Drug and Alcohol Training for Professionals

Multi-Agency Drug and Alcohol Training Programme for Professionals

The purpose of the Drug and Alcohol Training Programme is to enable participants to:

  • Increase their knowledge and understanding of drug and alcohol use
  • Reflect on the role of attitudes when working with drug and alcohol use
  • Respond to drug and alcohol use more confidently

These courses are funded and delivered through an innovative joint venture between Public Health Suffolk and Essex Partnerships NHS Trust (EPUT). These courses are usually free* and can be accessed via the Suffolk CPD online booking system.

The professional training programme is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge for professionals in a variety of fields working with people who misuse substances. This programme offers an opportunity to learn alongside professionals from other fields, and is a complement to any internal training programme offered by individual agencies. 
 


Virtual Training Sessions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Ren's face to train drug and alcohol professionals training is currently being offered as virtual sessions via Microsoft Teams. Ren has designed a suite of virtual training sessions which have been adapted to reflect the current situation. 

All sessions are FREE to professionals working with people using drugs and alcohol in Suffolk:

To book: Go to the Suffolk CPD website, click on the ‘multi-agency’ tab, and then enter the course title or course code into the ‘keyword’ or ‘event code’ boxes.

Virtual Course Details: 

Cannabis - from "skunk" to medicine
Thursday 21st October 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/272
Thursday 3rd March 2022 10am-12pm Course code: MA 22/032

This short webinar session is designed for those working with cannabis users within the voluntary and statutory sectors and other professionals dealing with prescribed or non-prescribed use. 

Drug Use - Emerging Trends & Challenges
Thursday 13th January 2022 10am-12pm Course code: MM 22/028

This short webinar will explore some of the current trends in drug use and drug culture, including some early indications of how COVID-19 has impacted on drug-use. This webinar is suitable for any professional in Suffolk who comes into contact with drug and alcohol users.

Understanding Alcohol - Effects & Treatment
Thursday 25th November 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/274
Thursday 20th January 2022 10am-12pm Course code: MA 22/029

This short webinar is designed for people who work with alcohol users and who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the complex bio-psychosocial aspects of alcohol.

Drug Awareness
Thursday 9th December 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/354
FACE TO FACE Course Thursday 27th January 10am-4pm Course code: MA 22/041 at Anglia Care Trust, 8 The Square, Martlesham, IP5 3SL

This 2 hour webinar is a basic introduction exploring some of the major issues connected to substance misuse and is appropriate for workers from a wide range of agencies, who will or do encounter drug use in the course of their work. The longer face to face course provides a more indepth look into this topic.

Heroin & Methadone
Tuesday 30th November 2021 10am -12pm Course code: MA 21/353
FACE TO FACE Course Thursday 17th February 10am-3pm Course code: MA 22/042 at Anglia Care Trust, 8 The Square, Martlesham, IP5 3SL

This 2 hour webinar is designed for those working in specialist drug and alcohol services within the voluntary and statutory sectors and other professionals dealing directly with heroin and methadone. The longer face to face course provides a more indepth look into this topic.

Motivational Interviewing, A Brief Guide
Tuesday 15th February 2022 10am-12pm Course code: MA 22/031

A brief guide for frontline staff working with adults and young people who wish to work with clients in the process of changing their drug and alcohol using behaviour.

Practical Harm Reduction and Covid-19
Thursday 4th November 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/273
Tuesday 8th February 2022 10am-12pm Course code: MA 22/030

This session will explore the possibilities for reducing drug and alcohol-related harm in relation to Covid-19. It will focus on practical suggestions for those using substances.

New Psychoactive Substances - Emerging Trends and Challenges

Over the last few years, new drugs have come onto the market. These substances have often been initially unregulated and have become known as legal highs. The Government has introduced The Psychoactive Substances Act in an attempt to deal with this new phenomenon. These changes in the market and the law have caused a lot of confusion for young people, parents and professionals. This session aims to examine this area of drug use and understand the implications of new psychoactive substances. 


Multi-agency Training

Booking onto one of our courses offers you and your employees an opportunity to train alongside other professionals who work with substance misuse. We have a set of seven core courses available which are designed to help you understand and address drug and alcohol use confidently and effectively. For more information about the courses please see information below:

See course dates and book online by searching for 'multi-agency training' on the Suffolk CPD website or contact 01473 341763.

For further help and information, please contact Renato Masetti on 07534 902761 or 01473 341763. Email: renato.masetti@nhs.net


Course Information 

Further information about each of the available courses:

Understanding Alcohol - Its effects and treatment

Who is the session for?
This intermediate course is designed for people who work with alcohol users and who would like to gain a deeper understanding of the complex bio-psychosocial aspects of alcohol. A basic knowledge of the subject is a prerequisite for this training.

Session objectives:
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Understand the physical and social effects of alcohol misuse
• Understand government advice regarding alcohol consumption
• Deliver harm reduction messages when appropriate
• Be familiar with the range of treatment options available for alcohol misuse
• Increase their confidence and ability to screen effectively for alcohol related harm


Drug Awareness and Reducing Harm

Who is the session for?
This is a basic introduction exploring some of the major issues connected to substance misuse and is appropriate for workers from a wide range of agencies, who will or do encounter drug use in the course of their work.

Session objectives:
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Name a range of commonly used substances and categorise them according to effect, duration and legal status
• Recognise the importance of attitudes towards users and how they impinge on service provision
• Begin to distinguish between legal and illegal activities regarding drug use • Respond to drug use more confidently
• Describe main approaches to understanding and working with drug using behaviour
• Name the main referral agencies available in the local area


Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Who is the session for?
Frontline staff working with adults and young people who wish to work with clients in the process of changing their drug and alcohol using behaviour.

