Drug Awareness Training Course

Drug Awareness Training Course

This one day drug awareness training course covers the different types of commonly used illegal drugs (includes NPS, new psychoactive substances).

Course description

The drug awareness course covers;

  • Current UK situation
  • Different types of drugs and routes of use
  • How drugs work  – effects, signs and symptoms
  • Health and mental health implications
  • Effective support & treatment

Aims and objectives

  • Increase knowledge and awareness of the issues relating to illegal drug use
  • Increase knowledge of how drugs are used and the effects upon individual’s physiology and neurology
  • Understand the possible affects on health
  • Identify, signpost and refer people who are effected by drugs into specialist treatment services

Key messages for participants:

Increase confidence in working with this client group

Name commonly used illicit drugs, understand the effects of drugs upon emotional and physical health, identify potential vulnerabilities and/or risk behaviours.

Increase competence in working with this client group

Respond effectively using evidence-based interventions and treatment tools to work with individual drug users symptoms / issues. List referral routes and describe the range of service provision on offer.

Delivered to teams or staff nationally at a venue of your choice. The course can be tailored to your needs.

Target audience

This drug awareness training course is aimed at services that may come into contact with individuals with drug problems. It is also open to workers new to this area of work and is suitable for people who may need to develop their knowledge of drugs.

Staff who would benefit from the training include:

Drug / Recovery Workers & Managers, Social Workers, Health / Mental Health Workers, Nurses & GPs, Psychiatrist, Youth Workers, Anti-Social Behaviour Workers, Youth Offending Teams, Probation Staff, Prison Staff, Teachers, University Staff, Student Unions, Housing Workers, Community Wardens, Police Community Support Officers and Police Officers.

Drug and alcohol national occupational standards

Day One:

  • AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
  • HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals
  • HSC3111 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals
  • AB2 Support individuals who are substance users.
  • HSC33 Develop your own knowledge and practice
  • AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects