SS1839: Substance Misuse Prevention with Young People and Families

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 17, Max 35.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semester 2.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 1 x 6hr(s) Workshops; 2 x 1hr(s) Tutorials; 4hr(s) Other (on-line discussion on Blackboard); Other (set reading material for discussion at tutorials; set course work)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Ciara Staunton, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: This module will introduce students to the theory, concepts and practices underpinning evidence-based substance misuse prevention practice with young people and families.
Module Content: Students will be introduced to the evidence based policy measures contained in the Public Health Alcohol Bill 2017 around structural separation in retail outlets, reducing availability, advertising and minimum unit pricing. The module will introduce students to the continuum of care that includes universal (everyone in population), selected members (members of at-risk groups), and indicated (at-risk individuals) target populations for substance misuse prevention programmes. Students will learn how to identify risk and protective factors and help young people and families reduce risk and increase protective factors. Students will receive guidance on how to prepare, deliver and evaluate evidence-based substance misuse prevention programmes to young people and families with particular consideration given to child protection and welfare issues, family law and legal issues.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Identify the risk and protective factors for young people and families associated with problem substance misuse;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Children's First Guidelines, ethical and legal considerations when working with young people and families;
  • Engage critically with the theory and evidence base for substance misuse prevention policy and programmes for young people and families;
  • Understand the resource requirements to deliver evidence-based programmes;
  • Be familiar with a variety of parent, child and family prevention programme details;
  • Know how to plan for, prepare, deliver and conduct an outcome evaluation of an evidence-based intervention to parents, children and families under supervision.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 3,000 word assignment).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the module coordinator).

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