Last chance for free July places on Swanswell’s alcohol training in Barnsley

04 July 2013

Swanswell’s reminding Barnsley services about a free training course running this month that’ll help them identify people who might be affected by alcohol misuse.

There are around 11,840 people in Barnsley who are drinking at high-risk levels, so the national recovery charity is offering courses to help identify and support people who may be causing themselves harm because of their alcohol use.

Funded by Barnsley Drug and Alcohol Action Team, Swanswell’s Alcohol and Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) training will next run on Wednesday 17 July 2013 at the Core, County Way, Barnsley. Places are limited and are filling fast. 

The course is open to organisations in the Barnsley Metropolitan Council area and is ideal for GP practices, pharmacists, hospitals, adult social services and those working in children and young persons’ services.

It’ll also be suitable for voluntary agencies, housing associations and anyone else in a public-facing role.

Delegates will learn how to provide brief interventions and advice around alcohol misuse, as well as how to refer people on to specialist services for further support if necessary.

It’ll also help them recognise and understand the psychological, physical and social effects of alcohol, calculate alcohol units, confidently use different screening tools and learn more about Motivational Interviewing.

Training can also be delivered in-house, subject to minimum booking requirements, terms and conditions.

Annie Steele, Swanswell’s Regional Development Manager in Barnsley, said: ‘Alcohol misuse puts thousands of people at risk of harm every year, many may not even realise, so it’s vital that people can spot the signs early on.

Public facing organisations such as GP surgeries, dentists and hospitals are ideal settings to be able to offer brief interventions and advice to people who have visited for another reason and may not have even realised that alcohol could be a factor.

The free training will give organisations the tools to ask the right questions and give appropriate advice without their client having to go elsewhere, unless specialist support is needed.

Ultimately it’ll help identify those at risk sooner, so they have less chance of becoming a dependent drinker or causing more harm to their health.’          

To book your place on the open IBA training course on 17 July 2013 or to enquire about in-house courses and other training, contact barnsleyiba@swanswell.org or call Jon Groves on 01788 559 407.

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