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headspace has developed free accredited online training for allied health professionals* working with young people.

The training modules are engaging, interactive, and evidence informed, with a range of interesting cases. The training also links to helpful clinical resources, including videos of consultations and interviews with healthcare professionals, other experts and young people.

The development of the training modules involved significant consultation with subject matter experts, healthcare providers, young people and family and friends representatives.

All modules have a mental health component and address specific considerations for treating young people who identify as coming from Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds, or as LGBTIQ+.

*AHPs include Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, AOD workers, Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses.

Course Modules

Module 1: ‘Youth Mental Health’

6 hours

This module covers essential skills and knowledge needed when seeing young people in general practice, including best-practice recommendations and resources about:

  • Engaging young people
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Psychosis

This training is available on headspace Learning for headspace workers, and on ThinkGP for other AHPs.

Module 2: ‘Alcohol and other Drugs and Sexual Health in Young People’

6 hours

This module builds on the skills acquired in module 1 and expands them with a further focus on Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) and Sexual health issues in young people, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Cannabis
  • Methamphetamines
  • Motivational and other brief interventions
  • Impact of drug use on sexual health
  • Detox options and treatment
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections
  • Harm minimisation including for injecting drug use
  • Condoms and contraception

Module 2 will be available in February 2018.

Module 3: ‘Developmental Disorders and Intellectual Disability in Young People’

This module will use skills acquired in Modules 1 and 2 and expand them to explore care provision to young people with intellectual disability and autism spectrum and attentional deficit disorders.

This training will be available in July 2018