Screening & Assessment Skills

This course will assist practitioners to work more effectively with those for whom drugs/alcohol is an issue. The training will build participants confidence and skills in screening and assessing individual need and in delivering appropriate the brief interventions.

What the course covers

  • How to define screening and assessment in the context of substance misuse
  • To recognise and distinguish between experimental, recreational and problematic substance use
  • To consider the range of screening and assessment methods currently used
  • To practise and assess screening and assessment skills, using at least two different methods
  • Identify how barriers to disclosing and discussing substance misuse can be overcome, using a motivational skills approach
  • To gain a practical overview of proven methods to enable clients to engage with treatment services and maintain harm reducing changes
  • To gain an overview of local and national drug and alcohol service provision and a practical understanding of treatment interventions

Who is it aimed at?

This course is for those who have confident drug and alcohol awareness and wish to extend their skills and knowledge to engage successfully with clients around substance use


AA1 Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
HSC3111 Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
AB2 Support individuals who are substance users.
HSC33 Develop your own knowledge and practice.
AD1 Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects.
AB5 Assess and act upon immediate risk of danger to substance users
AG1 Develop, implement and review care plans for individuals
AG2 Contribute to care planning and review
HSC233 Relate to, and interact with, individuals.