Education and Training

SMS offers education and training on a range of substance misuse issues

We offer bespoke training and are particularly adept at work based training, sometimes known as ‘context bound’ training. This involves us coming to you, spending time among the team and observing the goings on in your work place. With your permission we film and record everyday work related activity, feed our observations back to you and your team, ask you to identify any problem areas and work on ways to help you enhance everyday practice. The training typically includes an initial planning meeting, an observation period (one/two days visit to observe/film practice), one review session with your team to identify ways to enhance practice, followed by a training session to help the team assimilate new ideas and to strengthen commitment to the new team approach. Further review days and ongoing supervision support from SMS are other options.

SMS specialist have years of experience delivering substance misuse training and education ranging from one day workshops to degree and masters level programmes. SMS has considerable experience specifically delivering training on motivational interviewing, brief interventions, relapse prevention and the process of recovery. SMSspecialists Tim and Jane McGregor are members of the international network of motivational interviewing trainers (MINT). See list of MINT trainers available from

SMS specialists are able to write curricula and plan programmes for in-house and other forms of training, on request for a competitive fee.