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Drug, Alcohol and Substance Misuse

Subject categories: General Health and Social Care, Mental Health

Course overview

This course will raise awareness of substance misuse and empower learners to effectively engage with service users. Staff will explore the social, psychological and health implications as well as the risks associated with substance misuse including legal highs and alcohol.
It is imperative that everyone who works with young people and adults with complex needs have an understanding of substance misuse and the impact that it has. In addition learners will look at how person centred practice can address substance misuse in a much more focused and empowering way.  

This course is delivered using a range of methods and resources including:
Case studies, group discussions, small group activities and DVD clips.
This course has been developed and mapped to:
The Government document - No Health without Mental Health
Skills for Care - The Common Core Principles to support good mental health and wellbeing in adult social care

The Care Act 2014
Various Drug Acts and Licensing Arrangements 

And the following QCF unit:
Principles of Safeguarding and Protection in Health and Social Care

Course content

The legal position?
The different types of substances commonly used?
Recognising problematic substance misuse
Minimising harm and other intervention models
Person centered practice

Learning outcomes

List legislation that has an impact on substance abuse
List common types of substances used
Describe how drugs and alcohol impact on users
State how to respond to substance misuse
State what is meant by the term empowerment
List the various intervention models available
Recognise and report problematic substance misuse
Explain the benefits of person centred practice and its role in substance misuse


5 hours

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