Maudsley masterclass

Essentials of community management of substance misuse

Community services

Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £199.00

About the course

Community Management of Substance Misuse course

This course will cover the essentials of assessment and treatment of illicit drugs and alcohol in the community. We will start by looking at the national and local data on substance misuse to help participants understand the problem.

The course will cover the basics of evidence-based alcohol and opiate treatment with an emphasis on good practice. We will provide an introduction to psychological interventions for other drugs such as cocaine and MDMA.

Harm reduction interventions are crucial in the management of opiate users and we will discuss new interventions in this area as well as the importance of peer support networks.

Finally, we will briefly describe the structure of community drug and alcohol services and the interventions they offer so that learners will be able to make appropriate referrals for their patients.


The course will cover the following topics:

  • Epidemiology and patterns of use.
  • Assessment of the drug and alcohol user.
  • Evidence and indications for brief interventions (BI).
  • How to deliver a BI using FRAMES methodology.
  • When and how to detox from alcohol – NICE guidelines.
  • Principles and practice of opiate substitution – NICE and clinical guidelines.
  • Where to start with non-opiates.
  • Drug-related deaths and prevention in opiate users, and how to prevent overdose.
  • Principles of harm reduction. Provision of take-home naloxone.
  • How community services are structured and provided.
  • Alcoholics anonymous and other types of peer support
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Learning Objectives

What you will learn from taking this course:

  • Understanding prevalence of substance use in community populations
  • Principles of screening for and delivering a brief intervention for alcohol
  • Principles of safe detoxification
  • Principles of opiate substitution
  • Management of risk including prevention of drug related deaths in opiate users

Course Information

Target audience

Assistant psychologist, Clinical psychologist, Consultant – non-psychiatry any, Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – non-psychiatry any, CT1-3 – psychiatry, Doctors, FY1, FY2, GP, GPVTS, Health visitor, Other, RMN, Social worker, ST4-7 – non-psychiatry any, ST4-7 – psychiatry

Lunch options

Lunch & Refreshments Provided

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