Drugs, crime and brief interventions for young offenders

11 April 2012


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Drugs and crime interact in a variety of ways, but certainly tend to exacerbate each other. The evidence is clear that reduced drug use is associated with reduced crime. Frontline workers often feel ill-equipped to address the complexity of presentations of young offenders who use drugs, yet access to effective community or residential treatment is often elusive. This course will provide an update on the drug use of young people, available intervention options, and how those who come into contact with young offenders who use drugs may be able to provide helpful evidence-informed and brief interventions.

About the speaker:

John Howard (BA, MA(Couns), MClinPsych, DipCrim, PhD, MAPS) joined the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) in 2008 as a Senior Lecturer and works with the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre, as well as NDARC's international research activities and those with a focus on young people. He has worked in schools, juvenile justice, adolescent mental health and drug treatment, and universities. John is a consultant Clinical Psychologist and his major clinical, teaching and research areas are: adolescent substance use and 'street youth', comorbidity, depression and suicide in young people, working with marginalised youth and those with multiple and complex needs, adolescent psychotherapy, same-sex attracted youth, HIV infection in adolescents, resilience, youth treatment capacity-building and developing 'youth friendly' harm reduction. He consults to WHO, UNICEF, UNODC and UNESCAP on capacity-building for community treatment of young drug users and increasing access to harm reduction services for young injecting drug usersInternational work has taken him to Nepal, China, Thailand Viet Nam, Lao PDR, India, Philippines, Egypt and South Africa.

Registration fees

Full fee: $240 (inc GST) F/T student: $150 (inc GST) University of Sydney staff: $190 (inc GST) Sydney Law School alumni: $190 (inc GST)

Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Location: Room 340, Sydney Law School, New Law Building ANNEX (F10), Eastern Avenue, University of Sydney

Cost: Full fee: $240 (inc GST) F/T student: $150 (inc GST) University of Sydney staff: $190 (inc GST) Sydn

Contact: Sydney Institute of Criminology

Phone: 02 9351 0450

Email: 792e53415b0541050430363c230d511b31383a08083d0f7c283603405038