The University of West London is a leading and innovative provider of education and training for alcohol and drug practitioners.
The Substance Use and Misuse (SUMS) team draw upon direct experience of working with substance misusers and innovative research to provide high quality courses that equip drug and alcohol practitioners with the relevant skills and knowledge to be competent within their workplace.
We embrace an interdisciplinary approach to the study and research of substance use and misuse that encompasses:
- social policy
- evidence based practice.
We hold diverse thematic interests that include dual diagnosis, cultural competence, evidence based social intervention and investigating the social context of drug use.
All our modules are mapped against the Drug And Alcohol Occupational Standards (DANOS) and the University is affiliated with FDAP (Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals).
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In the last National Student Survey (2010 / 2011):
- 93% of students who completed our course stated 'as a result of the course, I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems'.
- 93% of students also stated that 'staff are enthusiastic about what they are teaching'and 'staff have made the subject interesting'