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Working with Concerned Others

Families have long been neglected within drug and alcohol services.  However, they play a critical role in facilitating treatment entry for over 70 per cent of clients who enter into services.  This course looks at how the interplay between substance misuse and family hardship often drive and sustain motivation for change. It examines the divergent pressures families experience in response to the loved ones use and how this can lead to unhelpful coping styles. Instead, the course sees families as a critical aid to change and teaches families key skills in how they can increase motivation for change whilst improving their relationship with their loved one.  The programme also offers key interventions for family's to reduce their stress and increase their quality of life. 


Who is This Course For?


This course will be helpful to those who work with families and young people.  Substance misuse services who also support family interventions will also find it helpful as well as dedicated family services. 

Also Available to be Delivered Online?


Yes, Zoom based integration


Course Length


1 or 2 days (9.30-4.30)

Max Number of Attendees 



Resources Required

Flipchart stand & paper

Any seating arrangment


Method of Delivery

The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning.  The training pack can be adapted as a treatment manual for concerned others.


Aims and Objectives:


The central aim of the training is to give practitioners the confidence and skills to provide structured or ad hoc interventions to families affecting by a loved ones drug or alcohol use.


Participants get opportunities to:

  • Describe how alcohol and substance use creates divergent pressures on family members

  • Identify the key factors that motivate change within families

  • Offers a structure intervention to assist concerned others to facilitate change in their loved one

  • Provides a range of interventions to reduce the concerned other’s own stresses and improve their quality of life. 


"It was all useful and entertaining-no negatives.  Another brilliant day's training-thank you so much."

CEO Family-Based Substance Misuse Service

"I found it extremely useful"

Carers Recovery Worker

"Excellent thank you, very easy to access and informative."

Youth Counselor

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