About Me

I have:

  • specialised in work concerning young people’s drug use for almost 30 years.
  • worked directly with young people, professionals who work with them and with parents and carers as an educator, project leader, trainer and counsellor/support worker.
  • written books and reports and many widely used teaching and training packs, educational games and information pamphlets about drugs. Many of these have been published by DrugScope and HIT.
  • run training courses about young people’s drug use all over the UK.
  • lectured, trained professionals and/or carried out research in America, Australia, Canada, Cyprus, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain.
  • also done similar work regarding young people and sexual health, pornography and HIV/AIDS.

Employment (most recent first)

1992-present Julian Cohen Limited

– self-employed specialising in drug and sex education work with children, young people, parents/carers and professionals.

2007-2009 Derbyshire CC Social Services

– part time sexual health project working with young men in care.

1992-2003 Senior Consultant and Trainer

Healthwise Schools Support Unit.

Drugs and sex education training.

1986-1992 Co-ordinator

Young Person’s Drug and Sex Education Project, Tameside MBC, Greater Manchester.

1981-1986 Teacher of Science, Technology & Society,

Tameside LEA

1979-1980 Research Officer

Education Disadvantage Project, Manchester University.

1978-1979 Youth & Community Worker

Paddington ,London.


1971-74 B. Sc. (Hons) Liberal Studies in Science, Manchester University, II(i)
1974-75 M. Sc. Liberal Studies in Science, Manchester University
1975-1978 Research student, Industrial Sociology Unit, Imperial College, London
1980-81 P.G.C.E. (Secondary/Further Education), Manchester University
1986-87 Certificate in Counselling, Tameside College
1987-88 Diploma in Counselling, Tameside College
2004-5 Psychotherapy Training in Transactional Analysis, South Manchester Centre for Psychotherapy
2005-6 Person-Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling Training,
Temenos, Sheffield