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Code: BH/21/1700 Back on Track – Starting Conversations with Parents about their alcohol use

There are a higher number of parents who are dependent on alcohol in Brighton and Hove than the national average. We know that for many parents it may take lots of conversations with different people for them to recognise they are drinking to a concerning level and to think about getting help. This course is aimed at any frontline staff who might be working with families, who may have an opportunity to speak to them about their alcohol use. It will focus on the skills that staff who may not have had experience or knowledge of alcohol and substance misuse can use if they have concerns about a family they are working with, and where they can signpost and refer parents and families to in Brighton and Hove. There will also be opportunity to discuss past or current situations where you might have had concerns about a parents alcohol use. Course is led by Oasis Project Senior Therapist.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 07 October 2021 13:00 - 14:30 Microsoft Teams Map

Code: BH/21/1032 Advanced Behaviour Change (4 x Half-Day Course)


A four half-day practice focused self-reflective course providing the learner with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, skills and confidence to engage in brief interventions to facilitate behaviour change with people whatever their readiness to change.

Inbetween the sessions three and four, participants will be asked to record a short ‘behaviour change’ (via a voice recording app or zoom/Teams) intervention to then share in an appropriate format  with the aim to gain constructive feedback to affirm and enhance practice so there is an emphasis on analysis of practice.

Participants will develop skills in motivational interviewing, specifically differentiating change talk from commitment language, and learning how to elicit and shape the two to strengthen the outcome of interventions.

By the end of the course participants will have enhanced a toolkit of strategies they can apply when working with individuals to facilitate behaviour change over a short or longer term basis, including more complex cases and in dealing with resistance.

Designed for practitioners who understand the fundamental elements of facilitating behaviour change and have practiced it over time and now seek more advanced training in it. We would encourage participants who have at least 2 years’ experience of working one-to-one with individuals to facilitate change to attend.

The course aims to build on the learning from the RSPH Supporting Behaviour Change course which we would recommend should have been attended prior to this course.  We will work to enhance our skills to facilitate behaviour change relating to health and wellbeing e.g. in the community and voluntary sector; social care, in community pharmacies, in sport and leisure, in mental health, in the community and voluntary sector; those working in education, youth work, criminal justice and the housing sector.

On requesting a place you will be sent a Behaviour Change questionnaire which you should fill in and return to the trainer before the course start date.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 06 September 2021 10:00 - 13:00 Zoom Map
2 13 September 2021 10:00 - 13:00 Zoom Map
3 17 September 2021 10:00 - 13:00 Zoom Map
4 11 October 2021 10:00 - 13:00 Zoom Map

Code: BH/21/1625 BHSCP - The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse

Some of the serious effects of parental substance misuse for children include abuse, neglect, emotional problems, educational difficulties, being young carers of parents or siblings, and a potential to later use drugs or alcohol themselves.

This course is included within the training programme as it clearly highlights these issues facing children and young people who live within the households where substance misuse is an issue. You will learn about what agency services are available to support the whole family, thus reducing or removing the potential risk/s of abuse.

This training is provided by Brighton & Hove Safeguarding Children Partnership (BHSCP) in partnership with an external trainer.

The session will be split into two sessions using microsoft teams.

Part 1 runs for 09.30 x 13.00 (with short break)
Part 2 - runs from 13.30 x 17.00 ( with short break)

You need to attend both parts to complete the course.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 25 January 2022 09:30 - 17:00 Microsoft Teams Map

Code: BH/20/1559 Make Every Contact Count (MECC) - free e-learning modules (DO NOT REQUEST A PLACE - SEE LINKS IN FULL DETAILS)

About the Making Every Contact Count programme 

Aims and ambitions
Make Every Contact Count (MECC) enables the delivery of consistent and concise health and wellbeing information and encourages individuals to engage in conversations about their health at scale across organisations and populations.

The fundamental idea underpinning the MECC approach is simple. It recognises that staff across health and care, local authority and voluntary sectors have thousands of contacts every day with individuals and are ideally placed to support health and wellbeing.

MECC is intended for anyone who has contact with people to “Make Every Contact Count” and develop public health knowledge.

Online Learning
E-Learning for Healthcare and Health Education England provide an interactive learning resource for MECC. It supports the development of knowledge and understanding in asking people about their health and well-being.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 TBA 00:00 - 00:00 Online Learning Session Map