Key Groups Training - Unpredictable Environments: Understanding & Responding to New Psychoactive Substances
The training packages are being funded to be delivered across the country from August 2019 until March 2020. They are designed to ensure frontline staff working in local authorities and the voluntary sector have the skills they need to work with key groups of individuals who are experiencing homelessness and rough sleeping.
These new training packages will include:
- Training to identify and support victims of modern slavery to be provided by Hestia and victims of domestic abuse, to be provided by Shelter (in partnership with Homeless Link).
- Training for frontline staff about the particular issues faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and how to most effectively support them. To be provided by Stonewall Housing.
- Provided by Homeless Link (in partnership with Shelter), training for frontline staff on how to deal with unpredictable environments, for instance dealing with clients under the influence of New Psychoactive Substances such as Spice.
- And training for frontline staff on how to support non-UK nationals, including ensuring they have access to the full range of support they are entitled to. To be provided by Shelter (in partnership with Homeless Link).
Training: Unpredictable Environments: Understanding & Responding to New Psychoactive Substances
This course is aimed at professionals who work with individuals who are experiencing homelessness and/or are rough sleeping and are using or are at risk of using New Psychoactive Substances (Spice, fentanyl and illicit/online medication). The aim will be to actively engage and respond to an increasingly complex issue facing the most vulnerable people in our society. The course will explore the risks, dangers and consequences of vulnerable adults using NPS. In particular, the shift in use that has led to an increasingly saturated new drug market where more powerful substances are being embraced by vulnerable adults. NPS use has led to an increase in complex presentations such as poly-drug use with existing substances (e.g. heroin), mental health issues, chaotic behaviour whilst under the influence and physical health issues. The course will also explore the particular issues related to the housing/homeless sectors such as using on the streets/in tents, in hostels and working with drug services (including detoxification options and community/residential rehabilitation) to ensure long term and effective recovery.
Who is this course for?
- Frontline workers from the homelessness and supported housing sectors, e.g. housing options, outreach, housing support and day centre staff
- Operational managers from the homelessness and supported housing sectors who wish to increase their knowledge to help support their staff and help inform strategic thinking.
What will you learn?
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Understand the history and impact of NPS on those experiencing homelessness and/or rough sleeping
- Be able to understand and effectively respond to Spice, Fentanyl and online medication issues
- Be able to effectively respond using a multi-agency approach.
- Be able to effectively respond to the specific needs of people experiencing homelessness who are using on the streets/in tents and in hostels
- Be able to work with drug services in your local area.
This course will explore:
- Understand what (NPS) are
- Understand the background and history of NPS and the shifts in drug use and policy in the 21st century, including the 2016 Psychoactive Substance Act
- Explore how NPS can be grouped to simplify your understanding of the drugs and reduce the number of drugs you need to remember
- Explore how SPICE has become the predominant new psychoactive substance issue in our society
- Explore other emerging NPS trends: Fentanyl and illicit/online medication
- Understand how to effectively respond to NPS by engaging with users, screening and assessing individuals and exploring how homelessness and supported housing services can ‘future proof’ their knowledge in line with the 2017 Orange Guidelines
- Understand the particular issues that relate to the housing/homelessness sectors such as people using on the streets/in tents and in hostels
- Understand how to work with drug services to get the support the people you work with need
- Develop and explore effective ways to apply a multi-agency approach to service provision to effectively tackle NPS use.
This is a one-day course
How to book
Click on a date below to make your booking, please note that only one person from each organisation can attend the training for training sessions being delivered in September and onwards. Mulitple bookings can be made for the two August sessions. If you have any questions about the training programme please email Laura Millward, Training Manager at: email@example.com
North East Region
Middlesbrough - 2nd December 2019
Newcastle - February - Date TBC
South East Region
Oxford - 15th October 2019
Brighton - 1 of 2 sessions - 11th November 2019
Brighton - 2 of 2 sessions - 5th March 2020
Kent - 28th January 2020
Southampton - 22nd January 2020
Reading - 7th February 2019
For more information about Shelter's courses please visit: Shelter - Domestic abuse and Non-UK Nationals or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Hestia's course please visit: Modern Slavery Awareness
For more information about Stonewall Housing's course please visit: LGBTQ+ and homelessness
Homeless Link and Shelter working in partnership
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