Education & Training

The EDAS mission statement is GROW, PROGRESS, ACHIEVE, EMPOWER. This philosophy is embedded in all of our training programmes which aim to challenge stereotypes and prejudices around substance misuse.

The EDAS training team are driven by the belief that everybody deserves to be treated with compassion and respect, whatever their starting point. We provide short workshop based courses, fully accredited courses, and bespoke training packages for all needs.

Our Training and Education Service has a wealth of experience in designing, delivering and supporting organisations and individuals in gaining new knowledge or improving existing knowledge in all areas connected to substance misuse. All EDAS facilitators have a background of working within drug treatment and have years of first-hand experience to underpin their teaching ability.


Anyone wishing to train as a volunteer or wishing to work within drug treatment services will find appropriate courses within EDAS, for example, The Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills course provides an excellent foundation for those wishing to work as a volunteer or professional in the field of addiction therapy. The Access to HE Diploma ‘Practitioner in Substance Misuse’ is ideal for those wishing to strengthen and deepen their knowledge in the field of substance misuse whilst gaining a qualification that will prepare them for undergraduate study in any area of Health and Social Care.

Approved Centre/Accredited Learning

EDAS is approved by NOCN, Ascentis, ILM (Institute for Leadership & Management), CPD Standards Office, and offers a range of accredited learning opportunities for individuals to further develop existing skills or to achieve new qualifications.

Service User Recovery

Service users who are looking to support their recovery and gain important reintegration skills will benefit from attending our in-house Free Community Training workshops and engaging with the free workshops we deliver across Dorset.

Professional Development Courses

EDAS offers Professional Development Courses for all services related to substance misuse including areas of study that support communication, effective interventions and mental and physical well-being.

Bespoke Training

We can offer individual Bespoke Training Opportunities for services and schools that can be delivered on location.

Programmes of study can be designed and delivered for the clients of related services, for example, schools, colleges, probation service, adult education, social care and medical teams.

The EDAS Chief Executive

EDAS CEO Dr Mindy Bartlett, is a Dr of Education and fundamentally believes in learning; for ourselves, for service users and for all participants of EDAS training courses. When training others the training team embed the six ‘C’ technique into their delivery: Consideration, Consistency, and Compassion, Consequently empowering people to Change and move forward with Courage.

EDAS is a registered charity (not for profit) business driven by a social purpose. Our purpose is to improve the quality of life for people with drug and alcohol problems, families, educational establishments, businesses and local communities by providing innovative creative training in the substance misuse field, and associated intervention.

Contact Us

To contact us please call EDAS Training on 01202 743279

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