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Positive Practice Partnership delivers training, accreditation and consultancy for the evidence-based Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA) family of interventions designed for professionals working in drug and alcohol services – commissioners, service managers and family workers.

We are a social enterprise and subsidiary of the charity PROPS North East, which runs commissioned specialist drug and alcohol family services in Newcastle and North Tyneside and was established in 1997 by women concerned over the lack of local support for families of alcohol and drug misusers.

Our CRA trainers and accreditors are academically verified and supported by Dr Robert Meyers, Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the US Centre on Alcoholism, Substance Use and Addictions (CASAA) and developer and researcher of CRA as well as patron of PROPS North East and Positive Practice.

We also deliver bespoke Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training to services and organisations who directly or indirectly support people affected by drug or alcohol addictions, such as housing associations or businesses that want to raise awareness to their employees.

Community Reinforcement And Family Training (CRAFT)

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) intervention has a 70 percent success rate in helping substance misusers seek treatment for their addiction.

This training is delivered over two consecutive days.

Our trainers and accreditors are academically verified by Dr Robert Meyers, Research Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology at the US Centre on Alcoholism, Substance Use and Addictions (CASAA) and developer and researcher of CRA. Positive Practice is the only UK training body he has authorised to offer the evidence-based programme.

Course Aim

The training is aimed at workers who are supporting people (affected others) who are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

The psycho-social programme is based on a whole-family approach, with workers being skilled up to bring about behavioural changes in affected others to encourage positive changes in the lives of the people they are affected by.

The course aims to develop competencies around motivational interviewing techniques to bring about change to explore problems created by substance use, reduce conflict, develop safety plans, improve communications, reduce enabling behaviour and increase motivation to change and encouragement into treatment services.

CRAFT also inspires the affected other to step back into their own lives and to recognise their own needs.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, it is hoped that course participants will:

  • Understanding of the rationale behind CRAFT
  • Have knowledge about the tools used to develop the Concerned Significant Others/affected other/carer (CSO) understanding of their family members (substance user) problems
  • Have the tools to support the CSO to have manage their situations more effectively
  • Know how to explore and encourage the CSO to change responses to reduce conflict
  • Know how to encourage the CSO to use positive reinforcement to bring about behavioural change in their family member
  • Know how to help the CSO to alter enabling behaviour
  • Know how to teach the CSO to use positive communication
  • How to explore support the CSO to positively encourage their family member into treatment

Course Content Delivery will include individual and group work, group discussions and role play. The course will be participatory in style. Course length will be 2 days.

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training

Course Aim

The overall aim of this course is to raise participants awareness of drug and alcohol use, how they are used and the effects. A range of aspects will be covered over the session to inform participants of different types of drug categories and specific commonly used drugs as well as more understanding of government guidelines for safe limits of alcohol use and the long-term health risks associated with it.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, it is hoped that course participants will:

  • Have more awareness of the myths surrounding alcohol
  • Know of the different categories of drugs
  • Have more awareness of why people might use drugs
  • Know what effects drugs have, physically and mentally
  • Recognise what different drugs look like
  • Have more awareness of the paraphernalia associated with drug use
  • The law relating to Controlled (illegal) Drugs.

Course Content Delivery will include individual and group work and group discussions. The course will be participatory in style. Course length will be half a day.

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Community Reinforcement Approach (CRA)

The CRA programme helps people addicted to drugs and/or alcohol. It is centred on a functional analysis of their behaviour and the use of positive reinforcement to encourage them to alter their lifestyle and continue to engage in treatment.

Using behavioural learning, CRA helps adults and young people aged from 12 to 18 (through ACRA) change their lifestyle so that healthy, substance misuse-free living becomes rewarding and consequently competes with alcohol and drug use.

The treatments within CRA (and ACRA) include: building motivation to give up drinking; help with starting sobriety; analysing drinking patterns; increasing positive reinforcement; learning new coping behaviours; and involving concerned significant others in the recovery process.

Several international studies provide evidence for the effectiveness of CRA in achieving abstinence. Furthermore, CRA has been successfully integrated with other treatments, such as family therapy and motivational interviewing, and has been tested in the treatment of other drug misuse.

CRA was developed by the behavioural psychologist Nathan Azrin in the 1970s and then researched by Dr Meyers and colleagues at CASAA within the University of New Mexico.

About the Training

Two-day programmes are delivered by Helen Thompson, our trainer and supervisor and experienced PROPS worker. She qualified with Dr Robert Meyers as a practitioner, trainer, supervisor and coder of CRAFT, CRA and ACRA.

Sandra Adams and Dan Brocksop are also fully qualified to train the CRA interventions.

PROPS is the only UK organisation endorsed by Dr Robert Meyers to deliver training in all three disciplines. Helen Thompson was the first practitioner in the UK to become qualified in CRAFT, CRA and ACRA.

Multi-service and bespoke in-house courses are organised, with in-depth instruction given to delegates so they have a solid working knowledge of CRA, ACRA or CRAFT to augment their current practice.

The programme is designed for front-line workers, service and line managers, and commissioners of recovery-oriented treatment systems and family and carer services.

Accreditation:  Delegates can become accredited practitioners, supported by Positive Practice in demonstrating their competence in applying and using core procedures to a set global standard.

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