Working with Alcohol Users
Duration 1 day
Many adults in the UK use alcohol to deal with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression, according to a report from the Mental Health Foundation. The report outlines a relationship between alcohol and mental health, describing how excessive drinking increases vulnerability to a range of mental health problems and how emotional issues are resolved by drinking. Moreover, high levels of alcohol consumption can lead to physical illness and psychological and social distress. Despite this, alcohol is the most socially accepted recreational drug legally available in the UK today. Although, as research suggests, moderate use of alcohol can protect against cardiovascular diseases, for some people alcohol destroys careers, relationships, lives, and has no respect for financial position or social standing from street drinkers to the affluent and successful. The controversy surrounding alcohol consumption gives those working with long-term alcohol users more challenges than ever.
This one-day course is aimed at those in support roles working with long-term alcohol users. It explores the short and long-term effects of alcohol consumption, personal attitudes and stereotypes and introduces the delegates to a range of care pathways and treatment options.
- Discuss the history of alcohol and the law
- Identify the strengths and units of ethyl alcohol
- Explore the short- and long-term effects of alcohol
- Explore the conditions of alcohol use and how it creates addiction
- Examine personal attitudes and stereotypes
- Consider the value of assessment tools
- Critically evaluate treatment approaches and outcomes
- Provide an overview of the recovery model
- Incorporate a psychologically-informed perspective
Methods of Delivery
The trainers for the course incorporate PowerPoint presentation, flipchart work, open discussions and group exercises to accompany a set of comprehensive course handouts.
- Course Content
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- Competently and confidently engage with long term alcohol users in a variety of settings
- Effectively support clients out of problematic alcohol misuse
Individuals and volunteers whose work brings them into contact with long-term alcohol users in a variety of settings who wish to increase their skills and knowledge of alcohol related issues and effective working practice.
Delegates should consider their own cases with clients, and complete and return any pre-training requirement.
The delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
Dual Diagnosis: Substance Abuse & Mental Health
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