training & events

training & events

Consent & Substance Use

Consent & Substance Use

A half day training session focusing upon increasing staff awareness of issues relating to consent with a focus upon how substance use can affect consent and recognising issues around capacity for providing consent to sexual or drug taking activity. Facilitated in partnership with Orkney Rape & Sexual Assault Service.

Available at any time to suit your needs.

Please contact Matthew Thomas to arrange a session.


Scottish Drugs Forum - Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing

A two day course from Scottish Drugs Forum focusing on introducing Motivational Interviewing, a collaborative and empowering counselling method useful for working with individuals experiencing issues around substance use to help influence change.

  • 3rd & 4th May 2022 – 09.15 – 15.30
  • 7th & 8th September 2022 – 09.15 – 15.30

Register for this session with SDF’s Training website here: May & September


CREW Drug Trends & Awareness Training

CREW Drug Trends & Awareness

Two half day training sessions facilitated by national charity CREW focused on drug trends, awareness and information, issues of legality and harm reduction advice for professionals working with substance users

  • 21st April 2002 10.00 – 13.00 via Teams
  • 03rd November 2022 1300 – 16.00 via Teams

Register for your space with CREW’s Eventbrite page HERE:


Re-SolV Volatile Substance Abuse Training

A half day training session focusing on Volatile Substance Abuse (VSA) colloquially known as ‘Solvent Abuse.’ Re-Solv deliver bespoke training around the dangers associated with VSA and how best to support and reduce harms.

  • Thursday 24th March 2022
  • Tuesday 4th October 2022

Please contact Matthew Thomas to arrange a session.


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 matthew.thomas@nhs.scot 

Orkney Alcohol and Drugs Partnership