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Open Courses

Drugtrain is a leading provider of training in substance misuse and related areas. Our Open Courses are available throughout the year and showcase some of the most current and popular topics.

Individuals can book themselves onto the training using the online booking system, or they can contact us by telephone to secure their place. Discounts are offered for multiple bookings.

People who attend our training will always receive:

  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Unlimited exclusive access to the Drugtrain Resource Portal where they can view resources relevant to the training they have attended.

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This course is an updated version of our popular Working with New Psychoactive Substances course and offers participants an opportunity to explore the current situation with NPS type substances, following the implementation of the NPS act to control the legal sale of these substances. With the evidence showing that many young people are moving away from the use of NPS back to more traditional illicit drugs we continually update this session to ensure that participants get an up to date picture of the prevalence and use of NPS and other substances with a particular focus on recreational and party drugs.

Learning Objectives:

  • NPS; a brief background of the rise of NPS type drugs
  • NPS awareness; an opportunity to consider the different types of NPS and the effects, risks & harms
  • The Chemsex scene; an overview of links between drug use and sex within the LGBT community
  • E’s are good? The re-emergence of Ecstasy and ways to reduce harm
  • A micro dose of psychedelics; a brief look at the growing use of psychedelic drugs.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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CBT for Substance Misuse Workers


Course Aim

2 Day Course

For participants to be able to apply an understanding of cognitive behavioural theories to enhance their work with service users changing their substance use.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand key principles & concepts underpinning a cognitive behavioural approach to psycho-social interventions
  • Practice identifying links between events, cognitions, feelings & physiology
  • Apply the laws of behaviourism to explain drug use
  • Understand & be able to use contingency management approaches
  • Apply cognitive theories to explain the development & maintenance of problematic substance use
  • Demonstrate cognitive behavioural intervention strategies for supporting clients in changing their substance use
  • Know about key CBT techniques such as structure, guiding discovery, scaling, use of metaphor, the between session task etc.
  • Know how to incorporate CBT into their everyday role
  • Be a more confident, capable and empathetic practitioner.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Doctors’ Orders; Use as Directed

1 Day Course

It is estimated that misuse of prescribed drugs costs in excess of £60 million per year. With rising numbers of prescriptions comes the potential for rising addiction. There is also an increasing recognition of the use of prescribed and over the counter (OTC) medicines amongst young people, often alongside illicit drugs. Easily obtainable online, the use of these kinds of drugs by a diverse group of people presents significant challenges for the drug treatment services that they often access for support.

“Some people misuse or become dependent on over-the-counter medicines. Access to medicines on the internet has led to increases in online purchasing, some of which is legitimate, but with some internet sites unlicensed and supplying fake or counterfeit medicines” Drug Strategy 2017

Learning Objectives:

  • Identifying prescription drug misuse and at risk groups
  • An overview of commonly misused prescription & OTC medications including opiates, depressants, z-drugs , antidepressants, antihistamines & stimulants
  • Patterns & prevalence of use
  • Reducing overdose risks
  • Working with people misusing medications
  • Are drug services the right treatment option?
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Dual Diagnosis


1 Day Course

This course is for individuals who work with people who have mental health problems, e.g. support workers, mental health workers, mental health social workers, mental health nurses, psychologists, occupational therapists, housing workers, probation officers etc.

Course Aim

For participants to improve their understanding of mental health and addiction within the context of working with people who have complex needs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Knowing the extent and nature of Dual Diagnosis of mental health and substance use
  • Discussing the relationship between dependent substance use and mental ill health
  • Understanding the interaction between a range of substances, focussing partially on alcohol, opiates, stimulants and NPS ('Legal Highs') and mental health
  • Exploring the risks associated with Dual Diagnosis
  • Knowing what works with individuals experiencing different types of Dual Diagnosis.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Managing Lapse


1 Day Course

Course Aim

For participants to be able to use the tools and techniques to reduce lapse with the people they work with.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand what lapse is
  • Apply the theory & skills of lapse identification and reduce its frequency in current practice
  • Describe & demonstrate strategies to reduce lapse
  • Discuss how to move forwards from a lapse episode
  • Feel more confident as a practitioner.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Motivational Interviewing

2 Day Course

Course Aim

For participants to be able to use the spirit of Motivational Interviewing and motivational techniques.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Apply the theory & skills of MI in current practice
  • Understand & demonstrate the spirit of MI
  • Describe & demonstrate MI strategies
  • Discuss the traps to avoid when using MI
  • Feel more confident as a practitioner.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Reducing Drug Related Deaths

