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Addiction & Recovery training: Addiction and the Brain


Start date: 29 Sep 2018 - 09:30
Finish date: 29 Sep 2018 - 12:30
At The Old School Rooms, St Michael's Centre


Our training, now in its fourth year, aims to equip churches and pastoral care workers to better understand and support people struggling with addiction and the issues they are facing on their recovery journey.

It is best experienced as a whole course, but can also be booked as standalone sessions. They all run from 9.30am to 12.30pm, with coffee being served from 9.15am.

We ask for a voluntary donation of £5 per session which will go towards the work of Life Recovery Group.

You can book your place here. Or call 07858 757226 to let us know you're coming.

Here's some information about this session's speaker:

Addiction and the Brain - 29 September 2018
Dr. Fegus Law, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Fergus Law has worked in the addiction field for 24 years, initially as a researcher with Prof David Nutt and then as Clinical Lead in Bristol and South Glos and more lately in Wiltshire. He believes that addiction and addictive attitudes are issues that affect us all personally, and can disrupt our relationships with those we care about and with God. He has a particular clinical and research interest in the use of medications, psychological interventions and alternative treatments in therapy for addiction clients, and in particular those using alcohol, benzodiazepines and opiates.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and lectures widely in the addiction field for a number of national organisations and universities, and has contributed to expert groups and the development of several treatment guidelines on addiction treatment. He has written several research papers and reviews, but is perhaps best known for his work in the addiction field on the development of care pathways, protocols, and procedures, as well as self-help materials to empower clients - most notably the Samurai Approach to detoxification from opiates.