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Alcohol Concern training - Blue Light Working with High Impact Drinkers

Alcohol Concern

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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Alcohol Concern recently merged with Alcohol Research UK to create a major independent national charity, working to reduce the harms caused by alcohol. We offer a wide range of training for those whose work brings them into contact with people drinking at potentially harmful levels.



Blue Light training programme - working with high impact drinkers



At any one time the majority of people who are drinking problematically are not engaged in services, and of those who do engage approximately 40% will quickly drop out. Research suggests that those who drop out are likely to be the more risky or vulnerable individuals. This course will help participants to work more effectively with change-resistant drinkers.


Who should sign up?

This course is a vital contribution to the continuing professional development of people who work in alcohol services or who work in non-alcohol specialist settings but who encounter people with alcohol problems in the course of their work, whether this is in health, social care, housing and homelessness services or the criminal justice system.


What will it cover?

  • Understanding treatment-resistant clients and the Blue Light approach
  • Advanced understanding of the physical and psychological impact of alcohol
  • Understanding barriers to change
  • Risk assessment
  • Harm reduction approaches
  • Legal Powers
  • Developing an engagement plan for an individual client

What will I learn?

  • By the end of the training course, you will be able to:
  • Identify change-resistant clients who need targeted intervention
  • Understand the rationale for attempting to intervene with this client group
  • Understand in greater detail the physical and psychological effects of alcohol
  • Use the ‘assessing barriers to change’ framework
  • Understand the range of techniques available for use with this group including risk management, nutrition and harm reduction approaches
  • Use the 12 questions tool
  • Understand the legal powers available to manage this client group including the new anti-social framework
  • Formulate a realistic intervention plan for a treatment-resistant drinker


Trainer: Mike Ward

Mike Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Concern. He has worked in the substance misuse/ mental health field for over thirty years. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services, where he also acted as DAAT Coordinator and community safety lead. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and has recently written guidance on minimum standards for alcohol Intervention and Brief Advice (IBA). 


Together with Mark Holmes, Mike developed the Blue Light Project, Alcohol Concern’s ground-breaking initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment-resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services., The project shows that there are positive strategies that can be used with this client group.



How much does the training cost?

Training costs £80 plus VAT.


How long is the course?

Each course is one full day. Training will start at 10am each day and end at approximately 4.30pm.


What are my transport or parking options for getting to and from the event?

Alcohol Research UK is located approximately 15 minutes’ walk from King's Cross St. Pancras Underground and Rail Station. There is no parking at our venue.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us:

Call us: 02039078480


What's the refund policy?

All cancellations should be made in writing via email to If you give us more than 14 days’ notice, we will not charge you, and we will refund any fees you have already paid.


If you give us between 7 and 14 days’ notice, we will charge you half the course fee. If you give us less than 7 days’ notice, we will charge you the full fee.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please email if you would like to transfer your registration to another person. 


Do you have questions about Alcohol Concern training - Blue Light Working with High Impact Drinkers? Contact Alcohol Concern

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Alcohol Concern / Alcohol Research UK
27 Swinton Street
WC1X 9NW London
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 8 May 2018 from 10:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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