Coward Punch - 1 On 1 - Substances And Me

Coward Punch - 1 On 1 - Substances And Me

Lesson 6 of 7 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 12
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Health
  • Social
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Health
  • ...

Lesson summary

This one-on-one session helps trusted adults start a conversation with a young person who may be struggling with substance use or abuse. Their use of substances may be causing the individual to display disengagement from school or community activities, aggressive or violent behaviours or be of sufficient concern that the young person reaches out for help, or a concerned adult wishes to raise the issue with them. The session will guide the facilitator through empathy-building, person-centred questioning and problem-solving techniques, referral avenues and building self-worth.

This session is not designed to replace professional help and is merely a starting point for attempting to initiate self-motivated help-seeking by the young person. This session should only be delivered with the young person’s consent and all efforts should be taken to respect their privacy and personal agency.

Learning intentions:

The young person will..

  • feel acknowledged and supported
  • raise their awareness of underlying personal issues or external circumstances that may be contributing to their substance use
  • consider the long-term and short-term consequences of their substance use
  • develop healthier habits and strategies for managing their feelings and behaviours
  • be aware of avenues for help-seeking and professional support.

Success Criteria:

The young person can…

  • reach out for help if and when they need it
  • better understand why they use substances
  • feel they are able to make alternative choices and have knowledge of what these alternatives are.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Years 9 & 10 Health and Physical Education:

  • Plan, rehearse and evaluate options (including CPR and first aid) for managing situations where their own or others’ health, safety and wellbeing may be at short or long term risk (ACPPS091)
  • Propose, practise and evaluate responses in situations where external influences may impact on their ability to make healthy and safe choices (ACPPS092)

Syllabus outcomes: PDHPE5.2, PDHPE5.3, PDHPE5.6, PDHPE5.7, PDHPE5.8, PDHPE5.11, PDHPE5.12, PDHPE5.15, PDHPE5.16

General capabilities: Personal and Social Capability

Relevant parts of Years 9 & 10 achievement standards: Students apply decision-making and problem-solving skills when taking action to enhance their own and others’ health, safety and wellbeing

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Skills

This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • Communication
  • Empathy
  • Problem solving

Additional info

Facilitator role: This session is designed to support trusted and caring adults in an existing relationship with the young person, such as parents/caregivers, teachers, coaches, church leaders, youth workers, school wellbeing staff, community elders or leaders.

This session is not designed to replace professional help and is merely a starting point for attempting to initiate self-motivated help-seeking by the young person. This session should only be delivered with the young person’s consent and all efforts should be taken to respect their privacy and personal agency.

These resources have been designed in partnership with Danny Green's STOP the Coward's Punch campaign.

Danny Green’s STOP the Coward Punch campaign was started in 2012 with the aim of raising awareness of the devastating effects of the coward punch on the community, including the physical and mental scars survivors, families and friends are left with for life.

STOP the Coward Punch believes in the right of all people to enjoy themselves, safely and free from violence. With support from entertainers, athletes, community leaders, politicians and everyday Australians, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the simple precautions we – as a community and as individuals – can take to ensure safe and enjoyable outings and, ultimately, reduce the number of coward punch occurrences in our communities.

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