Health Promotion

In addition to offering training on specific substances, we can also equip your workforce with the attitudes and beliefs needed to inspire sustained change in your service users. Our training will empower your staff to actively support the goals of those affected by drugs and alcohol problems.

We believe in Peer Mentoring as a powerful way of working creatively with individuals, communities and policy makers to reduce the harm caused by problem alcohol and drug use. We enjoy supporting organisations to harness this resource for their own service users.

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Psychosocial Intervention Courses

There is now greater recognition that recovery management is a key approach to working with people with substance use issues. Integrating recovery into treatment services is becoming the central focus in the commissioning of drug and alcohol treatment services. This course is useful for drug and alcohol workers and managers.

Contemporary drug treatment is now characterised by a focus on abstinence in recovery and using the Integrated Recovery effectively. This course will give an enhanced understanding of how to strengthen an individual’s motivation for and movement towards specific recovery goals by eliciting and exploring their own reasons for change.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) is an evidence-based approach with over 200 controlled trials to support its effectiveness. It aims to guide clients in the process of changing many types of unhealthy behaviour and lifestyle choices.

This two-day course will explore the concept, principles and benefits of ITEP. It will assess how the techniques can be applied to improve interventions with clients experiencing drug and alcohol problems.

The Solutions Focussed approach works by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) gets its name from one of its core messages ‘Accept what is out of your personal control, and commit to action that improves and enriches your life’. The aim of ACT is to maximise human potential for a rich, full and meaningful life.

Professional Development Courses

This course is not only for people who are interested in training, but for all workers keen to improve their presentation skills. This can be useful in drugs education settings, group work settings, as well as conference and training settings.

This course is not only for people who are interested in training, but for all workers keen to improve their presentation skills. This can be useful in drugs education settings, group work settings, as well as conference and training settings.

Within social care work we need to be able to deal effectively and professionally with people who are difficult, aggressive and potentially violent. This course covers the basic considerations and skills required to handle such situations confidently and safely.

The course has a unique approach through having workers focus on identifying the symptoms of poor mental health when making a referral. The course does not cover different diagnostic labels.

This course challenges the view that duel diagnosis is generally regarded as a difficult presentation to treat. We aim to give a foundation of knowledge on how to support clients that frequently may be resistant to the idea of illness, disillusioned with conventional medication and resigned to “Self-medicating”.

This course seeks to explore the dynamics that can exist between workers and clients. We focus specifically on how workers can ensure that the initial assessment session is as productive and engaging as possible whilst still completing all required paperwork as painlessly as possible.

This course will enable those working with vulnerable clients to be confident and competent with their duty of care. It is suitable for anybody that is responsible for the needs of service users, whether that is through frontline delivery, services or management of a project or service.

Risk assessment and support planning are increasingly important aspects of the work undertaken with our client group. This one-day course will introduce the key elements involved in undertaking responsive needs assessment and support planning with the principle aim of improving client outcomes.

This course supports workers to understand the function of triage and assessment processes and how they link with a clear model of effective care planning. Matching client needs to integrated treatment pathways; participants practise skills for engaging clients and deepening the assessment process and explore approaches to developing care plans based on the natural motivation of the client.

This course will increase delegate’s skills and confidence in engaging with parents whose substance use puts their families at risk. We will look at ways to motivate change in the context of risk assessment, safeguarding and how agencies can work better together to provide appropriate care and support for all the family.

This training is designed to give participants a greater understanding of the effects of substance use on pregnancy and parenting. We will be looking at different substances and their effects on both the mother and unborn child.

This training is designed to give participants a greater understanding of the effects of substance use on pregnancy and parenting. We will be looking at different substances and their effects on both the mother and unborn child.

Substance Use Courses

This course will examine the trends in drug and alcohol use and the up to date laws surrounding it.  We also outline the affects and risks, the referral processes and the support services available.

This course will aim to increase the delegate’s knowledge and understanding of drug culture and the role of drugs within society. We also explore the range of drugs and substances that can be misused and cover their effects and the risks associated with misusing them.

To gain an understanding of the effects, risks and trends in drug and alcohol use, drugs and the law, working effectively with drug and alcohol users and the referral processes and support services.

This course is ideal for experienced workers who are confident with the key drugs and want to enhance their knowledge and skills further.

The course makes the subject of neuropharmacology accessible for workers and enables them to understand the key terms involved.

This course is particularly suitable for staff who have a good understanding of the effects of alcohol and who wish to reduce the rate of hazardous drinking in their clients. This course will develop skills in the best way of raising the issue and how to give accurate, motivating advice on the safer use of alcohol.

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the UK and brings with it an unparalleled level of related harm. This course provides drugs workers and other professionals with an overview of alcohol use, misuse, harm, dependency and treatment and allows workers to engage with alcohol use effectively and confidently.

Over the past couple of years the range of new compounds being used in the UK has expanded significantly. The Internet has fuelled the emergence of a range of new compounds, some of which were rapidly added to the list of controlled drugs, and others which remain illegal.

Synthetic cannabinoids play an important part in the ‘legal high’ market. In Europe, it is the largest chemical group monitored by the European Union’s early warning system, with 30 new products reported in 2012 and 29 in 2013. Although they first appeared in Europe, they are now part of the drugs market in almost all developed countries throughout the world.

Although cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the UK, many workers are under-confident when discussing it. This course rectifies this situation, providing the first detailed training on all aspects of cannabis use. This includes young recreational users through to more entrenched users.

This course will aim to increase participant’s knowledge of stimulants including their physical, psychological and social effects. We will also seek to dispel the myths around engaging with stimulant users.

This course will aim to increase participant’s knowledge of depressants including their physical, psychological and social effects. This course is particularly suitable for staff offering key information to clients on heroin and other opiates.

The use of benzodiazepines, especially the non-prescribed use of diazepam, is a growing concern. Users from a wide range of backgrounds are presenting to drugs services with substantial benzo habits, to which workers often feel ill equipped to respond.

This course allows workers to see beyond needle exchange and look at the wide range of other harm reduction interventions that they could explore.

All employers should have a drugs policy in place, but unfortunately many have not developed one.

This leaves businesses at risk and without a clear strategy.

Development of Peer Mentoring & Support Services

The training is designed to build on the existing skills and experience of participants, exploring how this can be used to help others through Peer Support. We believe that Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, and emotional, social or practical help to each other.

Interpersonal Skills Courses

This one-day Coaching and Mentoring Course is for people wishing to develop their coaching or mentoring skills at any level of business.

This course aims to give participants a clear insight and understanding into the dynamics that happen between people when they work one-to-one.

This one-day communication skills course provides a powerful insight into the way communication works. It is a practical day, filled with exercises, games and discussion.

You will learn and practice ways to handle difficult or tricky situations. In addition, you’ll go away with real skills you can use immediately.

This assertiveness training course is highly interactive, practical and yet supportive. It uses many different forms of learning to develop assertiveness skills and lift self-confidence to enable you to work more effectively.

This one-day presentation course looks at all the factors that affect how confidently a presentation is delivered. It offers simple, easy to practise tools to help you cope with nerves, get your message across memorably, structure your material for the best impact and present to audiences of any size.

The training is designed to build on the existing skills and experience of participants, exploring how this can be used to help others through Peer Support. We believe that Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, and emotional, social or practical help to each other.

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