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Course information

Upcoming Date: TBC
Upcoming Time: TBC
Length: 1 Day
Cost: £249.00
Equivalent to 6 CPD hours

About the course

substance misuse

This one-day Maudsley Masterclass provides clinicians with an essential update on community management of substance misuse, focusing on the latest treatments and harm reduction strategies, as well as new substances of abuse seen commonly in clinical practice.  

National and local trends for drug and alcohol abuse will be reviewed in order to help participants understand the background of the subject. Assessment and brief intervention techniques will be covered. There will be an emphasis on good practice, covering the basics of evidencebased alcohol and opiate treatment and harm reduction interventions. We will discuss new interventions in this area as well as the importance of peer support networks. 

This course includes approaches to psychological interventions for other drugs such as cannabinoids, cocaine, and MDMA.   People who participate in Chemsex are at risk both from physical toxicity and developing psychiatric complications related to the associated polysubstance use.  These will be reviewed and harm reduction and treatment pathways discussed, with illustrative case examples. 

People with substance use often suffer from multimorbidity both in terms of psychiatric conditions and physical health.  We will update participants on new approaches to screening for physical health conditions in this patient population and some of the issues around assessment of people with co-occurring mental health disorders, particularly in psychiatric crisis.   

Finally we will briefly cover the structure of community drug and alcohol services so that clinicians are aware of which patients can benefit most from these services. 







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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the trends of misuse and dependence for alcohol and common drugs of abuse
  • Discuss the potential risks and benefits of vaping with patients dependent on nicotine
  • Discuss harm reduction and treatment pathways for patients engaging in Chemsex
  • Assess and manage misuse and risks associated with substances including prescription medication, cannabis and synthetic cannabis, and newer drugs of abuse
  • Assess and manage cannabis and synthetic cannabis abuse
  • Assess substance misuse in the context of psychiatric crisis
  • Understand the physical health needs and screening requirements of patients with substance misuse problems
  • Prescribe safely where there are comorbidities

Course Information

Target audience

Consultant – psychiatry, CT1-3 – psychiatry, GP, GPVTS, RGN, RMN, ST4-7 – psychiatry

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