With Drug Related Deaths (DRD’s) in the UK at higher levels than ever before. The reduction of these drug related deaths is now a key target for drug treatment services. This course will equip practitioners with the skills and knowledge to recognise overdose risks, develop harm reduction strategies and interventions and offer practical advice as to how to discuss these risks with people using drugs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding and defining what constitutes a Drug Related Death (DRD) and consider immediate, medium & long term DRD’s
  • Understand how commonly used substances can cause death, including stimulants, opiates, depressant & cannabinoids
  • Identify high risk groups and consider how to assess this risk
  • Understand the role & importance of supervised consumption for people prescribed methadone
  • Develop an understanding of the key strategic aims and documents related to DRD
  • Develop harm reduction messages and interventions for people using drugs and their immediate network
  • Reflect on practitioners role in addressing DRD’s
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Safeguarding Children

1 Day Course

Safeguarding is a part of everyone's role if you work with children. This course will provide you with the confidence to identify if a child is being abused and what to do if you are worried about a child.

Learning Objectives:

  • What is safeguarding? Roles and responsibilities
  • How to identify the indicators of abuse and the impacts of abuse
  • Sharing information and confidentiality
  • Recording and reporting concerns
  • Working with vulnerable children & young people
  • Exploring recent case studies and research to learn how to improve outcomes for children.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Stress & Anxiety Management for Recovery


1 Day Course

Course Aim

For participants to understand the difference between stress & anxiety and how these factors affect service users.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference between stress and anxiety
  • Understand how stress and anxiety affects decision making
  • Understand how stress and anxiety lead to extended treatment, lapse and reduced engagement
  • Experience a range of tools to manage stress and anxiety to help improve their own and others wellbeing
  • Be confident to apply their learning to help reduce lapse and relapse in clients due to stress and anxiety
  • Be a more confident, capable and empathetic practitioner.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Substance Misuse in Older People

With an ageing population accessing drug treatment services, often with complex & multiple needs, it is crucial that staff are appropriately trained to consider the issues related to substance misuse by an older person.

"The average age of people in treatment is increasing, with increasing proportions in their 40s, 50s and 60s. They need the usual health screening and monitoring that a non-drug user might be offered appropriate to their age and general health status, but they may also have special health needs due to the complications of long-term drug (and alcohol) use and of treatment." Drug Strategy 2017

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the physical, psychological and social effects of drug & alcohol use in older people, with reference to chronic & life threatening conditions
  • Know the current guidance around safer alcohol use with specific reference to the guidance for over 65’s
  • Appraise own attitude towards drug & alcohol use
  • Learn the challenges of working with & raising the issue of substance use with older people
  • Discuss how to adapt IBA when working with older people
  • Know how to use the recommended screening tools with older people
  • Consider the range of appropriate support services for older people when offering brief advice
  • Demonstrate raising the issue of substance use and offering brief advice to support safer substance use amongst older people.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Toxic Trio

This course looks at the links between parental mental ill health, domestic violence & abuse and parental substance misuse, and will increase participants understanding of the impact of these factors on children in those families.

"We know there are families where substance misuse is just one of a number of other complex problems…Supporting vulnerable families to break intergenerational pathways to dependence is a part of our approach to prevent and reduce the demand for drugs and to help build recovery." Drug Strategy 2017

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the extent of the impact of the Toxic Trio on children
  • Explore own attitudes to domestic abuse, substance use and mental health
  • Discuss the relationship between domestic abuse, substance use and mental health
  • Discuss the impact of these factors on parenting
  • Have an overview of possible interventions the might help families where one or more of these three factors are present
  • Reflect on own role in responding to the Toxic Trio issues.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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Working with IPEDs

Revised & updated, this course equips practitioners with the skills and knowledge to work effectively with people using Image & Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs). There can be many challenges working with a group who, as the Drug Strategy recognises:

"Tend not to identify as drug users but put themselves at risk of a number of health harms including blood borne infections and significant cardiovascular problems, which are potentially life-threatening. In addition, the content of these substances is often unknown due to the increasing availability of mislabelled products that are being sold by a growing counterfeit market."

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand some of the social context and history behind the rise in the use of IPEDs in the UK
  • Consider the motivation for use and desired effects of IPEDs commonly used in the UK
  • Increase the knowledge of unwanted and dangerous side effects of IPED use
  • Explore ways to work effectively with people using IPEDs
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to deliver effective harm reduction messages to people using IPEDs.
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Bespoke Training Option


If you have identified a group of staff within your organisation that would all benefit from the same training, why not consider the Bespoke 'In-House' training option?

Our bespoke service allows us to develop training programmes to meet the specific needs of the customer, taking into account local requirements, and we would be happy to work with you to get the best learning outcomes to more accurately reflect the current needs of your organisation.

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