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.


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

National Occupational Standards: AA1 AB5 HSC233 HSC330 HSC3111

Course description:

This course aims to bring a broad understanding about substance misuse and the impact that it has on individuals, the course content includes the following:

  1. The main categories of drugs and their effects
  2. Alcohol and its effects
  3. Patterns of drug use
  4. Stigma and stereotyping
  5. Methods of drug use
  6. Introduction to service provision

Course prerequisites:

Basic experience of working or volunteering with people who are experiencing substance misuse

Learning outcomes:

  1. By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
  2. Describe the most commonly misused categories of substances
  3. List the effects of alcohol and the risks associated with alcohol misuse
  4. Describe different patterns of substance misuse
  5. Discuss different types of service provision

Course duration:

9:30am – 4:30pm

45mins for lunch (not provided)


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.