Please note: this course is now full

Venue: NewLink Wales, Cardiff

Target Group: This course is aimed at people who have completed NewLink Wales’ Substance Misuse Awareness course and it may also be suitable for people who have some knowledge of substance misuse already.

National Occupational Standards: AA1, AB2, AB5, HSC226, HSC233, HSC330, HSC3111

Cost: Free (fully funded) for attendees working within Cardiff and the Vale. For workers outside Cardiff and the Vale, a £70 course cost applies.

Includes facilitation, handouts, refreshments & buffet lunch

With a small additional charge, this course can be accredited through Agored Cymru gaining 3 credits and level 3 on the Quality Assured Lifelong Learning framework for Wales.

Bespoke Training: This course can be offered as a bespoke course and adapted to suit your organisational requirements, for more information please contact the Training and Qualifications Department by email or call 02920 529002.

Course Specification

The course will include:

  • Information on the most commonly misused drugs and their effects
  • Practical activities for methods of drug use
  • How to minimise the harm to those using substances
  • The recovery concept and putting it into practice

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the effects of commonly used substances
  2. Analyse the risks surrounding the misuse of substances
  3. Identify the main methods of drug use and explore some harm reduction techniques
  4. Examine the injection process, analyse risks and explore harm minimisation methods
  5. Explore the ‘recovery journey’ and identify appropriate interventions

Teaching Methods

NewLink Wales uses the ‘systems approach’ when developing our courses, ensuring that they are interactive and engaging for everyone regardless of their learning styles. Informal assessments are built into all of our courses through the use of case studies, discussions and questions and answers and our tutors will encourage full active participation from everyone who attends.

Evaluation Tools

NewLink Wales uses the Results Based Accountability (RBA) method of evaluating our courses. This allows us to find out if participants have increased their knowledge, skills and ability to work with service users from the start of training to the end of the course. In addition to this we have a comprehensive evaluation tool which will ask questions about the whole of the training course. NewLink Wales will then send you details of the RBA statistical information gathered, for each courses booked with us and a copy of the full evaluation forms for your records.