training & events

training & events

CREW Basic Drug Awareness Training

2.5 hour - Online Training: Drug Trends Delivered by Crew for workers in Orkney. This 2.5 hour course is designed to expand worker knowledge and confidence in the area of new drug trends. 

During the presentation we share current and credible information on drug use, introduce some of the most commonly  used drugs (including cannabis, MDMA, cocaine, benzos and other psychoactive drugs), give information on how to identify legality and discuss basic harm reduction techniques. This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of drugs and drug use.

Course Objectives - By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

• Recall trends in drug use, including the impact COVID-19 has had on drug use, markets and services

• Name the typical effects and side effects of key substances

• Identify the issues surrounding dose, availability and legality

• Recognise the signs and symptoms of overdose

Places are limited.

Date: Tues 16th November 2021, Time: 09.30am-12.00pm, Location: Zoom

Book a space on this course using the Crew eventbrite page here:

Free SDF Training Sessions 2021

Online Cannabis Awareness

26th August 2021

9.30 - 12.30

NB - This session will take place via Microsoft Teams

Please note it is a prerequisite to complete the following e-learning module prior to the training: Potluck - An introduction to cannabis and synthetic varieties for front line workers

Learning objectives: By the end of the session you will be able to:

  • Give an overview of the current trends with cannabis including synthetic cannabinoids.
  • Recall the main effects and side effects of cannabis.
  • Identify the typical presenting issues for problematic cannabis use.
  • Identify treatment options for dependent cannabis users.
  • Recall effective techniques for working with cannabis users including harm reduction.

To book a space on this course register on the SDF Training website here:



Online Enhancing Core Communication Skills

28th October 2021

9.15 - 15.30

NB - This session will take place via Microsoft Teams

Overview: Good empathic listening is fundamental in the helping relationship. Called accurate empathy by Carl Rogers (1965), it is the cornerstone for person-centred practice. It is fundamental to good communication. In this course, we practise refining empathic listening skills and address other core communication skills that are important in the helping relationship.

 Aim: To practise core communication skills with a focus on expressing accurate empathy through reflective listening skills.

Learning Outcomes: By the end of course you will have:

  • Observed & debriefed a demonstration of the interpersonal style and core communication skills used in a helping relationship.
  • Practised the interpersonal style and primary core communication skills.

To book a space on this course register on the SDF Training website here:

ADP Alcohol Brief Intervention Training

Alcohol Brief Intervention Training

Alcohol Brief Interventions are a short, evidence-based, structured conversation about alcohol consumption with a patient/client that seeks in a non-confrontational way to motivate and support the individual to think about and/or plan a change in their drinking behaviour in order to reduce their consumption and/or their risk of harm.

The long term aim of the ABI programme has always been to sustain and embed ABI delivery so that it becomes part of the standard offer of NHS Scotland, as well as developing the evidence base. The delivery and embedding of ABIs remains a priority for 2019-20 as per action 17 in the new Alcohol Prevention Framework (2018).

ABIs should be seen as a part of the day-to-day best practice of health professionals and others, not an add-on to their role.

ABIs are an effective and cost effective intervention . Delivery should be evidence informed through the use of screening tools and based on NICE Public Health Guidance and reviews such as those through Cochrane

Orkney ADP is happy to provide training on Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI's) to any person or organisation working in a client facing role who feels their client could benefit from intervention relating to problematic alcohol use.

Due to the Covid19 pandemic situation OADP are now offering ABI training online rather than face to face. We can facilitate the ABI training via Microsoft Teams. 

Orkney ADP can now provide staff with a template created by NHS Highland's Public Health team on the best practice in delivering Alcohol Brief Interventions remotely, either via phone or online platforms such as Microsoft Teams, etc. 

Orkney ADP also has a suite of free resources available to help facilitate conversations about alcohol use with clients and to help clients monitor and reduce their alcohol use. Please get in touch to order some. 

If you are interested in accessing this free training then please get in touch with OADP's Substance Misuse Development Officer, Matthew Thomas on 

Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership