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Working Alongside Youth

Working Alongside Youth Struggling with Problematic Substance Misuse


Explore how to work with youth struggling with problematic substance use using an intersectional, anti-oppressive lens


  • Examining basic definitions in relation to working with youth in the ‘addictions’ field
  • Exploring the ethics in engaging in working with youth
  • Addressing power and professionalized knowledge in the counselling relationship
  • Identifying harm reduction practices
  • Reviewing how to work with youth in different stages
  • Understanding how to incorporate family work
  • Practicing how to work with youth individually and in group work


Day 1Introductions
Addressing power in the counselling relationship
Ageism and professionalized knowledge
Consent and Ethics
Day 2Discourse on brain research
Harm Reduction practices
Understanding the different stages of the work
Learning how to work at different stages
Practice strategies and skills with each other
Day 3Family work
Tools and tips in engaging in family work
Using an Intersectional approach to youth work
Practice with case studies
‘Co-morbidity’ and other struggles that show up with problematic substance use
Day 4Introduction to group work
Using an intersectional approach
Discourse on articles pertaining to specific youth groups 
Practice with each other

Bhupie Dulay is a settler who works on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Qayqayt, and kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations. Bhupie’s ancestors are from India and she is a cis-het, non-disabled, brown woman. 

Bhupie is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has been working alongside youth for over a decade. Young people’s lived experiences, strengths, and wisdom informs this workshop—in particular her work with Peak House, a live-in treatment program for youth struggling with substance misuse. 

Currently Bhupie works as a therapist and supervisor. Most of the folks she works alongside are navigating and resisting multiple systems of oppression such as racism, cis-heteronormativity, monogamism, ableism, classism, sizeism, ageism, etc. In her therapeutic and supervision practice she works from a social justice and collaborative framework.

Alongside her counselling practice, Bhupie provides workshops, trainings, and consultations to organisations, teams, and boards. She is also an instructor and adjunct faculty at Vancouver Community College, Adler University, and City University. 

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