Course Profile

Course Profile: Alcohol and Substance Use Awareness (1 Day)
This course offers background knowledge and understanding of the subject and aims to provide a basic model to begin working in this area. It highlights the effects on the individual and others involved and identifies treatment and support that is available. The material is underpinned by an eclectic, non-judgmental approach to supporting service users.
The course is informed by a range of material including The DSM; NHS National Treatment Agency; DrugScope; Miller, Rollnick, Prochaska, Diclemente
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.2; HWB2
QCF: HSC 036; 31; ASM1, 3, 8



The course is designed for health and social care workers in a variety of settings. The course is introductory and would not be suitable for those with considerable experience and training.
The course will help organisations meet CQC  Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • Definitions: Use, Abuse, Misuse, Dependence, Addiction, Intoxication etc.
  • DSM diagnosis and criteria for diagnosis; statistics; WHO definitions
  • Who is vulnerable? Is there a personality type?
  • The environmental and cultural/sub-cultural influences
  • Why people use alcohol and/or substances; positives and negatives
  • The various substances currently being used
  • How they are used
  • The effects of alcohol and different substances: Physically, psychologically, socially
  • Associated problems
  • How to spot use
  • Treatments
  • Help and support available
  • The role of the support worker
  • An introduction to the principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Resources
Training methods utilised include: Tutor Presentations, Role-play, Trust exercises, Word shower, Feedback, Discussion, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts, DVD