An Introduction to Working with Families, Drugs and Alcohol


This training is for any practitioner that works with adult family members affected by drug and/or alcohol misuse. The day will familiarise participants with the impacts of substance use within families, and will provide practitioners with a range of brief intervention techniques to be used within families.

    By the end of the training participants will be able to:

    • Recognise the potential impact of substance use on families.

    • Identify behaviours associated with someone who cares for a substance user.

    • Identify the work they undertake with family members and the types of interventions they currently use.

    • Identify the best ways families can support each other at various stages of the ‘Cycle of Change’.

    • Consider the effectiveness of brief interventions models and their use with family members.

    • Use the Blue Light model to support a family member of someone affected by problematic drug or alcohol use.

    • Consider how to utilise the techniques they have learned in their practice with families.