Aimed at Higher Risk drinkers, Alcohol Brief Lifestyle Counselling, also referred to as Extended Brief Interventions (EBI), typically involves one to six 20-40 minute motivational interviewing sessions. These sessions focus on increasing an individual’s desire to stop drinking, planning strategies to cut down and monitoring progress
HAGA’s Alcohol Brief Lifestyle Counselling training course enables professionals to understand, and to develop practical skills in delivering, this form of Brief Treatment.
HAGA have effectively brought Brief Treatment into primary care and online via Skype, achieving impressive results when supporting Higher Risk drinkers to change their behaviours, either through a series of sessions with a trained professional, or referral to a specialist alcohol service.
Who’s the training for?
Any staff and volunteers in health, community, criminal justice and other settings who regularly come into contact with people who may be classed as Higher Risk drinkers. It is not necessary for staff to have any prior training in alcohol-related support practices.
The course will teach professionals when and how to deliver Alcohol Brief Lifestyle Counselling sessions to individuals identified as Higher Risk drinkers or as mildly to moderately dependent, where appropriate.
- Learn about the evidence behind ABLC
- Understand the difference between ABLC and Counselling
- Understand the theory behind ABLC in the context of Stages of Change model
- Learn about the contraindications for ABLC, such as severe alcohol dependence
- Develop a base of skill required for Motivational Interviewing (MI) specific skills e.g. reflective listening, summarising, expressing empathy etc
- Learn when and how to use an ABLC tool, including scaling questions, MI techniques, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) tools, such as SMART goal planning, decisional balance sheets and a follow-up plan
- Use role play to practice skills and be given objective feedback (rocket feedback)
- Explore barriers and challenges to delivering ABLC in practice and developing approaches to overcome these
- Develop an ABLC based action plan for changing the drinking of service-users
- Action learning to practice delivering ABLC for embedding the skills