Introduction and aims

  • Evidence based treatments using motivational interviewing (MI) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) have been shown to improve client outcomes in a number of randomised control trials.

  • However, there is little literature regarding sustainable models of knowledge transfer from  research to practice, particularly in regards to substance use.

  • This paper reports on an evaluation of a training model which delivers evidence based treatments for cannabis use, using MI and CBT.

  • The aim of this projects is to increase the ability of a selected group of drug and alcohol workers skilled in the delivery of motivational enhancement and cognitive behavioural therapies. These clinicians will constitute the core of a sustainable model to successfully deliver and train others in two evidence based brief interventions for cannabis use disorder.


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