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Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day

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Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day


Working with Substance Use - an Introductory Day
Therapists can feel deskilled when confronted with clients who have problems with substance use, even to the point where the therapist refers the client on to a ‘Substance Misuse Specialist’. This introductory day explores ways of working with clients with substance misuse from initial assessment to working with motivation and ambivalence.

We will examine the psychosocial model of substance misuse and look at the relational aspect of it. Once someone is ready to either reduce or abstain from their substance of choice we will explore specific interventions to support them to change and to maintain this. We will also explore the notion of lapse and relapse and examine ways of managing this.
Finally we will examine our own relationship with a substance of choice, how this originated and how this might impact on the work with clients.

Facilitator - Adrian Hemmings
Adrian is a chartered psychologist and registered with the HCPC as a counselling psychologist. He is a senior practitioner on the British Psychological Society (BPS) Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. He is also on the BPS register for Expert Witnesses and Chair of the BPS Psychotherapy Section.

Adrian has worked in the NHS as a psychologist and psychotherapist in a local PCT where he was Professional Head of Psychology. In his private practice he works short and long term and integrates Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Solution Oriented therapy. Adrian also runs training courses in a variety of subjects and offers clinical and academic/research supervision. He is currently a consultant to the Centre for Psychological Therapies in Primary Care at the University of Chester.

This is a one day workshop starting at 10am and finishing at 4pm. This equates to 5 hours of CPD.



Map CCT, Unit 32, Roper Close, Roper Rd, Canterbury CT2 7EP, Canterbury, United Kingdom
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