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SDAP Training & Workforce Development

The aim of SDAPs approach to training and workforce development is to ensure as far as is possible that anyone working in Somerset is confident and competent to respond to drugs and alcohol issues at a level that is right for them and the setting they are working in.

SDAP sees the workforce in three broad groups as set out in the diagram below:

Professional Training

Using these three categories, SDAP has mapped out a basic level of competence for each:

Category A means that you should be able to recognise indications of drug and alcohol misuse, carry out screening, deliver appropriate interventions according to your role and refer individuals to specialists.

This would include courses such as: 

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Adults,
  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Young People - Using the Screening Tool,
  • Alcohol Brief Interventions

Category B means that on top of Catergory A, you are also able to support individuals who are drug/alcohol users by enabling them to adopt safe practices, and support individuals efforts to reduce or cease drug/alcohol use.

This would include courses such as:

  • Alcohol Brief Interventions,
  • Using Somerset Young People's Drug and Alcohol Assessment Tool,
  • Motivational Interviewing for young people's drug and alcohol assessment,
  • Motivational Interviewing for alcohol brief interventions.  

Category C means that on top of Category A + Catergory B, you have also undertaken specialist units of study to be able to deliver particular interventions. 

This could includes courses such as:

  • Motivational Interviewing for young people's drug and alcohol assessment
  • Motivational Interviewing for alcohol brief interventions
  • Supervised Administration of Methadone and / or Buprenorphine
  • Controlled Drinking Approaches with young people
  • Relapse Prevention with young people

If you are looking to book on an SDAP training course you need to think about:

  • what your job role allows you to do
  • the kind of contact you have with people

 

The courses SDAP have commissioned are matched to your role as a worker, the depth of drug & alcohol work you are able to do or the interventions you are able to offer within your role, and the age range of people you work with.There are a range of courses available . You can also read what previous participants have said about the training link to course feedback.Some of the courses can also be delivered in house for a staff group. Contact the SDAP office for more information on this option.

The purpose of the training is to develop knowledge, understanding and skills for you to use in your everyday practice.

Transferring your training to your practice

The purpose of the training is to develop: knowledge, understanding and skills for you to use in your everyday practice. Once you have completed the training, you can download the tools here to help you put those skills into practice.

Managerial support is available here . These briefings offer ideas on how a manager can support a member of staff transfer their training into practice.


Office Address:
Somerset Drug & Alcohol Partnership
Somerset County Council
County Hall (PP B3S 2)
Taunton TA1 4DY
Email:
sdap@somerset.gov.uk
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