Course Profile

Course Profile: Learning Disabilities and Substance Use (1 Day)
There is anecdotal and statistical evidence indicating that Britain has a serious epidemic of alcohol and substance misuse. For the individual and those around them this can devastate the quality of life. People who have Learning Disabilities are no less influenced by the factors that lead to the resulting behaviour nor indeed suffer less from the consequences. There are specific challenges for people with Learning Disabilities regarding alcohol and substance misuse and this course aims to help learners understand these and approach supporting people in this area in a sensitive and effective manner.
The course is informed by the Mental Capacity Act (2005) and DoLS, the DSM, NICE guidelines and the Code of Conduct for Healthcare Support Workers and Adult Social Care Workers in England (2013). It is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  HWB 2.2, 3.2, 4.2, 5.2
Care certificate: 1.4, 3, 5, 7
QCF: HSC026, 024, 2031, 3061, LD205, ASM1, 3, 4, 11
The course is designed for staff working at all levels in a variety of roles and in diverse settings with people with Learning Disabilities.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • Current statistics of alcohol/ substance use in the UK
  • DSM definitions
  • Why people use/misuse alcohol/substances and what they use
  • The consequences of use; short term, longer term, on those around the person
  • Recovery; the choices, effectiveness
  • A brief introduction to the Cycle of Change and principles underpinning Motivational Interviewing
  • Why people with Learning Disabilities may use; are their reasons any different from anyone else?
  • Particular vulnerabilities and influences
  • Supporting people with Learning Disabilities who want help; assessing needs and planning help
  • Why people with Learning Disabilities may resist help
  • The idea of significant ‘Secondary Gain’
  • The dilemmas for those offering support:
  •                   -Issues of responsible Intervention, Control and Neglect
                      -A life choice?
                      -The capacity to decide (incl. aspects of The Mental Capacity Act)
  • A Person Centred approach
  • Resources available
Training methods utilised include: Tutor presentations, Small and large group work, Problem solving, Handouts, PowerPoint, Chalk & Talk, Practice studies