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Face-to-Face Training

YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING, ALCOHOL & OTHER DRUGS: Myths, the truths and what young people want to talk about. (Melbourne)

Kim Huckerby, BSocWk; GradDipCouns
One full day
Media Type:
Face-to-Face Training
Not Applicable
Melbourne, VIC

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This workshop will provide participants with a brief overview of adolescent development, as well as an understanding and appreciation of the impact of mental health and wellbeing problems on young people today. This informative and interactive first half of the day, will cover mental health problems/illnesses, signs and symptoms to look out for, how to identify the difference between ‘normal’ thoughts, feelings, behaviours as part of an adolescent’s social/emotional development vs. when to be concerned that something more serious is going on for that young person.

Furthermore, this course will cover communication skills when working with young people and will do this by providing case studies and an experiential learning environment to further participant learning.

This second part of the workshop will provide the opportunity to engage and be a part of an informative and experiential/ interactive session on young people and AOD. The training will include discussions, information and activities that focus on adolescence, AOD, risk-taking behaviour and crisis situations. The session will also focus on how we can best support young people, focusing particularly on ways in which we can best communicate with them through these years of experimentation and risk taking.

Furthermore, there will be a focus on the vulnerability of our youth in relation to AOD due to advertising and cultural norms. It is important that we as professionals understand and appreciate the landscape in which young people are growing up. We will also look at ways that young people can support their friends in high risk situations and how we as adults, can have conversations with young people about AOD and their lifestyle choices.


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The Wellbeing Affect

Kim Huckerby has spent the last 15 years working extensively with young people, parents, secondary schools, the corporate sector and the wider community. Her professional focus has been on adolescent development, engaging in diverse roles to pursue her passion in education and training about youth issues. Kim has navigated the adolescent space for many years and has found that  through  working  in  different  areas  such  as  psycho-education,  outreach,  mentoring  and

teaching/training, she has equipped herself with the necessary tools, skill base and knowledge to impart some of learnings with the wider community. Over the last few years, Kim has moved into strategic planning and management at Raise Foundation, as well as a newly appointment role in the Learning and Development space. She also runs her own business delivering Youth Mental Health First Aid courses.  

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $249
         $29 to purchase and keep the recording of this event. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased on the ground floor or from the many surrounding cafes.
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP. 
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Live Interactive Webcast registration
Fees: $199 
Primary viewer (includes three month's access recording of the event.
           $99 Additional viewer (must watch on same device as primary viewer)
           $29 Purchase lifetime access to the recording (available to primary viewer only)

  • Your attendance certificate for 7 hours of live, interactive training can be retrieved on completion of the evaluation and quiz via your account. 
  • A soft copy of all resources will remain in your account indefinitely.
  • A recording of this event will be available in your account approximately three weeks after the live event and will remain available for a full three months.  You will receive an email notification when the recording becomes available for viewing. 
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to join the live webcast on the day, you will be able to watch the recording, complete your evaluation and quiz and retrieve  your certificate at a later date before the end of the three month viewing period.

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Adolescent development
  2. Mental health problems - identifying signs/symptoms
  3. Key communication skills to positively work with young people we are concerned about
  4. Current AOD trends amongst young people
  5. Risk-taking behaviour and crisis situations young people find themselves in
  6. Conversations and communication skills that support young people as they navigate AOD.

"Young people are navigating the world of AOD and they need us to be informed, so that we can support them with confidence. The only way we can do this is by upskilling ourselves and gaining a deep understanding of the issues impacting them."   Kim Huckerby

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Being able to explore youth mental health in an experiential setting
  • Gaining a greater understanding of the impact of mental health on young people
  • Gaining communication skills that are helpful in working effectively with young people
  • Being able to explore the most up-to-date information regarding youth and AOD
  • Understanding the ways in which advertising and culture influences young people and their AOD use
  • Understanding high risk situations and how young people can look after themselves and each other

Target Audience

People working with young people who want to better understand youth mental health and to update their knowledge about AOD and young people.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

This Accor hotel has a fully implemented plan attending to the health and safety of all venue attendees.
You will be required to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, the venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the street level. 

Conveniently located right by several bus routes and a 7-minute walk to Parliament Station.

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and water are provided.
If you have pre-purchased lunch, hotel staff will have you selection ready for you.
The venue has a restaurant and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants should you choose to eat out.
Please note that lunch bought from outside providers cannot be eaten in the hotel.


The seminar venue is the Mantra on Russell Hotel which offers a discount on accommodation for the PDP community. Please quote the code RUSSELL2021

Quest on Lonsdale is a 6 minute walk from the venue.
Hotel Grand Chancellor is a 2 minute walk from the venue.



Morning Session (includes a short morning tea break)

  • Phases of adolescent development
  • Mental Health & wellbeing issues experienced by young people today.
  • Youth mental illness, associated signs, symptoms
  • What’s normal and what is more concerning (requiring interventions)
  • Effective communication specific to the age group

Afternoon Session (includes a short afternoon tea break)

  • Issues around AOD
  • risk-taking behaviour and crisis situations
  • support strategies for young people
  • supportive communication skills around AOD, risk taking and associated lifestyle and life-stage issues
  • Cultural norms, vulnerability to advertising and social media



222 Russell Street, 222 Russell Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000, Australia
03 9915 2500

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