Session objectives:
By the end of the session participants will have:
• An awareness of the process of change and understand when and how a client may be displaying motivation to change
• Considered the stages, tasks and interventions relating to the cycle of change
• Explored the principles underpinning the technique
• Had an opportunity to practice some key skills


NPS (Psychoactive Substances) - Emerging trends and challenges

Purpose of Training Session: 
Over the last few years, new drugs have come onto the market. These substances have, often, been initially unregulated, and have become known as legal highs. The government has introduced The Psychoactive Substances Act in an attempt to deal with this new phenomenon. These changes in the market and the law have caused a lot of confusion for young people, parents and professionals. This session aims to examine this area of drug use and understand the implications of new psychoactive substances.

Who Is The Course For?
This session is designed for professionals who are curious about “legal highs” and want to understand the implications of their use.

Course Objectives
• Consider the implications of new developments in drug use
• Consider the implications of policy responses to new psychoactive drugs
• Name and categorise a range of research chemicals currently being used
• State the main effects and possible complications arising from the use of research chemicals
• Have had an opportunity to discuss possible treatment and harm reduction interventions and why these substances may be attractive to young people.


Young People, Families and Drug Use

Who is the session for?
This is a introductory course exploring some of the major issues connected to substance misuse, young people and families. It is appropriate for workers from a wide range of agencies, who will or do encounter parental substance misuse or drug use in young people.

Session objectives
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Understand the organisation of treatment for young people in Suffolk
• Be able to effectively screen a young person for substance misuse
• Recognise signs and symptoms of drug use in young people
• Consider harm reduction strategies for young people who use substances
• Describe the main theories of addiction and how these relate to young people and their families 
• Have increased confidence when working with families where there is parental substance misuse


Stimulants and Ketamine

Who is the session for?
Both the purity and use of stimulants such as cocaine has risen sharply in the UK. Alongside this trend, ketamine use has become widespread and common place for certain groups. This is an in-depth exploration of the properties of stimulant drugs and Ketamine and is appropriate for workers from a wide range of agencies, who will or do encounter these substances in the course of their work.

Session objectives:
By the end of the session participants will be able to:
• Identify a variety of stimulants and their properties and distinguish them from ketamine
• Understand cultural aspects of stimulant and ketamine use
• Understand the psychopharmacology of stimulants and ketamine and the health implications of their use
• Respond to stimulant and ketamine use more confidently
• Name the main referral agencies that offer support in the County


Cannabis - from 'Skunk' to medicine

Who is the session for?
The session is designed for those working with cannabis users within the voluntary and statutory sectors and other professionals dealing directly with prescribed or non-prescribed use.

Session objectives:
By the end of the session participants will have increased their knowledge and understanding of the following topics: 
• Non-prescribed use
• Methods of administration
• Current legal status
• The Endocannabinoid system
• Evidence of efficacy for medical use
• Side Effects
• Availability of medicinal cannabis
• Current issues


In-house training available

Do you or your employees need to know more about any aspect of drug or alcohol use? We have a range of courses available in addition to the sessions delivered above. Training can be delivered within your agency and tailored to your needs.

Courses available include in depth training on:

  • Alcohol
  • Heroin
  • Drug education
  • Overdose Prevention
  • Safer Injecting

To arrange in-house training, please contact the trainer, Ren Masetti directly at renato.masetti@nhs.net or call 07534 902761.

*These courses are free to those employed by:

  • Voluntary Services in Suffolk
  • Suffolk Social Care Services
  • Suffolk HM Prison Service
  • Suffolk and Norfolk Probation Service
  • Youth Offending Service
  • Suffolk NHS Trusts
  • Suffolk Local Education Authority
  • Services Commissioned by the NHS
  • Registered Charities
  • GP surgeries

There may be a charge for some agencies who wish to access the in- house training. Please contact Ren directly to discuss.


Meet the trainer

Renato Masetti BA (Hons) PGCE (Dip ED), is currently the Training Co-ordinator for Health Outreach NHS | EPUT co-ordinating and developing training opportunities in the field of substance misuse. He has been training in this field for over twenty years, delivering his own unique and engaging training style to the Suffolk workforce.

Ren is a qualified teacher and has a background teaching both adults and young people in a variety of settings.  He has a certificate in Addictive Behaviour from St Georges Medical School and a Certificate in Relationship Psychotherapy from Thames Valley University. In 2007 Ren was awarded the Tom Waller Harm Reduction award for his outstanding contribution to training in Suffolk.

He has a special interest in New Psychoactive Substances and has presented papers at various conferences across the country on this subject, including The National Safer Injecting Conference in Glasgow and as far afield as Aberdeen, Lincoln, Stratford and Dublin. He has also provided training for national magazine DDN and recently delivered courses in Sheffield for The Salvation Army and the NDTMS in London.

He presented at the second International Conference on New Psychoactive substances in Swansea. He was recently involved in the publication of “Business as Usual?” - a status report on New Psychoactive Substances and Club Drugs in the UK – prepared by Drugscope May 2014.

In his time as a trainer, Ren has worked with a variety of businesses, helping to promote effective drug and alcohol workplace policies. He has worked with nightclubs on Safer Clubbing initiatives and has recently provided training for Norfolk Public Health and Bedford Council. Ren has also recently bid successfully to deliver training to Essex County Council.