Reviewing the ABCs of Youth Substance Use Curriculum

The newly established ABCs of Youth Substance Use resources are designed to support educators and school staff to bring evidence-based approaches into the classroom, with an emphasis on enhancing the protective factors of autonomy, belonging and competencies. These specific protective factors increase resilience, and prevent, delay and reduce substance-related harms. In this workshop we will provide an overview of the principles and practices, peak into the different resources, and we will introduce some practical examples of ways to engage students.

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6-8/Middle school


9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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  • Island Health - Population & Public Health
    Griffin Russell

    Griffin is a School Health Promotion Specialist with Island Health, supporting schools in Nanaimo & Ladysmith. The heart of Griffin’s practice is people, working with any and all partners towards equitable opportunities for health and well-being, with a grounding in aspects of cultural humility, health promotion and trauma informed practice. Griffin is a father of three, loves live music, playing guitar and exploring nature, whether on a >paddleboard, electric bike or walking the trails. He is grateful to live, love, play and work on the traditional and unceded territory of the Stz’uminus First Nation people.

  • Janet Krenz

    Janet is a Public Health Dietitian and Healthy School Lead with Island Health in the Cowichan Valley. She is passionate about working alongside comminutes and schools to promote well-being and address barriers to
    health for all. In her time away from work, she enjoys gardening and hiking. Janet is grateful to live and work on the unceded and traditional territory of the Quw’utsun First Nation.