Seminars helping young people through risk situations
LOCAL Year 11 students are set to attend a seminar aimed at reducing what young people's minds are hard wired to do - take risks.
A RRISK (Reduce Risk, Increase Student Knowledge) course is being held at Coffs Harbour's Southern Cross University D Block Theatre on November 14 and 15.
The seminar provides the latest strategies to help young people manage alcohol, drugs and driving risks.
Students will learn practical skills such as how to stay safe when out partying, how to look after drunk friends and how to manage distractions as drivers and passengers.
RRISK is a resilience building program with proven research outcomes in reducing young driver crashes.
"They (young people) take more risks because they evaluate risks and rewards differently from adults," said Paul Dillon, from Drug and Alcohol Research and Training, Australia who is the keynote speaker at the RRISK seminars.
"They are driven by emotion rather than logic.
"Taking risks can often enhance their status within their social group or bring them instant gratification.
"The challenge is to help them manage risks as they steer their way towards adulthood."