Substance Misuse Awareness (with the option of accreditation)

Venue: NewLink Wals Cardiff

Target Group: This course is aimed at anyone who wishes to know more about new psychoactive substances and techniques for supporting users of these drugs.

National Occupational Standards: AF3,  AG2, AD1, AF2

Cost: Free (fully funded) for attendees working within Cardiff and the Vale. Work outside Cardiff and the Vale and want to attend? Contact us for pricing info.

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 Specifications

This course aims to explore the constantly evolving market for new psychoactive substances.  The course content includes the following:

  • The current substances in the marketplace.
  • The effects and risks of these new substances.
  • The role of the internet
  • Legal status and what might happen next?
  • How to effectively work with and support new psychoactive substance users.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Identify what is meant by the variety of terms used to describe new psychoactive substances
  • Recognise the effects and risks of new psychoactive drugs
  • Examine the role of the internet in the new psychoactive market
  • State the legal position and identify possible future changes
  • Explore harm reduction techniques and treatment options

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.