Booking for Addiction, Dependence & Change CPD with Phil Harris

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) available for CPHT Graduates

Date: Sunday 17th October 2021
Timings: 10am to 5pm
Location: Online Zoom Conferencing
Lecturer: Phil Harris
Hosted by: CPHT Bristol
Contact: 0117 317 9278 or
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 Trainer’s background: Phil Harris has worked in the drug misuse field for over 28 years as a practitioner, trainer and manager.  He has extensive experience across the field having worked in frontline drug and alcohol services, street homeless day centres and mental health services.  He has managed a wide range of teams including family services, young people, dual diagnosis & personality disorders and substance misuse.

He is a visiting lecturer at Bristol University Social Policy Unit and was advisor to the US BICEP programme.  He has designed treatment programmes and multi-county treatment systems that have set new standards in treatment outcome and shaped national policy.  He was also an advisor for the World Health Organisation in the Balkans region.  He has written over 20 scholarly articles on effective practice and has published five books on substance misuse, treatment effectiveness, family and young people with complex needs.  Visit for more information.

About the Course:  This course offers participants the opportunity to understand the key concepts of substance misuse and effective treatment.  It begins by exploring historical and cultural contexts of drug and alcohol use and why we think about substance misuse in particular kinds of ways.  The course then defines the difference between addiction and physical dependency and what this means for treatment.  It examines pathways into addiction and identifies sub-populations of problem use that present with differing profiles and needs.  Based on this understanding, the course gives practitioners key skills in addressing addiction and dependence as well as how people recover based on the latest research.  This then offers a platform to develop practical and rapid symptom management strategies to support people through change.

 Who is This Course For?:  This course will be very helpful to a wide range of professionals whose work brings them into contact with problematic drug and alcohol users who want to gain understanding and practical skills.  It will also be very helpful for new substance misuse workers or agencies that are considering their current treatment approaches and hope to develop more effective outcomes.

Method of Delivery:  The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.  The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning available from the website.

 Course objectives:
By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to:

  • Describe the development of drug and alcohol problems
  • Define addiction & dependence
  • Understand the process of change and recovery
  • Provide a range of interventions to support people through change


Time Programme Activity
9.30 Zoom room will open at 9.30am. Please sign in by 9.45 to ensure access  
10.00 Introduction & Climate Setting
10.15 Drug and Alcohol:

Understanding the Spectrum of Use
Dependence vs Addiction

Small & Large group discussion

Case Studies

11.15 Break
11.30 The Development of Drug and Alcohol Problem

Steppingstone verses Gateway
Trajectories of use

Large and Small groups


1.00 Lunch
2.00 Change

Common factors
How to address dependence
How to address addiction


Small groups

3.00 Break
3.15 Rapid Symptom Management

Depressed mood
Trauma memory
Poor impulse control
Distress intolerance




5.00 Close & Evaluate