Workforce Learning

This page gives information on a variety of training available in the drugs and alcohol field along with links to useful related documents (see bottom of page):

The link to the following document contains information on training events scheduled on behalf of the Aberdeen City Alcohol & Drugs Partnership.

THE ABERDEEN CITY ADP Workforce Training Prospectus Circular 2017
It is envisaged that further bulletins will be produced to include up to date information on events and opportunities as they arise. Also we will look to include information on a number of online courses and modules and other sources of information that will supplement learning in this area. As this develops over time we will also include more detailed information on learning outcomes and learning pathways linked to substance misuse. If you have any comment or feedback or indeed would like to have something included within the prospectus information, please email direct to:

SDF (Scottish Drugs Forum) Training Brochure 2016/2017 (for group bookings of 8 or more)
Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is delighted to announce the publication of our training brochure for 2016/17.
SDF is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and we deliver a wide range of support, mainly to the drug, alcohol and care sector, one aspect of this being high-quality training.
Our skilled, experienced and enthusiastic training team provide a range of training programmes designed to enhance both individual and team skills and knowledge. We also aim to foster, where appropriate, improved joint and partnership working.
SDF’s training is supported by acclaimed national projects which can provide additional support in integrating new skills and knowledge into services and developing joint and partnership working in the development of improved services:

– The National Quality Development Programme

– Workforce Development Programme

– User Involvement and Peer Research Projects

– Harm Reduction and Emergency Response

– The Scottish National Naloxone Programme

– Sexual and Reproductive Health

– Hepatitis Scotland.

 The arrival of several of the Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA) workforce development team into SDF in July 2015 heralded a significant expansion in SDF’s capacity to deliver learning and development events across Scotland. The knowledge, skills, experience and infrastructure they brought with them complement and consolidate SDF’s capacity to deliver training and workforce development.

CRAFT Works – Developing excellence in family recovery
June/July 2016 –
A chance for course delegates to join the Community of Practice
Each time a substance misuser enters treatment with CRAFT a £44,000 annual saving is made on the public purse – at a time when drug and alcohol services must demonstrate they can offer more for less.
Workers who have attended a Positive Practice CRAFT or ACRA course can, for just £250 a year, join our Community of Practice, giving their office direct access to expert advice from skilled practitioners who help transform peoples’ lives using the globally renowned evidence-based intervention. We offer:

  • Two UK-wide one-hour webinars a year to answer your live questions on using CRAFT with families or embedding it within your service
  • Two hours’ consultation with our CRAFT supervisors, who have delivered your training programme and are family workers themselves, answering your email and telephone queries
  • Up-to-date CRAFT research, plus course and accreditation information direct to your inbox

Using CRAFT skills, family services tell us they:

  • Meet their aims and objectives with greater focus, quality and efficiency
  • Cut intervention time with families and deliver better outcomes for them
  • Have better motivated workers using a structured approach to helping families

CRAFT Works Booking Form

Momentum Skills
Momentum Skills (Aberdeen) provide two Pathways Vocational Rehabilitation programmes for adults 16+, providing support to manage the effects of their condition/s,

  • Pathways Acquired Brain injury – for those with a diagnosis of acquired brain injury residing in Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire
    The programme is made up of 2 modules, 1 being the Assessment module which runs for 12 weeks and the other the employability module which can run from 12 weeks to 2 years depending on individual progress.
  • Pathways Mental Health – for those with a mild to moderate mental health issue residing in Aberdeen City only.
    The programme is made up of 2 modules, 1 being the Assessment module which runs for 12 weeks and the employability module which can run from 12 weeks to 2 years depending on individual progress.

Clients can join either of the above programmes at any time as we operate a rolling intake system. In both programmes clients set themselves goals in order to measure their progress with the ultimate aim of a vocational goal i.e. part-time / full time paid employment , voluntary placement. further education or training. The programmes are both three days per week.

REFERRAL – Clients will require a professional referral form filled in before they can join the programme but can self refer.

We also deliver a Personal Development Programme
This is open to adults aged 16 and over who want to gain confidence, self-esteem, employability skills, health and wellbeing. It is open to those residing in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

It is a 13 week programme and clients are invited to join at any time.

Please contact Momentum Skills on  01224 625580 for start dates.

Clients are expected to participate in outdoor activities as well as classroom based sessions. All participants have the opportunity to gain recognised qualifications SQA / City & Guilds Portfolio of Excellence.

REFERRAL – Clients will require a professional referral form filled in before they can join the programme but can self refer.

For those who have long term health issues and or disabilities our Fair Start Scotland may be able to help you on the road to employability.  Please contact Momentum – Fair Start Scotland 01224 625580 for more details. Ask for Martin Donovan or Deborah Omond.

We also run a Social Group (Thursdays 1 – 3pm) in Ruby House for past and present clients. If you are not sure about joining any of our programmes come along to the Social Group and have a chat with some of clients , they are happy to tell you all about their journey on Pathways.

We also have a Peer Support Group for adults with an Acquired Brain Injury. They meet every Thursday 1- 3pm in Ruby House. It is a self management support group made up of those who have a brain injury. It is a chance to come and meet up with people who have had similar experience and talk about how they managed the effects of their condition.

