Professional Development Courses



These interactive taster sessions will allow you to discover an insight into substance misuse and associated issues and provide you with some techniques and strategies for supporting individuals with substance misuse problems. Come along and join in this learning experience for just £60 per person per workshop, which includes an EDAS Certificate.

Note: All Professional Development Courses are currently being delivered in a 'Hybrid' style (a mix of face-to-face and Zoom sessions).

Upcoming Course Start Dates

  • Introduction to Motivational Interviewing - 25th June 2021, 10th December 2021

    Recognised as one of the most powerful approaches when working with addiction. This course gives an overview of the principles of Motivational Interviewing and some practical tips and help with applying the principles to everyday practice with your clients.

  • Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - 6th August 2021

    A new strategy, fast, pragmatic and challenging traditional models of behavioural therapy. This course aims to introduce the core principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and explain how ACT works alongside existing therapies. 

  • Introduction to Drug Awareness - 29th October 2021

    To explore the different types of drugs commonly used and their risks and effects. To consider the motivation behind drug use and the impact of drugs on the individual and on society.
  • Introduction to Alcohol Awareness CPD Accredited - 12th November 2021

    This course provides the learner with an understanding of the risks and effects of alcohol use. To increase awareness of screening techniques and brief interventions appropriate for alcohol use.

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New Courses 

  • Alcohol & Older People Online Course CPD Accredited 
    Start anytime and complete at your own pace. Outlining the specific concerns when working with older people who are drinking at a high level. To improve understanding, awareness and support. Start the course.

  • Dual Diagnosis - 26th November 2021
    Exploring the complicated relationship between substance misuse and mental health. This course aims to give practical support when working with individuals with a dual diagnosis.

  • Relapse Prevention - 9th July 2021
    A toolkit of strategies to support those working to sustain positive recovery.

  • Understanding Stress, Anxiety & Depression - 20th August 2021
    This course explores the biological basis of stress, anxiety and depression. It aims to give practical support in managing the physiological and psychological issues related to these emotional states.

  • Understanding Anger - 3rd September 2021
    To understand anger as a process and to give practical strategies in the management of behaviour associated with anger.

  • Introduction to Autism - 17th September 2021
    This course introduces the three main areas associated with Autism; communication difficulties, problems with social imagination and sensory issues.

  • Communicating with Teenagers - 1st October 2021
    Why and in what ways, teenagers think and behave differently from adults. Practical tips on how to improve engagement and communication with teenagers.

  • Alcohol & Older People (face-to-face course) CPD Accredited - 15th October 2021
    Outlining the specific concerns when working with older people who are drinking at a high level. To improve understanding, awareness and support.

Classes & Venue

All Professional Development Courses take place on Friday mornings 9:30-12:30, at the
EDAS Learning Centre,
54a Ashley Road,
Poole, Dorset,
BH14 9BN. 

How to Book

To book and for further information contact our Training department on 01202 743279 or email

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