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Linking Youth and Families Together (LYFT)



Linking Youth and Families Together (LYFT) was a program designed to address a key initiative of the Victorian Alcohol Action Plan 2008 - 2013. The program provided family therapeutic interventions for young people with problematic alcohol use in the Eastern, Southern and Gippsland regions of Victoria (Vic).

LYFT assisted young people aged 12 to 21 and their families, to address difficulties associated with alcohol use by providing a flexible approach tailored to the family's needs. The services included:

An evaluation of the program found that for the young people involved:

A key outcome of the project was the development of the Pillars of practice: linking youth and families together manual, which provides a practical guide for workers to effectively involve families in alcohol and other drugs treatment for young people.

The program was run by Anglicare Victoria.

Abstract adapted from Anglicare Victoria


Anglicare Victoria
162 Commercial Road
Morwell Vic 3840
Ph: 1800 809 722

Related publications

Sundbery J (2012)

Pillars of practice: linking youth and families together.

Melbourne: Anglicare Victoria

This manual was developed by Anglicare Victoria as part of the Linking youth and families together (LYFT) project, which aimed to engage young people with a drug and alcohol problem in therapeutic interventions, with a key focus on involving their families.

The manual provides a practical guide for alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers to effectively involve families in the treatment of a young person's substance use. Some key content of includes:

The interventions outlined are meant to be used flexibly in response to the needs of the family and adapted to reflect the style of individual workers. Aside from the chapter on assessment, the chapters have not been placed in a particular order, so the interventions can be used within a fluid, client-directed approach.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet abstract


Last updated: 13 March 2018
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