Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in the light of advice from the Government and others, SDF has cancelled all face-to-face training. This decision will be reviewed in due course.

In the immediate term, we are switching over to a virtual platform and these courses are viewable below and free to access to anyone working or living in Scotland.

Scottish Drugs Forum’s e-learning platform will continue as normal and 10 e-learning courses are available.

SDF are still able to discuss ideas around commissioning bespoke training beyond the core training.  If you would like to discuss this contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This training will take place via Microsoft Teams

There is no pre-course e-learning for this training


Stigma can have a profound impact upon the lives of people who use alcohol and other drugs or those who have a history of substance use. The impact of stigma can permeate numerous aspects of a person’s life such as their health and wellbeing, relationships, education and employment prospects and socioeconomic status.

Commonly, family, friends, service providers and institutions often place numerous expectations on people who use substances to engage in change behaviour, however, the social context that creates and perpetuates the cycle of stigma is rarely considered or challenged. Through developing a greater awareness of the wider context that the cycle of stigma fosters and exploring our own role in reinforcing and challenging stigma, participants can identify new approaches for fostering enhanced relationships with service users.


This one day training will give participants a distinct set of knowledge and skills to help them understand and address alcohol and drug-related stigma.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Describe the impact of stigma on people who use substances, people in treatment or in recovery from substance use
  • Recall language which de-stigmatises people affected by substance use.
  • Describe how stigma and discrimination impact on the quality and effectiveness of service delivery.
  • Identify institutional and structural stigma attached to people who use substances, people in treatment or in recovery from substance use.



Start Date 05-02-2021
Start Time 9:15 am
End Date 05-02-2021
End Time 1:30 pm
Available places 0
Individual Price Free

This training will take place via Zoom

Aim: To reduce the harms experienced by women who use drugs, and who are involved in transactional sex.

Learning Outcomes:

By attending this half day course participants will:

  1. Be able to discuss the reasons why women who use drugs are involved in transactional sex
  2. Identify key strategies to reduce the harms experienced by women involved in transactional sex who use drugs
  3. Have increased confidence to discuss transactional sex with service users and other staff, and have increased ability to support those involved in transactional sex.
  4. Be able to appropriately support and signpost those involved in transactional sex using a person-centred approach.
Start Date 10-02-2021
Start Time 10:30 am
End Date 10-02-2021
End Time 2:30 pm
Available places 7
Individual Price Free

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This one day course will cover the core areas of drug-related deaths on a global, national and local scale, opioid-related overdose prevention and explore methods and models of community-based delivery and adult learning.

There will be an in-depth look at naloxone, its actions, kit assembly and administration with specific attention to overdose intervention and basic life support with naloxone.

The training will also give an overview of global naloxone activity and of the Scottish National Naloxone Programme.


Learning Objectives

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Describe evidence-based overdose prevention and naloxone messages.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Scotland's National Naloxone Programme.
  • Identify observable signs and symptoms of a depressant overdose and advise of the appropriate response accordingly.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge to provide training and to supply (if applicable) take-home naloxone to people who use opioids or those likely to witness an overdose.
  • Deliver training in overdose prevention, intervention and naloxone.
  • Provide awareness sessions to other staff on overdose prevention/naloxone.
  • Be confident and competent to supply naloxone without the need for a prescription or patient group direction in line with legislation.

Target Audience

Health, Social Care and Voluntary Organisation staff who are in contact with people who use drugs, their families and significant others.

Start Date 09-03-2021
Start Time 9:30 am
End Date 09-03-2021
End Time 12:30 pm
Available places 0
Individual Price Free

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