Training & Education

"Recovering addicts using their experience’s to raise awareness in others”

Wolverhampton Drug Service User Involvement Team

Training Courses
The bulleted points below show that type of training that the project has been delivering to various audiences since February 2007.
Below each heading is a brief description of the content, however this is just a brief overview and the style, content and length of delivery is directed by the audience requirements.

The training is broadly split up into 4 groups

Entry Criteria Volunteer Package Work Streams Volunteer Progression
  • Drug/Alcohol Awareness
  • Types of drugs and their effects on the individual, family, work life, community etc.                                
  • Drug/Alcohol user lifestyle                           
  • Recovery
  • Restricting potential
  • Withdrawal process
  • Drug/Alcohol treatment systems
  • Types of provision – including tiers
  • Benefits and pitfalls of treatment
  • Medication
  • Detoxification process
  • Aftercare?
  • SUIT
  • Background into project
  • Where it lies within the treatment system
  • Activities run
  • Service user led project
  • Through care & aftercare
  • Education, training, employment
  • Value of volunteering
  • Commissioning structures
  • Support
  • Advice & guidance
  • Performance management framework
  • Outcomes based approach
  • Interactive text network & website
  • Recovery
  • Definition of recovery?
  • New models of care – BriC (Building Recovery in the Community)
  • What this means to the individual
  • What this could mean to treatment
  • Personal recovery testimonies
  • The role of supporting agencies – e.g. Pharmacies
  • ‘Thinking outside the box’
  • Utilising services available, and where necessary adapting them to meet the needs of the drug service user community
  • The importance of through care and aftercare


DANOS Accreditation

Sunny Dhadley FDAP (DSUI Officer) a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals has developed a marketable training package, containing a range of topics that are mapped to DANOS (Drug and Alcohol National Occupational Standards).

The main difference between this type of training, to the accredited training that is out there, is that the SUIT package mixes together both academic knowledge tied in with ‘real life’ experience which will give the student an extensive, as well as an introspective look at the world of addiction.

The training can be adapted to meet the requirements of the audience.



History of Training

Over the past 4 years SUIT have delivered training to a wide and varied range of people and organisations. We tailor the training to meet the needs and requirements of the target audience.
Below are list of agencies who we have delivered training to -:

  • Job Centre Plus staff (wide coverage within the Black Country region)
  • Pharmacists and pharmacy staff
  • Commissioners
  • National treatment agency
  • Drug treatment staff
  • Pupil referral units
  • Supported housing sector
  • Police
  • BME groups
  • General public
  • Service users
  • Probation
  • Civil servants
  • The Princes Trust
  • PACT meeting attendees
  • Dental health professionals
  • Plus more...........


The training will increase the learners’ knowledge of substance misuse and our training complies with the following DANOS standards

    AA1; Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists.
    AA2; Relate to, and interact with individuals.
    AA3; Support individuals to access and use services and facilities.
    AA4; Promote the equality, diversity, rights and responsibilities of individuals.
    AA6; Promote choice, well-being and the protection of individuals.
    AB1; Support individuals who are distressed.
    AB2; Support individuals who are service users.
    AB4; Contribute to the protection of individuals from harm and abuse.
    AB8; Contribute to assessing and act upon risk of danger, harm and abuse.
    AB10; Relate to families, parents and carers.
    AD1; Raise awareness about substances, their use and effects.
    AD4; Develop and disseminate information and advice about substances, health and social well-being.
    AK1; Help individuals to access employment.
    AK2; Help individuals to access learning, training and development opportunities.
    AK3; Enable individuals to access housing and accommodation.
    BC2; Manage activities to meet customer requirements.
    BI1; Develop productive working relationships.
    BI5 Promote effective communication for and about individuals.


A certificate of attendance is awarded to all attendees after the training is complete, which includes the relevant DANOS standards

Price available upon request
This includes the following-:

  • 2 trainers
  • Chance to interact directly with recovering users
  • An organisational copy of our 2011 Award Winning DVD ‘User Friendly’
  • Certificate of attendance & DANOS competencies
  • Handouts
  • Literature
  • Access to SUIT website
  • Subscription to ‘Substance’ – drug user lifestyle magazine
  • Ongoing support and guidance


For more information, or to book a training course please contact the Drug Service User Involvement Officer, Sunny Dhadley on either of the following -:

Ashley Court Care Home - July - Aug 2011
Evaluation of SUIT Drug
Heantun Housing - November 2012
Low Hill Childrens Centre - Sept 2011
Low Hill Evaluation - Pre and Post

At SUIT we believe that an important aspect of recovery is to address any gaps in training and education. We feel that filling these gaps in skill base can act as a propeller in building on the personal development of our user group, and hopefully empower individuals towards sustained recovery.

HIT Drug and Alcohol Training Courses



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