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Substance misuse - understanding families affected by drugs and alcohol

Working effectively with individuals and families with multiple and complex needs requires staff to have an understanding of substance misuse and its effects.

This practical programme provides an overview of substance misuse and the behaviours associated with their use and those displayed by their carers. The course will provide staff with the skills to use processes involved with changing behaviour and to consider the effect on parenting and what constitutes ‘good enough’ in the context of substance misuse.

It is practical and “hands-on” and produces more confident and competent practitioners who are ready to deliver positive and effective support to individuals and families.

Learning Outcomes

  • Ability to identify behaviours associated with someone who is dependent on drugs or alcohol.
  • Ability to identify behaviours associated with someone who cares for a substance user.
  • Understand the processes involved with changing behaviour in relation to substance use, using the ‘Cycle of Change’.
  • Understand what constitutes ‘good enough’ parenting and consider this in the context of parental substance use.
  • Understand the basic treatment and support interventions substance users and their families may be receiving from other services.
  • Recognise the different levels of substance use and their potential impact on families.
  • Recall commonly used substances and their impacts on families.
  • All courses are offered on a Face to Face or Virtual basis.
  • Bespoke & Open Training Courses Available.

Case Studies

  • FACT 22 Crewe C Change

    C-Change is a structured, evidence based approach to assessing parental capacity to change in situations where the parenting is likely to be causing harm to their children. The FACT 22 team felt they would benefit from a structured approach to assessing a parent’s capacity to change that worked alongside their solution-focused, strengths-based approach.
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  • Trauma informed Practice Training and Support – Early Start

    We were commissioned to provide trauma informed training to staff in the family contact centre

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  • Level 4 – Working with Children, Individuals and Families– Halton

    Halton Borough Council is in the process of developing and implementing an integrated multi-agency approach to supporting children, young people, families and vulnerable adults across the continuum from Early Intervention to statutory safeguarding services.
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  • Shropshire - Staff support & supervision

    We provided a 2 day practical program for managers responsible for providing supervision for a staff team and those soon to be taking on a management role.
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Cancellation Policy

We are very flexible and will do our utmost to rearrange training should the need arise, but our trainers obviously commit themselves to the training days agreed and so if you need to cancel at short notice we will need to charge a cancellation fee to cover their time. 

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