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Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. [CCSA] (2015) Competencies for the youth substance use prevention workforce: youth substance use competencies report. Ottawa: Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse. 34 p.

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This report is the first resource of its kind to provide a set of measurable skills, knowledge, attitudes and values that support and enhance the delivery of effective youth health promotion and drug use prevention in Canada. The Prevention Workforce Competencies Report also identifies principles that should drive effective youth substance use prevention activities and initiatives.

Those working in youth health promotion and substance abuse prevention face knowledge gaps, inconsistencies in recommended evidence and practice, a lack of understanding of and support for successful youth engagement, and a lack of common terminology and language. These challenges affect their ability to work effectively with youth and with the community, and what works with adults does not necessarily work with youth. Research indicates that working with youth requires a specialized focus on issues, needs, considerations and approaches. These points were carefully considered during research and validation for the report.

The most effective youth substance use prevention activities and initiatives feature a holistic, integrated, respectful, flexible and strength-based approach informed by evidence about what works. Such initiatives are youth-driven and foster the development and maintenance of positive, collaborative relationships among youth and the community of those who care for and about them.

The Prevention Workforce Competencies Report sets out 11 competencies that reflect the principles for working effectively with youth and provides a description of each competency. The four levels of proficiency — introductory, developing, intermediate and advanced — provided for each competency support health promotion, youth outreach and other workers, including health professionals, throughout the progression of their careers.


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, Education and training
Source:CCSA
Date:August 2015
Pages:34 p.
Publisher:Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Corporate Creators:Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse
Place of Publication:Ottawa
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Subjects:MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Organisational development > Workforce / staff skills and training
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Substance or health care worker
T Demographic characteristics > Prevention worker
VA Geographic area > Canada

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