This book responds to the urgent need for practical intervention approaches targeting young people at risk. It provides a much needed practical resource for practitioners and students from a variety of helping professions.

Focusing on interventions that practitioners can use in collaboration with the young person, the book offers hands-on strategies for enhancing resilience and addressing challenges and issues typically faced by young people. Topics covered include:

  • Depression, suicide, and self-harm
  • Substance Abuse
  • Problematic Sexual Behavior
  • Marginalized Youth
  • Mental Health Issue
  • Peer Mentoring and Building on Strengths
  • Cults and Gangs
  • Bullying
  • Firelighting

Throughout the book, multi-disciplinary and international authors share their expertise, highlighting relevant evidence-based interventions and considering themes such as anti-oppressive practice, culture, values and ethics.

This book is ideal for students and practitioners working with young people, especially in the fields of youth work, social work, psychology, counseling, and education.

Responding to the Use of Illicit Drugs

Responding to the Use of Illicit Drugs

Responding to the use of illicit drugs
Cindy M.Schaeffer, RocioChang and Scott W.Henggeler


This chapter provides an overview of factors that are important to consider when working with young people who use illicit substances. It also describes key features of interventions that have empirical support for their effectiveness.

Causes and Correlates of Illicit Drug Use

Illicit drug use by young people is multiply determined, with no single cause being either necessary (that is, present in every case) or sufficient (enough in and of itself) to result in use. Although the effects of some risk factors may be simple and direct (such as being offered a drug), most effects tend to be cumulative (that is, experiencing the risk factor for a longer period ...

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