Drugs and Alcohol in Relation to Mental Health 2: Working with People who use Substances

This full day course will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm and runs regularly throughout the year. 

Please see Eventbrite for dates. 

Target Audience: Staff, volunteers and others who work with individuals who use drugs or alcohol. 

Aim: To equip participants with knowledge and explore approaches to working with people who use

substances, in order to promote wellbeing. 


  • To explore the spectrum from recreational substance use to addiction
  • To gain an understanding of the ways in which people achieve change in their lives
  • To gain skills to promote recovery, harm reduction and wellbeing in those who use substances
  • To recognise the importance of our own wellbeing as practitioners
  • To explore the challenges and fears of working with this client group
  • To increase confidence in working with people who use substances 

Trainer Information: 

Joe Pamphilon has worked in the addictions field for the past 10 years. He is trained Mental Health Nurse and has spent the last 5 years setting up and running Health in Mind’s CLEAR project – a substance misuse and mental health peer support project in Midlothian. 

Sue Phillips is a volunteer for the CLEAR project and offers 1:1 support to clients with substance misuse and mental health issues.




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September 2017


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Tuesday 5 September-half day                        

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Thursday 7 September - half day

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