Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.


Working with Substance Misuse in a Homeless Setting MASTER

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  • Last Update May 6, 2021


Provides those working in hostel settings or with clients experiencing homelessness with a detailed examination of the issues surrounding substance use for their clients, effects on health, harm reduction and appropriate signposting/supports.

What Will I Learn?

  • Have an understanding of the impact of substance misuse on homelessness
  • Understand the basic principles of Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how they can be used within the homeless settings
  • Know about the drugs of misuse and the specific risks to users
  • Understand the nature and risks of poly drug use
  • Understand a range of harm reduction practices
  • Understand the importance of nutrition in reducing substance misuse related harm
  • Understand the risks and personal safety issues for staff related to working with drug and alcohol users, and the importance of relevant protocols
  • Know about blood born infections and the risks they hold
  • Understand the risks of alcohol withdrawal and how to respond to such events
  • Know how to signpost and refer individuals to other services
  • Be ¬†able ¬†to ¬†provide ¬†support ¬†and ¬†deliver ¬†brief ¬†interventions ¬†to ¬†the ¬†homeless population who are using substances

About the instructor

4.58 (437 ratings)

125 Courses

2644 students



  • This is a virtual course delivered over zoom and the link is provided in the ‚Äėdescription‚Äô section.
  • You will be sent a reminder with joining instructions prior to the course.
  • Once you have attended the course you will need to return to this page and select 'complete course' to fill in a short course evaluation form, which will release your certificate of completion.
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