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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

June 2009

Ana Liffey Drugs Project:
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Peer Education Description
The aim of the course is to empower young people to deliver drug and alcohol prevention education to their peers.  This is done through delivery of the relevant information, and training in facilitation skills.  This is a group training; the ideal ages for participants are between 14 21 years old, boys and girls. The 20 hour course is aimed at youth who are not current drug abusers. They would need to commit to attending the full course, participate fully, and be willing prepare and deliver a group or individual presentation.
By the end of this course, each young person will be equipped with the basic information contained in the manual that will be provided, and will have practiced its delivery in a group setting.  The course is very interactive, using a wide variety of media, such as art, film, games and speakers. 
This 10 week practical skills course is designed for those who have an interest in delivering drug and alcohol awareness sessions to the community. It is ideally suited for those who already have some knowledge of drugs and alcohol, or who have some experience facilitating educational sessions, or group work.  The course is limited to 15 persons, and will be held at the HOPE office on 15 North Strand Road, and will comprise of 10 weekly 3 hour sessions.   We will cover:
Research and preparation of course material
  • Presentation skills
  • An overview of addiction
  • The process of addiction, theories of addiction, and prognosis for change
  • A detailed overview of the effects of drugs and alcohol
  • Treatment and rehabilitation models
  • Intervention skills
  • Games, role plays, activities, film, speakers, art work
  • Each participant on the course will present a 30 minute session.
In this course we look at parenting skills specifically for those in early recovery from addiction.  This course can be run over 4 to 8 sessions depending on clients needs. We will look at:
  • The Good Enough Parent
  • Explore what children need, what parents want.
  • Parents as models of behaviours
  • Emotions common to parents in early recovery.
  • Issues facing children in addiction and issues facing children in recovery
  • Eriksson developmental stages
  • Aspects of behaviour types
  • Assertive Parenting
  • Active listening
  • Appropriate information on drugs and appropriate interventions with young people
  • Prevention tools
  • Stress Management Tool

Annie Kelly Education Bursary:

The closing date for Annie Kelly Education Bursary applications is Friday 26th June, If you have any queries relating the the application form and revised guidelines 2009 please contact Patricia at 01-8366592 or by mail to


Progression Routes Initiative:

Community Detox for Benzodiazepines and Methadone:
If you know of a service user who would like to detox from benzos or methadone they may want information on this community detox option. 
Basically the detox protocols outline how an addiction worker and a doctor can co-operatively support an individual through a detox in the community.  The service user will receive care planning, case management, relapse prevention and aftercare supports as part of this.   If a service user (or a service) is interested in having a detox arranged with a Doctor and Case Manager, then they can call Caroline on 878 6899 who will broker the relevant roles and services.  A full copy of the protocols can be dowloaded from
If there are any teams that are interested in having an input on the protocols at their team meeting, contact