Talking Drugs – Professional learning

The following professional learning modules (PLM) are an introduction to the topic of talking drugs and support those working with Kindergarten to Year 12 students.

Drug education helps children and young people understand that all drugs, legal and illegal, have the potential to cause harm, and that the drug experience is because of many factors including the person, the drug and the environment. It is also about students learning how to predict and solve problems, rehearsing refusal and coping strategies, making smarter choices based on credible information, and knowing when and how to seek help for themselves or others who may be at risk of harm. 

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Talking Drugs - Module 1

Module 1 introduces School Drug Education and Road Aware (SDERA).

SDERA helps children and young people make smarter choices by providing research based, best practice resources and professional learning opportunities to early childhood services, schools and agencies that are teaching road safety and drug education. a resilience approach to road safety and alcohol and other drugs education. 

Content includes:

  • video that introduces SDERA and what we do.

  • a podcast that explores SDERA's products and services

  • workbook for participants

  • a reflection and mind mapping activity

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Watch the short video about SDERA, what we do and the support we offer early childhood services, schools and agencies in Western Australia.

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Listen to the short 2-minute podcast by Anne Miller, Manager of SDERA. Anne talks about the role of SDERA and products and services we offer. 

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Download the PDF Participant Workbook. Use this resource to complete the learning modules.

Reflection icon Complete the reflection on page 5 of the Talking Drugs participant workbook: Thinking about how you and your school or agency can work with SDERA to promote and provide resilience and alcohol and other drugs education.

Talking Drugs - Module 2

Module 2 focuses on talking about drugs by defining terms, looking at the reasons why people use drugs, and exploring Australia’s harm minimisation policy.

Content includes:

  • an introductory reflection activity

  • a quick quiz to test your drug knowledge

  • a video that ‘talks drugs’

  • a final reflection

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Complete the reflection on page 6 of the Talking Drugs participant workbook. This reflection encourages you to think about the characteristics educators, trainers and facilitators need when teaching and facilitating resilience and alcohol and other drugs education in a school or other setting. It also asks you to consider your current knowledge and skills.

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How much do you think you know about drugs and drug use? Take the quick quiz on pages 7-8 of the participant workbook.

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Watch the video Part 1 Talking Drugs (4.25mins). While you are watching the video consider which information is new to you.

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Children become aware of drugs from an early age. Prevention education is best introduced when the prevalence of use of the particular drug is still low and before most children and young people are exposed to the possibility of use. 

Choosing age appropriate alcohol and other drugs information and activities is important to ensure learning experiences are relevant and targeted. 

This activity encourages you to explore specific activities within SDERA’s Challenges and Choices resources and think about how you could use these activities within your classroom. Choose a year (or a few years to focus on) and explore the activity (activities) included in the chart below.

Whilst you are looking at the activities consider:

1. How you could use this learning activity to address the learning intentions.

2. If the activity has to be modified to meet student needs and your school and community context. If so, consider how you will do this.

3. How this activity could be built into an existing resilience and alcohol and other drugs education program or alternatively be included in planning for another learning area eg: English, The Arts etc.

4. Jot down your thoughts to the above questions in the chart on page 9 in the participant workbook.


The following activities are taken from the Challenges and Choices resources for the primary years (K-6).

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K-PP Focus Area 2 – Drug education 

Activity 4 – Medicines come in many different forms.

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Year 1 Focus Area 2 – Drug education

Activity 4 – Analgesics and non-medical alternatives.

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Year 2 Focus Area 2 – Drug education

Activity 6 – Over-the-counter and prescription medicines.

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Year 3 Focus Area 2 – Drug education

Activity 2 – Safe use of analgesics, prescription and OTC medicines.

Activity 4 – Considering caffeine.

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Year 4 Focus Area 2 – Drug education|

Activity 1 – What is a drug and why do people use them?

Activity 2 – Tobacco – the facts.

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Year 5 Focus Area 2 – Drug education

Activity 1 – Student drug use – let’s get the facts.

Activity 6 – Finding out about alcohol.

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Year 6 Focus Area 2 – Drug education

Activity 1 – Let’s talk about drugs.

 

The following activities are taken from the Challenges and Choices resources for Years 7-9.

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Year 7 – Drug education - Module 2 Topic 1

Activity 1 – Getting started.

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Year 8 – Drug education -  Module 2 Topic 1

Activity 2 – Drugs – what are they?

Activity 3 -  Prevalence and norms.

Activity 4  - Other illicit drugs.

Activity 5  - Why young people choose to use drugs.

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Year 9 – Drug education -  Module 2 Topic 1

Activity 2 – Drugs – what are they?

Activity 3 – Illicit drugs.

Activity 4 – Reasons why young people use drugs.

Talking Drugs - Module 3

Module 3 will explore ice, a form of the drug methamphetamine.

Content includes:

  • a video (2.38 mins) that introduces methamphetamine

  • two fact sheets and a student FAQ about methamphetamine

  • a reflection activity

  • a survey

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Watch the video Part 2 Talking Drugs (4.25mins).

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Download and read the following resources from the SDERA website:

1. Fact Sheet - Putting methamphetamine into perspective
2. Fact Sheet - About ice
3. Frequently asked questions for students

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Complete the reflection on page 10 of the Talking Drugs participant workbook. Consider the following:

1. Why the information included in the fact sheets and student FAQs is important in informing you, your school community or agency?

2. How the video you watched and the information you have read adds to your knowledge and understanding of the drug methamphetamine and its use?

3. How can this information be included in your school or community alcohol and other drugs education program (if age and context appropriate)?


Note: The early adolescence years are a crucial phase where schools need to implement both resilience and drug education programs as this is when young people are more likely faced with influences to use both licit and illicit drugs. Engaging students in alcohol and other drugs education programs assists them to make healthier and safer choices, identify high risk situations, and develop a range of strategies to prepare them for challenging situations. A consistent message given to young people is that there is NO safe level of drug use and that any drug has the potential to cause harm.

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Once you have completed the three modules click here to print the certificate. 

Should you have any queries, or require further information, please contact SDERA on (08) 9402 6415 or email sdera.co@education.wa.edu.au.


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