Essential skills for working with people who use substances

An introduction to the core skills needed to support people who use drugs and/or alcohol.
This training will allow health workers, youth workers, drug workers and other professionals to effectively respond to, treat, support and engage with people using drugs and alcohol.This training would be particularly helpful to those who are non-specialist drug workers, or who are new to the substance use field.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • identify the key qualities needed to effectively support people who use substances
  • describe the role of non-verbal communication
  • recall the core conditions
  • demonstrate application of key skills for supporting people who use substances including paraphrasing and active listening
  • name the stages of behaviour change
  • identify techniques they can apply when working with people who use substances.

Aimed At

Drug workers, housing workers, social workers, GPs, nurses, teachers, pharmacy staff and mental health workers.


Free within Scotland and bespoke costs for elsewhere.


One day