New Psychoactive Substances (NPS)

Improve your understanding of the New Psychoactive Substances known as Spice or their technical term of Synthetic Cannabinoid Receptor Agonists.

This course is aimed at professionals who work with vulnerable people who use or are at risk of using 'Spice' chaotically. The course will enable staff to be aware of this trend through an existing knowledge transfer and awareness of how trends like 'Spice' take hold. The course will also explore the risks, dangers and consequences of using 'Spice' and will provide staff with practical tools to screen and support service users.

Who is this course for?

  • Frontline staff with a basic understanding of substance misuse issues
  • Frontline staff who are seeing a rise in new drug trends such as 'Spice' within their service user communities
  • Frontline staff who want to learn practical ways to handle 'Spice' issues in their services and communities

What will you learn?

On completion of this course you will:

  • Know the history of how 'Spice' has become the predominant new psychoactive substance issue in our society
  • Be able to understand the drug families and where 'Spice' fits in
  • Have an in-depth understanding of what 'Spice' is, how it is used, user expectations and the risks, dangers and consequences of use
  • Have effective skills to screen, support and deliver psycho-social interventions around 'Spice' issues
  • Have awareness of the continuing changing substance misuse fields and how to be aware of emerging drug trends such as 'Spice' and how to respond to this using a multi-agency approach

Delegates will be provided with a handbook of resources and materials


One-day course

Costs (in-house training)

This course can be booked in-house for a team of up to 16
Members: £799
Associate members: £920
Non members: £1,150

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James Cuming

Training manager

James our training manager develops and manages Homeless Link's in-house training programme.

Telephone: 020 7840 4450
Twitter: @TrainingHL