Please note: this course is now full

Substance Misuse Awareness (with the option of accreditation)

Venue: Cardiff

Target Group: This course is aimed at people with little or no knowledge of substance misuse.

National Occupational Standards: AA1 AB5 HSC233 HSC330 HSC3111

Cost: Free (fully funded) for attendees working within Cardiff and the Vale. For workers outside Cardiff and the Vale, a £90 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

This course aims to bring a broad understanding about substance misuse and the impact that is has on individuals. The course content includes the following.

  • The main categories of drugs and their effects.
  • Alcohol and its effects
  • Patterns of drug use
  • Stigma and stereotyping
  • Methods of drug use
  • Introduction to service provision

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Descibe the most commonly misused categories of substances
  2. List the effects of alcohol and the risks associated with alcohol misuse
  3. Describe different patterns of substance misuse
  4. Discuss different types of service provision

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.

Since attending the course it certainly has raised my awareness and knowledge of substance and substance misuse. On a daily basis I have used the skills we were taught, and have implemented them into my daily workload. It has given me a greater understanding of my client base, and the problems that they come across, and I try to help with on a daily basis. It was an excellent course, delivered professionally.