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Griffith Edwards on

Griffith looks at what helps and hinders our understanding of change and substance use


Robin Davidson on Prochaska and Diclementes findings on 'Self Changers'

Robin describes the findings that indicate that change, thought to be enabled by therapists, can also be brought about in other ways.

Bob Campbell on Pheonix House and the value of shared experience

Bob shares his own experience of engaging with Phoenix House: "The bottom line was that you were with a group of people who have got similar experiences to you"

Robin Davidson on Wellbeing

Robin talks about the thinking being the word 'wellbeing' and why it has a special place in discussions about quality of life

Bob Campbell on Partnership working

Bob suggests that what works best for both individuals and agencies is working in partnership

Tim Leighton on psychosocial interventions

Tim says 'health generally is dominated by the technology model'. Tim goes on to look at CBT and says 'A conversation is not a drug'. He looks at the investment of different professional groups in tackling drug use problems.

Tim Leighton on heroin treatment in the 1980's

 Tim describes the flexibility that existed prior to the growth in heroin use

Mike Ashton on Addiction and Recovery

Mike discusses the 'chronic relapsing condition', how it is created, and the kinds of activities that help and hinder. 'We create holes for people to fall into, we push them deeper... and pull up the ladder. Of course they don't get better.' 'Give them something to hold onto... and most people will haul themselves out'.

Mike Ashton on the need for workers to react flexibly to their clients

Mike describes the processes by which the practitioners choices can make things better or worse. "People who have decided that they want to go for treatment... 90% of the work is done".

David Best on asking the right questions

 David presents an example: when we get caught at the 'front end' asking questions of people newly in service.

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