Working with Novel Psychoactive Substance (NPS) Users
Duration 1 day
What was formerly known as 'Legal highs' are substances that contain one or more chemicals ingredients which mimicked the effects of those drugs banned under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act. These are now known as new psychoactive substances.
'Head shops' and online shops previously provided many people with an easy access to these substances banned by the Psychoactives Substances Act. This one day course has been designed to provide support workers with knowledge of the key skills they can use when supporting people who use 'legal highs'. The basic techniques taught come from Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Adlerian Therapy and Motivational Interviewing and can be successfully used by youth workers, youth offending workers, young people workers involved in hostels, foyers and school settings.
- Part 1 - 'New Psychoactive Substances' - A new threat?
- Synthetic cannabinoids / 'Spice', Bath Salts, Plant Food, NPS (New Psychoactive Substances)
- Sellers and Penalties
- What they are and what they potentially can do -
- Part 2 - Techniques
- Building a therapeutic alliance
- Maintaining trust whilst exploring the rationale for the drug use
- Moving to a Decisional Balance Model
- Understanding the benefits of drug use and then exploring the negatives
- How to gently explain the dangers
- Checking back to see how the person is getting on
Methods of Delivery
The day is interactive, involving group work, lecture notes via PowerPoint and taking part in discussion.
- Learning Objectives
- Training Considerations
- Related Courses
- To understand how this form of drug use fits into previous patterns.
- To understand what psychoactive substances are.
- To understand potential health risks.
- To understand where to obtain updated information
- To employ the decisional balance and understand desistance as a model.
- To understand what is the therapeutic alliance and how it is maintained.
- Seeing the person and not the drug as the main issue.
- Thinking of the wider social culture the person lives within and how they cope within it and in particular stress relief.
Anyone supporting people who use formerly 'legal highs' or new psychoactive substances
There are no pre-training requirements for this course.
The delegates will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of the course.
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