Drug and Alcohol Training for Professionals

COVID-19 UPDATE: Most face to face training is currently suspended and Ren is providing virtual training sessions via Microsoft Teams. Ren is still delivering single-agency face to face training by request - please contact directly to discuss: renato.masetti@nhs.net. See below for further information and details about how to book

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. 

COVID-19: Virtual Training Sessions

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, Ren's face to train drug and alcohol professionals training is currently suspended until further notice. However, 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
Tuesday 25th May 2021  10-11am Course code: MA 21/190
Thursday 25th October 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/272

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
Tuesday 14th September 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/269

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
Monday 14th June 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/192
Thursday 25th October 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/274

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 September 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/268

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.

Heroin & Methadone
Tuesday 21st September 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/270

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.

Motivational Interviewing, A Brief Guide
Thursday 7th October 2021 10am-12pm Course code: MA 21/271

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 27th of May 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/191
Thursday 4th November 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/273

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
Thursday 8th July 2021 10-11am Course code: MA 21/267

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 click on the relevant course link 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

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.