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Blue Light training programme - working with high impact drinkers

Introduction

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 training is only available for those working across Surrey county

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

Surrey County Council High Impact Complex Drinker Service

The Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) for Surrey recently joined forces with Surrey County Council’s Public Health Team to co-commission Catalyst and Alcohol Concern to deliver two year evaluation for a service for High Impact Complex Drinkers.

CHI was launched on the 1st April 2017. The Catalyst High Impact (CHI) team uses assertive outreach techniques, guided by the Alcohol Concerns ‘Blue Light Manual’. This is delivered in addition to these training sessions which support the wider system to work with individuals who might be experiencing alcohol dependency, multiple needs and chaotic lifestyles. This work aims to reduce the impact on the Health and Social Care system, helps combat alcohol-related crimes and anti-social behaviour and improves personal and community safety and wellbeing. The long term of the work aim is to offer support to service users, build positive relationships with the police, local housing services and social care and reduce the stigma experienced by those with multiple needs.

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.

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