Adfam has delivered specialist practitioner training on families and substance use for almost as long as it has existed - since 1984! We have run a variety of courses over the years and have now refreshed and revised the most popular to reflect the very latest evidence and practice. We also run
training courses for families.
Our core courses below are now all fully accredited by
The CPD Certification Service.
our training brochure (pdf) for additional detail.
If you would like to commission a training course please
fill out our booking form or contact Robert Stebbings.
We do sometimes organise training sessions that people can sign up to an individual basis. These are listed on our
Events page. Course 1: Families, drugs and alcohol: an introduction
This one day course is for all practitioners who work with adult family members affected by drug and/or alcohol misuse. It is accessible to workers without existing knowledge of the topic and covers both the background knowledge and skills necessary for effective practice.
Course 2: Families, drugs and alcohol: advanced skills
This one day course is aimed at practitioners with some experience of working with families affected by substance use, who wish to develop their skills in working with this group of people. It provides an in-depth exploration of interventions and skills for working with families.
Course 3: Children, parenting, families, drugs and alcohol
This one day course will be of benefit to any practitioner who wishes to gain both a basic insight into the issues surrounding parental substance misuse and safeguarding, together with an opportunity to practice some skills in dealing with parents who are problematic drug/alcohol users.
Course 4: Child-parent violence, drugs and alcohol
This one day course is for any practitioner who works with families affected by substance use in their everyday work who wishes to gain a greater understanding of how children (including adult children) with drug or alcohol problems can perpetrate domestic violence against their parents.
Course 5: Safeguarding children from Opioid Substitute Therapy risks: a multi-disciplinary approach
This one day course is aimed at local areas and must be run as a multi-agency, multi-disciplinary learning event with representation from across the services involved in safeguarding children from risks posed by OST medications: treatment services; prescribers; health visitors; midwives; housing officers; social workers (family and adult); police officers, domestic violence workers etc. It enables local areas to develop a strategic plan on how agencies can work together to create a joint plan for working together to safeguard local children.
Course 6: Working with families affected by alcohol misuse
A one day course for practitioners with experience of working with these families who wish to extend their knowledge and skills. The course aims to familiarise the participants with the impacts of problematic alcohol use on families and utilise a range of brief interventions techniques with family members.
Course 7: Supporting family members to respond to change resistant drinkers: The Blue Light family project
This one day training course will demonstrate how professionals can help family members to engage more effectively with change resistant drinkers. It will do this by introducing Adfam’s Blue Light family toolkit. The toolkit provides a series of resources that can be used to support family members.