Skip to content

AMBIT Client Skills Workshops: Substance Use

Learn more about our AMBIT Client Skills Workshops: Substance Use training.

About this training

This workshop will equip participants with practical skills in working with people (of any age) who are using substances. It will cover evidence-based practices from Motivational Interviewing (MI) and how to deliver these within a mentalizing and AMBIT framework.  

Using case examples, participants will practise as a group MI and mentalizing skills applied to a substance use context. These skills can equally be used in other settings where motivation is a key to bring about change.   

This is a practice-focussed workshop focussed on the Client quadrant of the AMBIT approach. We will invite participants to share their experiences of practise and create a wiki-manual page of learning and reflection of the workshop that is open source for all and will act a resource to maintain "Learning at Work".      

This is a live online training, with trainers present throughout. The training consists of an engaging combination of live teaching, group discussion, skills practice, and interactive online activities. 

Aims of the training

  • Developing practical skills in applying mentalizing and MI;

  • Develop knowledge in applying these skills to where motivation is particularly important such as a substance misuse context;

  • Share AMBIT-informed practise within this area using the wiki-manual.

Who is this training for?

  • AMBIT trained workers, particularly relevant for workers who may not have formal 

    professional training but who carry out face-to-face client work across a wide range of settings such as health, education, social care, youth work, criminal justice and charities.

  • AMBIT training could have been provided directly by Anna Freud or local trainers. 

  • Workers that would like practical skills and ideas to apply mentalizing and Motivational Interviewing (MI) to helping people substance misuse.

Liz Cracknell

Liz Cracknell

Joint AMBIT Programme Lead

James Fairbain

Clinical Psychologist

Subscribe to our newsletter

Stay up-to-date with the latest trainings, conferences and events at Anna Freud.