Specialist projects Blue Light: working with change resistant drinkers This course challenges the perception that if a problem drinker does not want to change, then nothing can be done to help them. It will provide you with tools you can use and pathways you can follow, which help to manage the risks associated with dependent drinkers and directly reduce associated problems such as domestic abuse, fire deaths and health problems.This course is a vital contribution to the continuing professional development of people who work in alcohol services or who encounter people with alcohol problems in the course of their work, whether this is in health, social care, housing and homelessness services or the criminal justice system. Blue Light: Change resistant drinkers and domestic violence This course uses our ground breaking Blue Light approach to address what can be done to promote harm reduction in cases where change resistant drinking is a factor in domestic violence. The training concentrates on both victim and perpetrator, and uses the tools and techniques developed in the Blue Light approach to reduce harm. To read the full report produced by Alcohol Concern and AVA's Stella Project which was used to create this training click here Blue Light and Families This course will equip you to work with families affected by a change resistant drinker, by supporting family members in their own right, reducing the harm experienced by carers and family members of drinkers, and enabling family members and carers to reduce the harm to the problem drinkers and encourage engagement in treatment. To find out more about our Blue Light project, click here. Alcohol Related Brain Damage (ARBD) – Responding to the needs of patients and their carers The overall aim of this course is to increase awareness of alcohol-related brain damage and improve the response of professionals to individuals who have ARBD. It will enable you to recognise and define ARBD and its impact, identify risk factors and how risk can be reduced, understand the stages of rehabilitation, and use simple approaches to improve outcomes whether the drinker wishes to change their drinking or not, as well as to signpost sufferers and their carers to appropriate further support. This course is a contribution to the continuing professional development of people who work in non-alcohol settings but who encounter clients/patients who are long-term excessive drinkers. It is also relevant for those working in specialist drug or alcohol settings with change-resistant drinkers. To find out more about our work on Alcohol Related Brain Damage, click here. Responding to People with a Dual Diagnosis of Substance Misuse and Mental Health Problems This course aims to improve the treatment and care of people with coexisting substance misuse and mental health problems. The course focuses not just on the basic information about the client group but also the rationale for engaging them and the techniques which are available.