TO REFER or for FURTHER INFORMATION please contact any of the following or telephone 01224 625580 :-

Momentum Employability Fund

We have an Employability Fund Programme aimed at young adults who need support to gain employment. This programme has an emphasis on overcoming barriers to employment and clients will complete Personal Development Award (SCQF levels 3 and 4). Clients will be supported to find a placement or work taster at level three wheras level four has a minimum requirement of 100 hours in a work placement. Referals are made through Skills Development Scotland or JCP. For any questions contact or call 01224 625580 and ask for Effy.

SMMGP Training Courses
Community Management of Alcohol Use Disorders
This e-learning module is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about management of alcohol use disorders, including how the commissioning process works. It will be of particular interest to GPs, nurses and pharmacists and other primary care practitioners. This e-learning module is an introduction to the Advanced Certificate in Community Management of Alcohol Use Disorders which aims to provide advanced learning for generalist and specialist primary care practitioners who work with people who have developed problems with alcohol.

Advanced Certificate in the Community Management of Alcohol Use Disorders
An advanced course on the management of alcohol use disorders in primary care. This course is designed for practitioners such as those who wish to advance their skills to “Practitioner with Special Interest” level. We are now taking applications for the second intake of participants to start by July 2015.  If you wish to register, please contact us without delay at or access the course here

Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA)
Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol (STRADA) is the leading national workforce development organisation supporting those working with and affected by drug and alcohol misuse.
Below are some courses STRADA are currently running:

Motivational Interviewing with Drug and Alcohol Use
This University of Glasgow accredited course is being offered both as part of the Postgraduate Programme in Drug and Alcohol Studies and as a stand alone Continuous Professional Development course. The course is designed to enable participants to examine critically the theory and practice of Motivational Interviewing. It will present the opportunity to enhance existing knowledge and skills as well as provide a comprehensive introduction to those with little or no experience of Motivational Interviewing.

Impact of Drug and Alcohol Problems on Children and Families
This University of Glasgow accredited course is being offered both as part of the Postgraduate Programme in Drug and Alcohol Studies and as a stand alone Continuous Professional Development course. The course aims are to:
–   provide participants with critical analysis of the impact of problem drug and alcohol use on child and family functioning
–   Explore the policy and legislation implications of problem drug and alcohol use for children and families
–   Consider the key issues in best practice when analysing interventions for children and families affected by drug and alcohol problems
It will enhance existing knowledge and skill for both specialist staff in the drug and alcohol fields and those in universal services. It will provide an opportunity for the development of theory and practice, to support the policy agenda of ‘Getting Our Priorities Right’ and ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.

Scottish Women’s Aid
Our full programme for Sept 16 – March 17 will be is available shortly on our website. To book, please visit the Training and Events section or,  for further information, call 0131 226 6606.

Recovery Coach Training

A Recovery Coach can help people to explore any aspect of their lives, and is especially interested in areas of life which contribute towards a happy, fulfilled and sustained recovery.

Penumbra Self Harm Project
The Aberdeen Self Harm Project was opened in 2004 to provide a non-judgemental, young people friendly and user led support service to young people who self-harm in Aberdeen City. We also explore the needs of family, carers and professionals in contact with young people who self harm.
The Project supports 16-25 years olds with a range of services including one to one and group support, as well as working throughout Aberdeen to raise awareness of self harm issues.
If you would like to get involved in the Project, we accept self referrals and referrals from agencies and family members.
For more information about Penumbra’s self harm services in Scotland see Self Harm Projects.

Café Academy
Café Coast, Beach Boulevard
Café Academy offers work-focussed training within the customer service and hospitality industries for unemployed individuals who have a support need. The 11 week course is delivered through a series of workshops, accredited training sessions, food focussed outings, and placements in Café Coast and with other local employers. Both Inspire and North East Scotland College are responsible for the training.
Café Academy is the only course of its kind in Aberdeen which combines theory, practical experience and real life work experience, and aims to break down the barriers that are faced by many people who have a learning disability, mental health problem or physical disability.

Positive Transitions
Positive Transition participants take part in weekly employability sessions where they work on CV writing, interview, presentation and job search skills. Throughout the course issues such as attendance & timekeeping, confidence, communication skills, personal presentation and appropriate language and behaviour are monitored and addressed. The aim is to have young people “job ready” so that they can sustain employment within the labour market following completion of the course.
SHMU is an accredited SQA centre and have been delivering the Employability Award since October 2012.
We deliver the award at both SCQF level 3 and 4. Each trainee works at his or her own pace and ability.  Each participant is supported to achieve the highest level of success based on each individual’s capacity and talents.
For more information on Positive Transitions contact:
Michelle Trail – Employability Development Worker
phone: 01224 515 013


Good Practice Guide – Carers and Confidentiality – We aim to ensure that care, treatment and support are lawful and respect the rights and promote the welfare of individuals with mental illness, learning disability and related conditions. We do this by empowering individuals and their carers and influencing and challenging service providers and policy makers.

Children in Scotland – is the national agency for voluntary, statutory and professional organisations and individuals working with children and their families in Scotland.

E-learning – Parental substance misuse – This e-learning resource is targeted at children’s social care workers to help them work more confidently with families where parents are misusing drugs. These resources might also be useful for primary care services staff (GPs, Health Visitors, Midwives), Children’s Centre staff and students.

The Clinical Effectiveness and Reference Group for Addictions (CERGA) are working to help busy practitioners, in all sectors of substance misuse work, to easily access the best most up to date evidence to inform their practice. The Literature Search at this link is a reference document which lists references and abstracts of papers published in the previous quarter. All the work produced or evaluated by CERGA can be found at