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Working with Problematic Alcohol Users
October 2, 2013
There has been increasing concern about the harm done by this legal drug; with growing media interest in its health and social impact. There are common misunderstandings around what constitutes ‘problem drinking’ and what just ‘social lubrication’ is. This course aims to raise awareness of the important issues and to consider what the recent, evidence based interventions can do to actively involve people who have or may develop problems with alcohol.
This one day course is aimed at those who need to have a working knowledge of how to use a person centred, collaborative approach to helping clients understand alcohol, its effects and the treatment options available. It will centre on skills to engage clients towards change and to help prevent relapse.
Course content includes
- The social context of alcohol and potential harms
- Physical and psychological effects (including problems associated with withdrawal)
- Skills and strategies for opportunistic brief interventions, dealing with ambivalence and resistance
- Principles of assessment and assessment tools
- Types of problem drinking
- Models of treatment (Abstinence & Harm Reduction)
- Medical interventions and signposting
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