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Tackling Substance Misuse – Brief Interventions for Drug & Alcohol Users

Tackling Substance Misuse – Brief Interventions for Drug & Alcohol Users

National Open College Network (NOCN) Level 3 – 1, 2 or 3 Day Accredited Course

Current Course Dates

On demand – please contact us for details.

We can also deliver this training in-house, or as a bespoke course for organisations

About the Course

  • Combines participation in skills practice sessions with lecture material, and group discussion covering all main areas of brief intervention skills
  • A particular emphasis is given to working with service user motivation to make achievable changes
  • The focus is upon using students existing skills base to work with people experiencing drug & alcohol problems in order to identify issues and prioritise goals for change
  • The tutoring for this course is provided by highly qualified professionals working in the field of substance misuse with a thorough grounding in adult education teaching
  • All students will be provided with a comprehensive support structure, including personal tutors, as well as pastoral support if required within the centre

Course Content

The course includes 5 Learning Outcomes covering all main areas relevant to the study of brief intervention skills:

  • Supporting individuals who have used substances
  • Identify people appropriate for brief interventions
  • Understand how to offer harm reduction advice & guidance
  • Understand the principles of motivational engagement
  • Support individuals to reduce substance use


Assessment of the course is through an in-class case study, reflective log and a question & answer worksheet, there is also in-class role play to evidence practical learning. There is no exam for this course.

Who Can Apply

  • Anyone interested in using brief intervention skills to help people with drug and alcohol problems – either in a voluntary or employed situation
  • Anyone wanting to find out more about harm reduction and motivational engagement
  • No previous training or experience required
  • All applicants must be 18 years or above
  • This course incorporates academic and experiential assignment elements and people wishing to be accredited must be willing to complete 2 written assignments to Level 3 standard and participate in in-class role-play and discussion

Course Summary

  • This is a 3 day course 9:30-4:00 (although can be adapted to 1 or 2 days as a bespoke course for organisations).
  • The taught days will take place at Ocean Quay
  • Lunch & refreshments will be provided
  • This is a Level 3 course and provides candidates with 3 credits
  • No placement practice is required to complete this course
  • £120 course fees, £150 if accreditation is desired – no concessions are available for this course

Statements From Students

“I really enjoyed the course. The venue was accessible and comfortable and the food was good!”

“I enjoyed the in depth knowledge around assessing risk, the tools used and strategies that can be used when working with people with drug & alcohol difficulties.”

“It was informative and interesting, especially some of the subtle demonstrations.  What I am taking away with me is that so much work with a client can be covered and effective in such a short period of time.”

For further information including course curriculum, contact:

Ray van der Poel
Kelly Budd
Broadreach House, Unit 2. Ocean Quay,
Richmond Walk, Plymouth, PL1 4LL
Tel: 01752 566211

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