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Level 3: Specialist Practitioner Skills (New Psychoactive Substances)

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The aim of this three-day course is for participants to increase their knowledge of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) and Club Drugs, including: be able to describe a range of NPS (e.g. Synthetic Cannabinoids, Synthetic Opioids, Synthetic Cathinones, Phenethylamines, Piperazines) and club drugs, their effects and associated risks; recent history of NPS and club drugs; the law and NPS and club drugs; and, an overview of treatment/ support options available to NPS and Club Drug users with an emphasis on reducing the risk of harm.

"Good mixture of group work and trainer discussion, trainer was very knowledgeable and engaging."

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand a range of stimulant and new psychoactive substances, their effects, risks and modes of administration.
  2. Understand the key features and characteristics of working with stimulant and new psychoactive substance users.
  3. Understand the policy, practice and legislative framework of working with stimulant and new psychoactive substance users.
  4. Understand the role of complimentary therapies and peer support in overcoming problems with stimulant and new psychoactive substance users.

Who is this course for? 

This course would be suitable for anybody who wants to develop a good understanding of stimulants and new psychoactive substances including approaches to intervention. It is particularly suitable for volunteers and paid staff working in substance misuse or for people in allied professions working with people who are using stimulants or new psychoactive substances.

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 3 full days plus tutorals (30 guided learning hours)
Venue Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust


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