The  practitioners at at Youth Interventions know first hand that recovery is possible – recovery from many things.

It is not only about abstinence from a substance, or a form of self harm, or the eradication of low mood.  It is also about working with the young person to understand and begin to care about their own emotional and physical wellness.

When harm is identified, teenage substance misuse and maladaptive behaviours can be complex to understand and treat.  We know how to do this.

The personal and relational qualities of our practitioners are:

  1. Authenticity

  2. Empathy

  3. Compassion

  4. Presence

  5. Attunement

And our practitioners have a highly skilled approach to youth engagement based upon a fostered safe environment/relationship where the young person can feel safe.  We are trained in

  • trauma and the consequences of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • therapeutic interventions (ranging from counselling to INCRAS to CBT interventions)

There are however, facts that we are sure of that effectively guide our treatment of adolescents:

  • We know that brain maturation is not complete until around the age of 25 – the implications for this is that early harms may lead to substance misuse disorders in later life or other mental health problems.
  • We know that teenage substance misuse and behavioural problems may differ from that of an adult’s – as such it is crucial to carry out an assessment or establish a context of use in order to utilise the most appropriate intervention (brief or more in depth)
  • We know that randomised control trials demonstrate that no one particular style of treatment is more effective than the other, but crucial is the therapeutic alliance – as such the practitioners at Youth Interventions are highly empathetic yet firm, flexible in their approach yet consistent and have high levels of patience coupled with a strong sense of humour.


Youth Intervention’s model are aligned with that of the clinical guidelines  for adolescent interventions:

  • We screen and assess
  • We offer a brief interventions – or we refer for further treatment.

In some cases, a couple of sessions are all that are required to raise awareness of the harm the young person could potentially do, and prevent escalation.  For others, things may be more complex. Our qualitative research of looked after and accommodated adolescents indicates that many of them fit the Self Medicating Hypothesis.  Of course this is not the case for all young people, but certainly for some, drug use, self harm or other maladaptive behaviours  may be an attempt to alleviate the pain of  underlying emotional/psychological trauma.

Youth Interventions devise a treatment modality and recovery pathway that is person centered and best meets the need of each individual young person.


The practitioners at Youth Interventions are strong on the principles of Evidence Based Practice and we have years of professional experience, working with adolescents who have many complex needs.  We  will work with them across the different domains of their lives.  

We are practical and pragmatic, have sound trained responses to the needs of adolescents and we have a great sense of humour.  We are also highly academically and professionally competent, and as such all of our sessions will be documented in order to demonstrate evidence based practice and accountability.

While most Interventions are Psychosocial, the comprehensive assessment process will consider if the young person does need medical intervention.  If this is required we will work with concerned others to ensure that the young person is immediately referred for medical assistance.

The practitioners at Youth Interventions have a unique skill set which sets us apart – we can help.