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Level 2: Responding to Substance Misuse

open_Awards_logoThe Level 2 Award in Management of Substance Misuse is a programme of learning that has been quality endorsed by Open Awards. It is a taught training programme using a range of delivery methods and aims to meet a wide range of learning and development needs. It comprises of participants completing four mandatory units and in order to receive the award, participants must complete all units. Details of the units are given below:


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Learning Outcomes

Unit 1: Terminology and Basic Concept

Duration Two Days
Aim Understand what the term ‘substance’ means; understand why people use substances; understand types of use and key terms; understand different drug groups; understand the link between tolerance, dependence and withdrawal; understand the legal classification of substances; and know and understand modes of administration. This two-day unit will offer participants the chance to receive 3 Level 2 credits from Open Awards for successful completion.


Unit 2: Substance Misuse Interventions

Duration Two days

Understand: overarching themes and aims within current Drug and Alcohol Strategies; over-arching approaches to preventing substance misuse; approaches to Early Intervention; key aspects of Harm Reduction; the aims of prescribed medication; what is meant by the term 'Recovery'; and, the importance of Aftercare and Relapse Prevention. This two-day unit will offer participants the chance to receive 3 Level 2 credits from Open Awards for successful completion.


Unit 3: Core Practice in Substance Misuse


Two days

Aim Understand: the 'Cycle of Change'; the importance of evidence based practice; key aspects of 'Models of Care' (tiers of treatment, integrated care pathways, levels of assessment, domains of treatment and modalities of treatment); risk assessment and risk management; and, discharge planning & relapse prevention.


Unit 4: Peer Support in Substance Misuse

Duration Two Days

Understand: key approaches of Mutual Aid (AA, NA, SMART Recovery); the importance of involving families/carers and significant others in the recovery process; service user involvement; and, the role of Recovery Champions.


Who is this course for?

This course would be suitable for anybody who wants to develop a good understanding of substance misuse and approaches to interventions. It is particularly suitable for volunteers working in substance misuse or for people in allied professions working with substance misusers.

Eligibility Criteria

Participants will be expected to submit a good standard of written work and have good IT skills (word processing, power-point and searching the internet).

Dates, Duration and Venue

Dates TBC
Duration 8 full day sessions plus tutorials (60 guided learning hours)
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


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