Below is the Introduction to Learning Theme Two, as found in the Curriculum Supplement. Read through the overview for Learning Theme Two.

This session has the potential to bring family substance-use issues to the surface for some students. Plan for this possibility by reviewing the discussion Advice on early identification and referral processes in this supplement and discussing it with the school guidance counsellor.

Learning Theme Two concentrates on an examination of parents and family as a source of influence. The session begins with a discussion of family rules or norms. It moves on to focus on the impact that one member’s substance use has on the family. This includes ways a teenager’s alcohol and other drug-related decisions and actions affect their family, and conversely, how the behaviour of other family members affects the student and the family. Students will be asked to brainstorm ideas about how an individual family member’s substance use affects others in the family. They will also be presented with case study scenarios and asked to analyse the situation through small-group work.

Becoming Familiar with the Activities

Using either your hard copy of the supplement or by clicking on the
Learning Theme Two link, read through the time frame and the activities for this learning theme.

Checking My Understandings

This section is designed to ensure your familiarity with Learning Theme Two. Check your responses to these questions before proceeding to the third Learning Theme.

  1. What strategies exist for avoiding potentially dangerous situations?
  2. What might be some warning signs that someone may be experiencing a substance use problem?

All done? Please go to Learning Theme Three.