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
This is a virtual course delivered over zoom and the link is provided in the ‘description’ section.
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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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