Looking for young advisors

Opportunity for young people with experience of using drug and alcohol services

The ‘Youth Social Behaviour and Network Therapy Study’ (YSBNT) is a project in which researchers are looking at how to adapt an intervention (way of helping people) developed for adults using drug and alcohol services, so that it can be used with young people. We’re looking for young people who have experience of using drug and alcohol services between the ages of 12 and 18 to work with us on the project.

Young people – click here for more information and complete the contact form below if you’d like to get in touch.

Information for services:

We are looking for more young people to get involved in a project adapting a network therapy intervention for use with young people and their families (for more information click here).  This is a fantastic opportunity for young people who have used services to develop new knowledge and skills and add something to their CV. It’s also a great chance for them to improve the support available to their peers and ensure that the new intervention reflects their experience and is accessible and relevant to other young people.   More information and contact details below and attached is an information sheet for young people:

Further information

The ‘Youth Social Behaviour and Network Therapy Study’ is a project funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) programme. In the first part of this three-year project the research team are looking at how to adapt an intervention (Social Behaviour and Network Therapy), originally developed for adults using alcohol services, so that it can be used with young people (up to 18) and their families. In the second part of the study we’ll test out this intervention by piloting in two services and seeing how well it works.

We are involving young people in the project by recruiting a group of young advisors for a London-based group which will meet every 1-2 months (next meeting is on 3/12), as well as one-off and online consultations with young people who are not able to come to meetings in London or commit to on-going involvement in the project. We’re looking for young people aged 15-early 20s who have been in treatment between the ages of 12 and 18, but ideally are no longer using services. The young advisors will have a really important role in developing and piloting this intervention, and making sure it’s relevant and accessible to other young people, and they’ll also gain some great skills and experience to put on their CVs. Louca-Mai Brady and Lorna Templeton, the members of the research team supporting young people’s involvement, both have extensive experience of working with children and young people and enhanced CRB clearance – Louca-Mai formerly led the National Children’s Bureau’s work on the involvement of children and young people in research, including training and supporting young researchers and advisors in a wide range of projects.

The project might be of particular interest to young volunteers, peer mentors, apprentices or those involved with service user groups, but all young people with an interest are welcome to apply. All travel expenses will be paid and  Love to Shop vouchers given to young people who attend consultations or meetings as a thank you for their time.

For further information please complete the contact form below:

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