Understanding the FRAMES Model

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Course Details

Duration : 1 or 2 days

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The principles underlying most approaches to brief interventions were systemized by Hester and Miller in what is called the FRAMES model:

  • Feedback: Give feedback on the risks and negative consequences of substance use. Seek the client's reaction and listen.
  • Responsibility: Emphasize that the individual is responsible for making his or her own decision about his/her drug use.
  • Advice: Give straightforward advice on modifying drug use.
  • Menu of options: Give menus of options to choose from, fostering the client’s involvement in decision-making.
  • Empathy: Be empathic, respectful, and non-judgmental.
  • Self-efficacy: Express optimism that the individual can modify his or her substance use if they choose.  Self-efficacy is one's ability to produce a desired result or effect. 

Programme Duration

1 or 2 days depending on client needs.

Programme certification

Certificate of attendance entitled “An overview of The FRAMES Model” from The Learning Curve Institute.

Programme Aims

The objective of this workshop is to provide the theory of The FRAMES Model and the space to practice the skills associated with the FRAMES Model. 

Programme Content

Students will receive handouts and relevant literature to enable them to develop their understanding the approaches of brief interventions under The FRAMES Model appropriate to this level. In each session students will have the opportunity to observe and practice The FRAMES Model and brief interventions through role-plays and scenarios provided by the lecturer.

The methodology used in this training will be a combination of the following:

Participative: The participants will be asked to contribute to the training both in the large group and also in smaller ones. There will be a number of exercises throughout the training that are designed for the group to be split up into smaller groups.

Experiential: The training will allow participants to contribute by using examples of anonymous clients that they have worked with or are currently working with.

Theory into practice: The training will allow some role plays that will encourage participants to put the theory  into practice.

Information giving: There will be handouts and information on relevant reading that will be distributed at each days training.

Worker led: The training will be flexible to the needs of the group.

Learning Outcomes

  • To equip participants with the tools to develop and build on their own brief intervention skill. 
  • To build on and expand existing knowledge, in relation to brief interventions and the FRAMES model within the group. 
  • To enhance confidence in participants use of Brief Interventions. 
  • To become familiar with the theory of The FRAMES Model.
  • To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with brief interventions and the use of the core skills of The FRAMES Model.

Entry Requirements




Other Information

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby students are provided with the contact details of the lecturer and are free to contact him/her with any questions they may have or that they would like the lecturer to help them with. 


All materials are provided by The Learning Curve Institute. 

Contact Details

Please contact The Learning Curve Institute on 098 25530 or info@thelearningcurve.ie for more information.

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