Youth drug treatment in Denmark: Everyday lives inside and outside of treatment

Date 12:00 PM 08 March 2016 - 13:00 PM 08 March 2016

Dr. Ditte Andersen and Dr. Signe Ravn (with and formerly with The Danish National Centre for Social Research, Copenhagen respectively)

Tuesday 8 March 12.00 noon1.00 pm, at the Brotherhood, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy in Father Tucker's Room.

This lunchtime seminar consists of two shorter presentations, both based on qualitative research on youth drug treatment in Denmark. While the first presentation focuses on what happens on the inside of drug treatment, i.e., in the everyday interactions between clients and professionals, the second investigates takes a broader perspective to the everyday lives of the young clients outside of the treatment setting. 

Presentation 1: Dr. Ditte Andersen: Inside treatment: Staging and storying change

This paper explores how the setting of an outpatient drug treatment institution works as a specific ‘narrative environment’ that encourages young people to tell particular kinds of stories about themselves and about how they want to change their lives. Furthermore, it explores how the professionals understand and explain why some young people are not saying the ‘right’ things when in treatment.

Presentation 2: Dr. Signe Ravn: Outside treatment: Everyday lives out of sync

This paper explores young cannabis users’ experiences of time from two different perspectives, one looking at how their everyday life is related to social time structures and another looking at their actual time management strategies. As will be clear, intense drug use is on the one hand a reason behind the interviewees’ underinvolvement in education or jobs. Yet, on the other hand drug use may also be an attempt at solving problems with time management. The paper identifies temporal synchronicity, or rather the lack of this, as a central challenge for the interviewees’ social identities and their general feelings of a meaningful everyday life.

Dr. Ditte Andersen is a sociologist, PhD and postdoctoral researcher at SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research examines the interplay between individual narratives and state-sponsored social welfare programs targeting young people with multidimensional problems related to drugs, crime, mental health and family history.

Dr. Signe Ravn is a sociologist, PhD and Lecturer in Sociology at SSPS, University of Melbourne. Before she took up this position in October 2015, she was Senior Researcher at SFI – The Danish National Centre for Social Research in Copenhagen, Denmark. Her work to date focuses on vulnerable youth, risky consumption practices and the intersection between processes of marginalisation and transitions to adulthood.

All are welcome to attend this seminar and there is no cost involved.

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