Making Sense of Substance Use 15/05/2020

Humans have used psychoactive substances for millennia, but why is it that they become a problem for some and not others, and why do some people continue to use substances even though doing can ruin their life and even kill them?

Is it moral weakness? Is it down to genetics? Is it a mental health condition? Is it a way of coping with distress? Or something else?

This course is designed to challenge you, whatever your beliefs about substance misuse may be, and to go through some established theories from the psychological / scientific / philosophical world to provoke and inform deeper thought about the subject.

On completion of this course you will have:

  • Explored some of the roles that substance use has within individuals’ lives and in wider society and have an overview of competing theories that try to make sense of substance use.
  • An understanding of risk factors and protective factors relating to problematic substance use
  • An understanding of different groups of substances and what people get from them.
  • An understanding of substance use in terms of the Mental Capacity Act, the ICD-10, the Care Act and the Equality Act.
  • An overview of the different treatment options available in England to those using substances.

Who is this course for?

This course will be suitable for new and experienced frontline workers and volunteers as well as managers of services that regularly have contact with people who use psychoactive substances problematically.

We advise delegates to employ discretion in attending as some content of the course may produce strong / distressing emotional reactions.

Costs, date and venue

The course costs £50 per delegate and will be on 15th May 2020 at The Centre, 147 Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0PW from 9.30am-4pm

Refreshments will be provided, but lunch will not be. Cancellations after the 8th May will not be refundable.

Email to book your place.