MaCYSS Network Training Directory
View details below on the wide-range of courses and training available.
MaCYSS, an initiative of Alcohol Forum Ireland, is a youth (12-18yrs) and family alcohol and other drug (AOD) service funded by the HSE and North-Eastern Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force.
Established in 2020, MaCYSS is still at an early stage of development and given that it is the first youth and family AOD service in the region; the need to build skills, capacity and training in the area of AOD has been identified as a priority. Everyone; from parents, teachers, youth workers, statutory services to young people themselves has a role to play in reducing the levels of alcohol and drug harm in the region. This training directory outlines the training opportunities for people and organisations to increase their skills and understanding of these issues, and of issues that are closely related including mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Many working in services and support organisations may already have extensive knowledge and experience in the area of AOD. This training directory aims to be a user friendly and accessible resource both for those who are completely new to this area of study and for those who may already have knowledge, skills or indeed a qualification relating to AOD.
Our MaCYSS network will provide online and in person training, networking and information sharing opportunities for member organisations and services to work together. Through strengthening the network and building our membership, organisations will be supported to participate as part of an overall referral, training, and best practice network to reduce and prevent youth AOD use within Monaghan and Cavan.
From our recent rapid assessment report, one of the recommendations identified as a need from the survey’s and together with reflections and input from the Youth Alcohol & Substance Interagency Group (YASIG) and Rapid Community Assessment Group (RCAG) members was development of a training framework to support network member organisations, inclusive of foundational training in AOD for Tier 1 & 2 services.
MaCYSS will implement a community action approach to this training that will further enhance local collaborative partnerships not only as a means of reducing youth AOD misuse but also as a potential way to enable local organisations be part of a collective approach to working together for youth and families impacted by AOD.