Please note: this course is free (fully-funded) to workers within Cardiff and the Vale. For workers outside Cardiff and the Vale, a £90 - £110 charge applies.

Please ensure you have permission from your manager prior to booking.


National Occupational Standards: AA1 AB5 HSC233 HSC330 HSC3111

Course description

This course aims to give broad understanding of substance misuse and the impact that it has on individuals and the wider community.

During this course, we’ll discuss various categories of substance and their methods of administration, incorporating harm reduction strategies where appropriate. During this course stigma and stereotyping are addressed through open debate, to highlight the difficulties and discrimination that drug and alcohol users face.

Course prerequisites

The course is aimed at professionals with little or no knowledge of substance misuse who have entered the sector either for the first time or would like to update their knowledge.

Learning outcomes

  • Describe the most commonly misused categories of substances
  • Identify signs of substance misuse
  • Identify the main methods of drug use
  • Describe different patterns of substance misuse
  • List the effects of alcohol and the risks associated with use
  • Understand the law surrounding the drug classification system

Course duration

9:30am – 4:30pm

45mins for lunch

Delivery method

Powerpoint presentation, group activities and discussions.


This course does have the option of a participant completing an accreditation with an additional cost of £55.

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.

NewLink Wales Training Team

All of our trainers are experienced practitioners who have worked directly with individuals who misuse substances. Our trainers are qualified assessors who maintain a high level of contact with the substance misuse sector.