Course Profile

Course Profile: Substance Use for Managers (1 Day)
Supporting people who use substances is a complex and challenging task. The tension between Person Centred support and professional responsibility further complicates the support process as does the context of social care and working with service users with other support needs. In order for support staff to work effectively they not only require a common knowledge base but a consistent model of practice. The manager is crucial in leading support staff in approaching this difficult area. Without clear leadership workers will tend to 'do their own thing' and thus not serve the interest of the service user.
This course offers managers 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 provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 1.2; HWB2
QCF: HSC 036; 31; ASM1, 3, 8

The course is designed for managers in health and social care.
The course will help organisations meet CQC Fundamental Standards
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:
  • Facts and up-to-date information about the types of substances that may be misused
  • Possible reasons for substance misuse
  • When does substance use become misuse or a problem?
  • Effects and risks of different substances
  • Harm minimization vs abstinence approaches to supporting people who misuse
  • Signs and indicators of drug use
  • Substance misuse and RSLs
  • Treatment and support available
  • Core management strategies: boundaries, multi-agency working, risk assessment
  • Engaging people who misuse: identifying and overcoming potential barriers
  • The Cycle of Change: a practical model for support work
  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing: core principles and practicing foundation skills
  • Resources
Training methods utilised include: Tutor Presentations, Role-play, Word shower, Feedback, Discussion, PowerPoint, Group work, Handouts, DVD