July 7, 2015 – Unplugged: Life-skills for thriving youth


Mentor are determined to bring evidence-based practice to mainstream education. We will do this through the delivery of free regional seminars exploring best practice in prevention and showcasing CAYT quality-assessed programmes for young people.

On Tuesday 7th July we held the first seminar of the series, which looked at Unplugged.

Unplugged Programme Developer, Peer van der Kreeft from University College Ghent, gave us the opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at a programme that has been proven to work.

The Unplugged programme has been trialled in seven European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Italy, Spain and Sweden. The translated materials are freely available.

P1010748copyUnplugged is designed to equip young people with specific skills and resources that they need to resist social influences and to support knowledge about drugs and their adverse health consequences. It focuses on core ‘life skills’: critical thinking, decision-making, creative thinking, effective communication, relationship skills, self-awareness, empathy, and coping with emotions. In addition, the programme aims to correct mistaken ideas about how prevalent and acceptable drug use is in general among young people.

On the day, Peer not only gave insightful presentations (available below) exploring both practical and theoretical aspects of the programme, but also gave real time demonstrations of exercises used in the programme.

If you would like to find out more about Unplugged, or you are interested in running a pilot in your area, please contact us on adepis@mentoruk.org

To access a formal assessment of the programme evaluation, please access the CAYT repository here.

Sign up to our newsletter to keep updated with forthcoming seminars. The next seminar will be held on Wednesday 7th October and will look at Effekt, a parenting programme developed by Orebro University, Sweden.