Webinar Recap: November 8 | Youth and Substance Use: Engaging and Supporting Through Reflective Practice

Wednesday, Nov 8, 2017 | 10:00am- 11:30am EST

How can we apply reflective practice to our work with youth who are challenged by substance use? How can a person-centred, strengths-based, and harm reduction approach support purposeful interventions that lead to healing and recovery? 

Presented by the ReDesign Group, this reflective practice webinar provided a framework for participants to generate and foster advancements in emerging best practices. The value of research into risk and protective factors for youth substance use and the need for improved evaluation practices for substance use programs was highlighted. Areas of focus included: 

  • Assessing our strengths and capacities.
  • Acknowledging our challenges and weaknesses.
  • Taking corrective action to increase our knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Using reflection to critically examine why things are the way they are, and accept that they may not promise change.


Alicia Xavier, MPEd

Amanda Neale-Robinson
Story Teller

Gary A Newman

Zohra Rahman, MSW, RSW
Health and well-being Coach

 The ReDesign Group is made up of four individuals who collectively represent 65-years of frontline experience in the non-profit sector, working with vulnerable youth and communities, and driving system changes at all levels of government. The ReDesign Group employs an asset-based approach to community development and problem solving. Engaging stakeholders in the transformation process, the ReDesign Group uses a human-centred design methodology that leverages exercises and activities to create high-performing teams as a means to create a community-driven and participatory approach to development.