Substance & Alcohol Misuse Practitioners For Teenagers & Young People
The practitioners at Youth Interventions have years of expertise working with adolescents who are affected by a lot of the things that being young can bring: self esteem issues, worry, anxiety, breakups, trauma – all of which sometimes result in substance misuse problems, harm, poor eating, lack of self care or little or no self esteem. They don’t call this a time Storm and Stress for nothing!
We’re a good bunch of people, down to earth and experienced, and excellent at what we do and you can find out some more about who we are in About Us. So….
– What does that mean for you, the young person? You’re in safe hands!
– What does that mean for you the parent/carer? You can breathe and trust in our qualifications and experience.
– What does that mean for you, the professional referral agent? We are strong on research and development and are solution and outcomes focused working to the principles of Evidence based Practice. You can check out our qualifications in About Us.
We have years of professional experience, working with adolescents who have many complex needs and we work across the different domains of a young person’s life ensuring that our Interventions are person centered and suitable to the young person’s personality and circumstance. We know that one size doesn’t fit all. That is the beauty of an adolescent. It’s a fantastic period of change and growth.
A Different Approach
Our approach is different because we know that when we are working with young people and looking to change behaviour patterns and thought processes, we have to recognise that it’s not the same as working with an adult. Why? Because:
1. Many young people are resistant to treatment and help. Change of any kind is scary – and we are unknown. It’s common that young people will behave in ways that adults find frustrating and worrying – ways that appear to be causing them harm. But often that’s because there is a lot going on in their lives and their minds that they don’t share with other people. Feelings and emotions can be overpowering, and it takes a long time to be able to find the language skills to do this. They might not even know WHAT they are feeling – but they know that they feel bad.
2. We take time to get to know you and use a variety of different methods to do this. We work collaboratively with the young person, building a therapeutic bond and ensuring that this process is not something that happens to them, but something that they are proactively doing for themselves – with a little guidance and help.
3. Youth Interventions practitioners know from experience that we do not have to wait for the young person to have their “epiphany” before we can work with them. Much work can be done to build resilience and self esteem, reduce harm and encourage motivation for change. Our One to One Interventions ensure that our practitioners roll with resistance and always work to the principles of motivational interviewing.
4. Young people use substances, stop eating, hurt themselves and isolate for many different reasons. In order to ensure that the most appropriate intervention and treatment is matched to their needs, great care and time is taken when carrying out the assessment process in order to establish a context of use. What’s really going on with them? Because for the most part – the maladaptive behaviours aren’t the problem – they are often considered to be the solution to something else that is troubling.
In recognition of this, we consider the vulnerabilities that our young people face. Not only are we skilled in the counselling of young people, addictions and trauma, but we are socially aware and sensitive to the contributing factors that can escalate emotional problems for our young people.
The practitioners at Youth Interventions recognise that hormones, social media,depression, poverty, inter-generational substance misuse, crime, inequalities, abuse, disruptive home lives can all be contributing factors as to why a young person may be in emotional distress and misuse substances. And sometimes, it isn’t about any of these things and it’s just about the “buzz” and having fun – until it isn’t fun anymore, for anyone.
How We Can Help
Youth Interventions can work with young people from any background and in a variety of community settings – in school, or at home. Our style is informal and non clinical and we also have years of experience working with young people who are Looked After and Accommodated.
We are practical and pragmatic and have good responses to the needs, moods and natures of adolescents. We couple this with sound academic and professional underpinnings and as such all of our sessions will be documented in order to demonstrate evidence based practice, accountability and positive outcomes for the young person.
To find out more about us, what we do, and how we can help you, please call us on 07799952937.
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