training at sdf

SDF provides training for a diverse range of learners who engage with people who use substances or are affected by substance use. This includes people working in specialist and general public services.  

To find out about more about SDF training and our current scheduled training, please click the button below.


In 2023/24 the training team delivered over 133 sessions


In 2023/24 the team delivered training to over 2000 participants over Scotland


of training attendees said that they would make changes to their practice following the training.

Bespoke and commissioned training

SDF can be commissioned to produce and deliver bespoke training programmes tailored to meet the specific needs of local services. By utilising our extensive expertise in drug-related issues, SDF can design and deliver customised training that addresses the challenges and requirements of different communities and organisations. This approach ensures that training is relevant, practical, and directly applicable to the local context, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of services and support provided to those affected by drug use.

SDF can:

  • deliver training designed to meet the needs of your organisation or group. 
  • deliver training exclusively to a group of staff at your organisation.  
  • adapt the content of existing training or made bespoke to meet your needs.   

SDF can deliver training in a format that supports your organisation’s learning – on-line or face-to-face presentation; e-learning and blended learning solutions are available.  

Training combined with coaching and mentoring provides a unique training solution tailored to your needs. 

Examples of commissioned programmes:

Training for Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership commissioned by Glasgow Alcohol and Drug Partnership

In 2021, SDF was contracted to provide Workforce Development training for NHS GGC Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership. The training helps staff in various community settings support individuals affected by alcohol and drug use, aiming to increase their knowledge, confidence, and ability to direct individuals to appropriate services.

Motivational Interview bespoke programme commissioned by Fife ADP

SDF were commissioned to develop and deliver a training and coaching in motivational interviewing programme for over 100 participants across Fife. This programme was to support the capacity building and implementation of MAT Standard 6.

If you want to discuss commissioning training

Alcohol course
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Really impressed with the training today. I know SDF's training is held in high regard, but coming along today really cemented that for me.
Alcohol course
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Approaching conversations around alcohol with confidence, to be able to support whatever the answer may be. Insight into reasons and using this to inform various supports.
Multiple Risk course
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Taking into consideration about the brain and its current level of development and how this can translate into you people and their behaviours. It will help Shape my conversation and activities I will do with young people
Drug Awareness course
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I feel the 'Very Good' option as the best one sells aspects of the training short. Nothing short of excellent to be honest. It's great to train with folks of diverse backgrounds, skills and experiences. Both trainers were superb.
Drug Awareness Course
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The training was interesting and stimulating throughout, which can be a significant challenge in an online format. Mixed methods utilised were well balanced and of good quality.
Drug Awareness Course
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Fantastic evidence-based training all round that has solid, pragmatic application to reducing harms related to substance use
Trauma and Substance Use: A Guide to Trauma Informed Practice
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Very thought provoking in terms of current practice and how to adapt to improve trauma informed response
Trauma and Substance Use: A Guide to Trauma Informed Practice
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The training was very interesting and substantial, as well as engaging and interactive. It was interesting to hear perspectives from different services.

Some Available SDF Training

A full list of all training SDF currently offers as well as our E-Learning can be found at 

*Please note due to the restrictions of some funding, some training may be only accessible to certain health-board areas. Visit the for more information.