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Core Psychological Interventions for Alcohol and Substance Misuse

The Psychological Interventions Team within NES has continued to work towards increasing the accessibility of psychological interventions and therapies for those experiencing problems with substance misuse.  The programme has provided skills-based training opportunities for a range of staff in Motivational Interviewing and Core Behavioural & CBT Skills in Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management, with staff also able to access training resources for working with trauma, dementia, and chronic health concerns.

Motivational Interviewing (MI). 

The MI training offered by NES aims to provide staff with the opportunity to develop their practice after their initial introductory training.   The research is clear that for practitioners to become MI skilled, we need to consider training pathways for Motivational Interviewing where practitioners are able to access training that introduces staff to the basic principles and knowledge of MI, and then progress to training and coaching which emphasises the practice of skills with feedback from skilled MI practitioners.   

Over the past five years, the Psychological Interventions Team has focused on developing and supporting the National MI Coach Group and local MI coaching forums in order to provide practitioners the opportunity to practice their skills and receive feedback from skilled MI coaches.  For information on Motivational Interviewing training events, please refer to the Psychological Intervention Team training programme [insert link to training programme]

Core Behavioural & CBT Skills in Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management

This blended programme of training provides an overview of the core skills important in relapse prevention and recovery management.  A skills-based competency framework covering motivational enhancement, relapse prevention and recovery management has been developed, with learning experiences provided in e-learning, face to face training and coaching opportunities.  Reflective practice and supervision tools facilitate the use of the training materials in practice. For information on Core Behavioural & CBT Skills in Relapse Prevention and Recovery Management training events, please refer to the Psychological Intervention Team training programme [insert link to training programme]