Our Alcohol Awareness and Advice course covers general alcohol awareness and specific Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) skills. IBA is an early intervention technique that enables any professional, with the right training, to identify the signs of risky drinking, discuss strategies for cutting down and refer the client to other services if necessary.
When implemented correctly, IBA is a cost-effective way of identifying risky drinking and offering tailored advice to empower people to make positive changes to their drinking. At HAGA, we’ve used this technique extensively within various community settings across Haringey, Barnet, Camden and Islington and our IBA work was cited as best practice in the 2012 National Alcohol Strategy and have delivered alcohol IBA training since 2008.
Who’s the training for?
All staff and volunteers in health, community, criminal justice and other settings who regularly come into contact with people who may be drinking riskily. It is not necessary for staff to have any prior training in alcohol related support practices.
The course is designed to help trainees to conduct a healthy conversation about alcohol with the people they work with, and to explore how to advise people on how to reduce their alcohol consumption and seek support where necessary. We’ve designed the course to be highly adaptable and can modify the content to mirror actual case scenarios within your own setting.
- Have increased your understanding of core alcohol awareness information
- Know when and how to conduct a healthy conversation around alcohol
- Increase in confidence in identifying risky drinking, offering brief advice and knowing what local services are there to support individuals
It should be us thanking you; my team (but not me), have been here for a number of years, but they tell me that they learned a host of new approaches and ideas from your training session. In turn, that has impacted in a very positive way upon the lives of our tenants. When someone I don’t know asks me what I do, I say “I make a difference.” You should say that every day.
– Supported Housing Scheme Manager, Islington
93% of trainees completing our Alcohol Awareness and Advice course felt more confident in identifying, advising and/or referring risky drinkers