NEW: Working with People who problematically use Alcohol and other Drugs

Alcohol and other drug use has been a feature for humans for millennia. For many the relationship they will have with these drugs can be by-and-large a positive one. For some however, the relationship can become part of a destructive lifestyle and begin to affect many facets of their lives. Over the years alcohol and drug problems have been seen as an area that only professionals with specialist qualifications can help foster meaningful change. This one-day course hopes to debunk this myth and encourage participants to view alcohol and other drug use as a human behaviour which for some people becomes problematic and one where non-specialists can assist in encouraging positive change.

Suitable for: While primarily aimed at allied healthcare professionals this course would be of benefit to anyone working or volunteering in a health or helping role who may come into contact with people who use alcohol and other drugs problematically.

This new course is approved by The Addiction Counsellors of Ireland for CPD points.

Programme Duration

One day.

Programme Aims

The programme aims are as follows;

  • To encourage participants to view alcohol and other drug use as a human behaviour which for some becomes problematic.
  • To highlight how our use of words can be very important in our efforts to engage with people who problematically use alcohol and other drugs.
  • To help participants understand the process of change and how this applies to people who problematically use alcohol and other drugs.
  • To equip participants with the necessary skills in order to have a brief structured conversation about problematic alcohol or drug use which is more likely to facilitate change.

Programme Content

The programme content will reflect the aims and will therefore include;

  • A brief historical view of human use of psychotropic substances.
  • A brief overview of how alcohol and other drug problems (particularly addiction) have been viewed over the years and currently.
  • Prochaska and DiClemente’s Transtheoretical Model of Change (aka The Wheel of Change) and how it applies to real life case studies.
  • Participants will be engaged in learning the components of Screening and Brief Intervention skills and encouraged to practice these skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the day the participants should:

  • Understand the history of human engagement with psychoactive drugs and how this use has been culturally viewed over the years.
  • Be aware how certain words, terms and labels can often create barriers instead of encouraging positive change.
  • Be familiar with the process of change as described by Prochaska and DiClemente.
  • Be confident in using the necessary skills in order to carry out a productive brief intervention.

 

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