Training Calendar

Training Calendar

Adfam’s mission is to improve life for families affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling. A key strand of this is building the confidence, capacity and capability of frontline practitioners. To achieve this, we have for many years delivered specialist practitioner training on families and substance use.

Over the past year our experienced and talented trainers have refreshed and revised our wide range courses and are now all suitable to be delivered and facilitated online, over Zoom.

In addition to commissioned courses, we run ‘open courses’ for individual practitioners and professionals to register.

Most of our courses are CPD accredited, and participants will receive a CPD certificate following completion of the course.

Who is the training for?

Our training courses are suitable to any professional or volunteer whose work brings them into contact with families affected by substance use. 

Please see the training calendar below for information on our latest online open courses on offer.

Introduction to supporting people bereaved through a substance related death

  • Friday 17th September | 2.00 – 5.00pm | £50
  • Trainer: Peter Cartwright

Families, Drugs and Alcohol – Essential Skills

  • Monday 20th September | 9.30am – 3.30pm | £75
  • Trainer: Lauren Booker

Brief interventions for working with families affected by drug and alcohol use. This course is designed for everyone working with adult family members affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. No previous experience required. By the end of the training learners will:

  • Recognise the potential impact of substance use on children
  • Identify family roles around a problematic substance user
  • Identify behaviours associated with someone who cares for a substance user
  • Identify ways family members can support each other through the ‘Cycle of Change’
  • Consider the effectiveness of various brief interventions models
  • Understand how to encourage alcohol and drug users to engage with treatment
  • Understand how to put the course learning into practice

Families and substance use – 3-days

  • Monday 27th September | Tuesday 5th October | Tuesday 12th October | 9.30am – 3.30pm (each day) | £175
  • Trainer: Lauren Booker

A 3-day course on families affected by substance use utilising content from three of our core modules:

  1. Families, Drugs and Alcohol – Essential Skills
  2. Families, Drugs and Alcohol – Advanced Skills
  3. Parental Substance Misuse - Essential Skills

The course is open to any practitioner whose work brings them into contact with families affected by substance use. Participants will familiarise themselves with the impacts of substance use with families and utilise a range of interventions and techniques with families.

Families and Change Resistant Drinkers – The Blue Light Family Toolkit

  • Tuesday 19th October | 9.30am – 3.30pm | £75
  • Trainer: Mike Ward

This one-day training course will give professionals the skills to help adult family members to engage more effectively with change resistant drinkers within their family. Adfam’s Blue Light Family toolkit provides a range of resources that support family members to engage appropriately and effectively with their loved ones. By the end of the training learners will:

  • Understand the need for a greater focus on the family of change resistant drinkers
  • Use and understand the tools in the toolkit
  • Understand the range of local alcohol / family services
  • Consider how to develop the local response to families of drinkers using these tools

Alcohol Related Brain Damage and End of Life Care – What the Family Needs to Know

  • Tuesday 26th October | Thursday 28th October | 9.30am – 12.30pm (both days) | £75
  • Trainer: Mike Ward

This one-day course is particularly suitable for substance use workers, family support workers and those working in later-life care. It provides workers with the knowledge and understanding to provide appropriate support and information to family members of those who may be suffering from this complex and often undiagnosed range of conditions.

Understanding Family Dynamics

  • Tuesday 9th November | 10.00am – 5.00pm | £75
  • Trainer: Peter Cartwright

This course enables participants to recognise and make sense of the common dynamics that occur in a family affected by problematic drug or alcohol use. The course is open to all professionals, workers and volunteers’ whose work involves supporting family members who are affected by a loved-one’s problematic substance use. By the end of the training learners will be able to:

  • Identify four levels at which family dynamics can occur in a family affected by problematic substance use.
  • Recognise two key internal dynamics within a family member.
  • Identify the key dynamic between a family member and their loved one who uses substances problematically, where substance use is inadvertently assisted by a family member.
  • Describe the stages families typically move through when coping with substance use.
  • Describe the roles that different family members can inadvertently adopt when the whole family is affected by substance use.
  • Recognise how dynamics caused through problematic substance use can affect a whole family.
  • Identify how stigma and shame typically affect whether families engage with services.

If you have any questions about any of the above courses, please contact or phone 07442 137421.

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