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Effective peer programming on substance use for the transition years, HC Link

Online
March 7 2016

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EST

Providing transition-aged students with meaningful education on substance misuse continues to be a challenge.  Currently, fewer students are smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol and using marijuana at an early age. Nonetheless, the transition from elementary to high school is still a time where these substances are introduced to students and students continue to perceive that alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana are fairly easy to obtain [OSDUHS, 2015].  Providing transition-aged students with meaningful education on substance misuse continues to be a challenge.

This webinar, co-hosted by HC Link and Parent Action on Drugs, will provide information on an effective school-based program that provides realistic, relevant and reliable information to students – provided by other students. Using the experience of peer education programming from Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) we will hear from educational instructors, a guidance teacher, a public health nurse, a mental health counselor and a student peer educator on their involvement in this program. The presentation will focus on how and why a program that engages students where they are at – rather than where we would like them to be – is effective and engaging for both the peer educator and their transition-aged audience.

For more information or to register, please visit http://hclinkontario.ca/events/calendar/icalrepeat.detail/2016/03/07/124....