Module 6: how drugs work: facilitator's guide

Topic 1: Introduction

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1.1 Overview

In this module learners will be introduced to key issues in pharmacology. They will explore how the action of mind-altering drugs affects young people and how to apply this knowledge to achieve an effective working relationship with them.

1.2 Learning outcomes

When learners have completed this module they will be able to:
  • Classify common psycho-active drugs according to their effect on the central nervous system (CNS)
  • Outline the major short and long-term effects of psycho-active drugs
  • Discuss key issues in pharmacology such as tolerance, withdrawal, overdose, dependence and interaction
  • Describe the harmful effects on young people resulting from AOD use.
It is suggested that you remind learners of these learning outcomes as they work through the module and at different stages ask whether they think they have achieved each of the learning outcomes. This will help them keep track of their progress, and what they still need to learn to successfully complete the module.

1.3 Assessment events

(A good point for student to contact facilitator.)

Provide all learners with information on any assessment activities they might be required to undertake. Ensure that contact is made with distance learners as soon as possible.

Discuss these with learners and provide time for questions, feedback and examples.

Reflect on assessment events throughout training sessions to enhance learners' understanding of what is required. All assessments match Learning Outcomes competencies.

For suggested assessment events, see assessments.