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SLaM plans new workshop to arm addictions staff with practical skills

South London And Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust : 11 February, 2011  (Company News)
South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust (SLaM) is introducing a new project to arm addictions staff with practical skills for use in key-working sessions or one-to-one therapy.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and self-help interventions are proven to be an effective way of treating addictive disorders. And the new workshop is based on two new publications on recovery and self-help for people with addiction problems, both written by staff in SLaM’s addictions team. The authors will also provide the training.

Hot off the press, What’s Your Reason: a practical guide to recovery is step-by-step workbook to help those recovering from alcohol or drug addiction. The book aims to help those recovering from an addiction to live the life they want - the essence of recovery and is divided into five categories, which together give someone a better chance of a sustained recovery.

Also recently published, Applied Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to the Treatment of Addiction is a practical guide to the psychological treatment of all substance abuse and focuses on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions - which have a strong evidence base for effectiveness in treating addictive disorders. The book reveals how CBT is invaluable in enabling clients not just to stop drug and alcohol use, but to make the necessary changes vital to sustain recovery.

Key note speakers at the event will be Pete Burkinshaw from the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse, which exists to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of drug treatment in England and Professor John Strang, Director National Addictions Centre, Institute of Psychiatry. King’s College London.

The training day is aimed at a wide range of professionals, including specialist nurses, drug counsellors and workers in Improving Access to Psychological Therapies and will take place at the Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital on 31 March, 2011.
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