Substance Misuse Workshop – Introduction to Common Substance Misuse and Novel Psychoactive Substances


Event type Workshop

Chilworth Manor Hotel

Drug and alcohol misuse pose a significant risk to a young person’s physical and mental health. Both national and local evidence suggests that majority of young people who misuse substances are likely to be using alcohol or cannabis, this is however being challenged by the growth of the ‘legal-highs’ market. The extent of the drug and alcohol misuse is not fully known but majority of young people who seek help for substance misuse have other emotional or social problems. This workshop will be the equivalent of 5 CPD learning hours.

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About the day

The training day will be presented by clinicians who have a vast knowledge from their experience in managing substance misuse in the youth. The day will include a mixture of presentations, case studies, and opportunities for discussion and questions. Delegates can expect to get an overview on the commonly misused substances as well as the novel psychoactive substances, ways to support young people and their families, practicalities and useful resources, and to become more aware of relevant dilemmas and debates in this area.


9.30: Introduction to common substance abuse and novel psychoactive substances
Dr Suyog Dhakras
11.00: Break
11.30: Theory in Practice: The reality of teen substance misuse; Followed by a brief overview of new psychoactive substances
Gail Lennan and Mr Lloyd 
13.00: Lunch
14:00: Comparison of alcohol use and preventative interventions for adolescents presenting to A&E; Interface of CAMHS and substances – theoretical and clinical issues
Dr Paul McArdle
15.30: Q&A, final reflections and feedback


About the speakers

Dr Suyog Dhakras, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Suyog Dhakras is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Lead Clinician at Southampton CAMHS. Dr Dhakras is the Director of Medical Education at the Solent NHS trust and provide clinical input to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Forensic CAMHS as well as the Southampton Behaviour Resource Centre, which is a multi-agency specialist service for children, young people and their families who have complex emotional, mental and behavioural difficulties.

Dr Paul McArdle, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Dr Paul McArdle is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the Lead Consultant Northumberland CAMHS. Dr McArdle is an Honorary Senior lecturer in Newcastle University and trained in paediatrics in Dublin before switching to child and adolescent psychiatry in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Gail Lennan
Ms Lennan has worked with young people over the last 20 years after volunteering with young lesbian groups in Portsmouth. She started with setting up, managing, and developing a youth project for young people for young people in a deprived area focussing on working with substance misuse and crime. Ms Lennan also set up outreach programmes in the largest school and a college in the citym and ran a detached and outreach project and young person’s clinic.
Following this Gail turned her attention to working on a pilot project set up by the Youth Justice Board to employ substance misuse workers within youth offending teams. This offered her the opportunity of working as a youth justice officer and as a specialist substance misuse worker.
Her current role is that of a Substance Misuse Worker and a Risk Mapping Lead within the Children and Families Services in Portsmouth. Her role also involves working with children and young people in the Youth Offending Service and care leavers. Ms Lennan is in the process of developing a specific substance misuse provision within Portsmouth city. She is also an Associate Lecturer on the Social Work programme up to MA level at the University of Winchester and is also a Consultant with a nationwide training organisation.

Mr Lloyd (ex-service user)
Mr Lloyd is a young man who came through the perils of being a teenager with a number of additional challanges. He will be sharing his story with us to help shed light on helpful ways of supporting other young people with a history of substance misuse.



Platinum Member – £110.00
Gold Member – £126.00
Silver/Bronze Member – £142.00
Publications/Digital – £52.50*

Non Member – £158.00

*NB this event is not valid for a Publications/Digital Member discount voucher