchers from UNSW Australia. Original article
Next year the Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour will undertake a 12-month circumnavigation of the world. Berths on each of the nine passages will be allocated via ballot. To apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit: www.youngendeavour.gov.au Original article
The Students’ Representatives Council at the University of Sydney says unpaid work placements, which are included as part of some university degrees, result in economic hardship for poorer students and may be used to reduce the number of paid jobs. Original article
With more than 580,000 young Australians either underemployed or unemployed, the BSL is holding a seminar on 4 September in Melbourne on Future Foyers and how they can provide support to unemployed young people. Original article