Course Content:

• Increased knowledge of substances including new and emerging drugs (NEDs) / legal highs and steroid and image-enhancing drugs
• Concepts/context of use and misuse
• The processes leading to problem substance-related behaviour and strategies of behaviour modification
• An exploration of treatment approaches currently available
• Examination of the role of the worker
• Examination of worker/client relationship
• Exploration of related professional issues, client confidentiality, safe working practices, risk analysis and ethical matters

• Learners will be asked to complete a Client Risk Assessment based on a standardised case study before attending the course. They will be to be asked to complete a similar Risk Assessment at the conclusion of the course to assess and validate learning.
• Learners will be asked to provide support addressing harm reduction as well as long-term behavioural goals as part of a structured role-play assessing practical skills.

Other courses helpful for development:

Working with Complex Mental Health Needs
Motivational Interviewing

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Who Should Apply?

Open to social services employees, corps officers and workers whose role involves supporting those with substance misuse

Venue & Dates

William Booth College
9-12 June 2020

Learning Outcomes:

  • To learn how to respond confidently to signs and symptoms of problematic substance and/or alcohol use by the clients they support
  • To understand the social, psychological and physiological mechanisms, factors and causes of dependency
  • To learn harm reduction strategies and their impact upon individuals, families and communities
  • To gain and demonstrate a basic understanding of current therapeutic approaches to problematic substance use including MI, CTB and the Community Reinforcement Approach
  • To identify strategies for supporting clients within their own practice (Lifehouse, corps or community centre)
  • To have confidence in the use of the ‘Stages of Change’ model as a means to introduce evidence-based tools to the client to best support them through each stage and to best support their long-term recovery


Lee Ball, Territorial Addictions Services Officer


Tim Anderson

Learning Hours:

22.5 hours

Places Available:

June 2020:2