The workshop will introduce counsellors and practitioners to brief interventions which have been shown to be effective in helping clients in addressing problems with substance misuse.

    Course Trainer - Linda Thompson-Shaw
    Linda has worked in the substance misuse therapeutic field since 1997 and was formerly the Clinical Manager and a Clinical Supervisor at Portsmouth Counselling Service where she was responsible for the clinical practice and CPD training for up to fifty counsellor and supervisors working in main stream, substance misuse and cross cultural counselling. In her career she has worked as a therapist and group facilitator in substance misuse agencies, detoxification services, needle exchange services and residential rehabilitation centres in New Zealand and the UK. This includes working as a therapist at Clouds House in Wiltshire and as a Counsellor at Southampton Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service where she was responsible for recruitment, training and clinical supervision of a team of volunteer counsellors and volunteers. Linda is currently in Private Practise as a Psychotherapist/Clinical Supervisor/Trainer.


    The training will explore attitudes and stereotypes that effect service users and significant others in their life including therapists and substance misuse practitioners.
    You will be introduced to solution focused, brief intervention, harm reduction, twelve step and motivational interviewing models and how to implement these interventions in your work.
    The training will include facts and effects on alcohol and other drugs, including the progression of dependence and withdrawal. You will also be introduced to the Neurobiology of Attachment, Anxiety and Addiction using models of treatment by Gabor Maté and Jeffrey Schwartz.

    Dates and Tickets

    The course runs on Saturday 8th June from 10am to 4pm at Central Hall, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NF. There is limited parking at Central Hall, but parking is available on the surrounding roads or the nearby College Street carpark.

    Super Early Bird tickets are available until 20th May (£30), Early Bird are then available until 20th May (£37) after which they will be £45. Please note that tickets are limited.

    Tickets are available from >> https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-substance-misuse-brief-interventions-tickets-58850777259


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