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Level 3: Specialist Practitioner Skills (Alcohol)

 open_awards_logoThe aim of the course is to increase participant’s knowledge and skills around alcohol, understanding current legislation (the law) in relation to alcohol; understanding national alcohol strategy and how this relates to the delivery of alcohol services; harms associated with alcohol misuse; Models of Care for Alcohol Misusers (2006); approaches to intervention and treatment for alcohol misusers; key features and characteristics of working with alcohol users; and, the role of peer support (Alcoholics Anonymous and SMART Recovery) in overcoming alcohol misuse problems.


"I have increased my knowledge of treatment, it was very educational."


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will

  1. Understand the context, purpose and aims of alcohol services
  2. Understand the key features and characteristics of working with alcohol users
  3. Understand the policy, practice and legislative framework of working with alcohol users
  4. Understand the role of peer support in overcoming problems with alcohol misuse

Who is this course for?

This course would be suitable for anybody who wants to develop their knowledge and skills working with substance misusers. It is particularly suitable for anybody working in a 'face to face' capacity with substance misusers (e.g. support workers, group workers, drug and alcohol workers, nurses and social workers).

Eligibility Criteria

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

Dates, Duration and Venue

Dates TBC
Duration 3 days plus tutorials
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


As a patient

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