Policy & Practice: Training & Consultancy

More than 85 percent of trainees who start SDF's award-winning Addiction Worker Training Project complete the course and nearly 80 percent of those completing progress into employment.

Scottish Drugs Forum delivers general and specialist training on drug-related issues for a range of agencies and through a number of approaches.

We have experience in designing training for a diverse range of learners engaging with people with drug problems including:

  • needle exchange workers
  • drug workers
  • college workers
  • workers in services working with vulnerable young people
  • housing staff
  • GPs
  • stable/former drug users.

You can also commission us to create fully bespoke courses in any subject area, please get in touch with our National Training and Development Officer Katy MacLeod to discuss your needs, email katy@sdf.org.uk or call 0141 221 1175 for more details.

You can also download a PDF copy of our training brochure here

We hold accreditation from the Royal College of General Practitioners (Scotland), enabling Scottish Drugs Forum to hold EPASS training events for GPs and other primary care professionals.

We deliver:

  • Harm reduction training to workers
  • General drug awareness and legal highs awareness
  • Critical Incidents training as part of a wider national scheme equipping drug users, their friends and families with the information, advice and basic first aid skills to prevent and respond to drug overdoses
  • Naloxone Training For Trainers (T4T) sessions and local implementation assistance as part of the roll out of the Scottish Government’s ground-breaking emergency opiate–reversal National Naloxone Programme.

Other Training Support

We provide other training and consultancy through:

National Quality Development Programme

Our Big-Lottery-funded National Quality Development Programme – set up to improve the capacity of services to make their services more effective.

Our National Quality Development Programme (NQD) gives free training for frontline service managers and staff engaging with drug users through expert in-house and commissioned external trainers.

Topics can range from Dealing with Trauma and Difficult Emotions in Clients, Groupwork skills, Outcomes Development, and Child Welfare and Protection.

User Involvement

Our separate User Involvement training, which aims to build the personal capacity and vocational skills of people with a history of problem drug use.

Peer volunteers are supported to develop skills such as undertaking peer research, which includes carrying out needs assessment and large scale consultations with service users.

Volunteers are also equipped by Scottish Drugs Forum to use their personal insight in a structured way for helping service planners, commissioners and managers design and deliver more effective and efficient ways of helping people with drug problems.

Our User Involvement training also equips service staff in involving service users in the design and delivery of services which maximise the impact of drug treatment and care.

Addiction Workers Training Project (AWTP)

Our award-winning Addiction Workers Training Project (AWTP)  is a unique initiative which supports, trains, and prepares individuals with a history of substance use to work in Social Care.? ?More than 85 percent of trainees who start the Addiction Worker Training Project complete the course and nearly 80 percent of those completing progress into employment.

Viral Hepatitis

Scottish Drugs Forum has experience of delivering training on issues around viral hepatitis - this training is now shared with Hepatitis Scotland.

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