Drug and alcohol worker courses

Our open courses are open to individuals or group bookings and provide a unique learning environment bringing together professionals from a variety of different backgrounds and services.

For people considering a career in drug and alcohol counselling or those who have worked in the substance misuse sector already, our drug and alcohol worker courses will support your practice.

Take a look at our upcoming courses

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On our courses we use PowerPoint but try to avoid those long and boring training sessions where a trainer just reads through the slides.

We use a range of training styles to meet every participant’s learning needs, a typical course might include whole group discussions, small group work, quizzes, videos as well as trainer input. 

We invite questions during all of our courses, and if we can’t answer them there and then maybe someone else in the group can.

If none of us can then we will find out together.

What they say about our training

“Drugtrain have provided Beacon with training on numerous subjects over the years and I would recommend to everyone.

The feedback has been excellent. The trainers are incredibly knowledgeable on the subjects, make it interesting, interactive and well worth it all round.

All correspondence from start to finish has been second to none – thank you.”

Lynda McDermott, Barnsley Beacon Support Services

Stress & Anxiety Management, Toxic Trio, Drug & Alcohol Awareness, Synthetic Cannabinoids Bespoke Training

How it works

Choose your course

Browse through the list of our upcoming courses and choose the one that suits your needs.

Email confirmation

Once you’ve booked onto your chosen course you’ll receive a confirmation via email. In this email you’ll find all the information you need to let the most out of the course.

Enjoy your course

Turn up, grab a brew and enjoy a day of learning and sharing your own existing knowledge.

What they say about our training

“Thank you so much for a great training day. 
It has helped in many ways for my day to day role.”

Participant – Stress & Anxiety Open Course

Take a step towards empowerment and positive change!

Book our course today and gain the skills to confidently engage with people who use drugs.

About James

I’ve worked in drug treatment services for over 20 years in a variety of roles.

I am passionate about providing training to people new to working in this sector or those who might have been here for a while.

I want people who attend Drugtrain courses to leave feeling that they have learnt something that they can use with the people they work with but more importantly, I want them to feel inspired, motivated and with a sense of renewed enthusiasm for the work that they do.


Our open courses are either half or full day workshops, running from 9:30-16:30.

They can be done either way, although at Drugtrain we are keen to move back to face to face learning and it’s likely that future open courses will be delivered in person. 

However, during the Covid pandemic we moved online to delivery via Zoom. 

Yes, our training is open to individuals who don’t currently work for any organization in the health & care sector.

You can use the Eventbrite link on our social media pages or request to pay after the session via invoice.

Open courses have been delivered by Drugtrain in Barnsley, Doncaster, Sheffield, Leeds and London.

Most future sessions will take place in Sheffield. 

Unfortunately not, we do ensure hat we have suitable refreshment provision and will provide participants with information about places nearest to the venue to purchase food & drink. 

Gain The Skills You Need To Confidently Engage With People Who Use Drugs

Take a step towards empowerment and positive change and book a course today.