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What is the 5-Step Method?

Key aspects and principles of the 5-Step Method

  1. This intervention is focused on affected and concerned family members – In contrast to other models used with family members in the addiction field, the 5-Step Method is clearly focused on the family member themselves, not on who is affected by the substance misuse of another relative.
  2. The method takes the view of family members as ordinary people attempting to respond to highly stressful experiences – Unlike some other models of addiction and the family, the 5-Step Method does not see the family member as a cause or a significant contributor to the development of the addiction problem, but as an ordinary person facing a challenging problem. The method is very flexible and adaptable to a range of settings and circumstances
  3. One of the key strengths of the 5-Step Method is that it can be adapted to the specific circumstances and needs of services, settings and family members – The 5-Step Method can be learned and conducted by both workers and volunteers as well as in individual or group settings. The 5-Step Method can also be delivered in primary care centres by GP’s or at project level. Furthermore, as mentioned earlier, the 5-Step Method can be delivered in sequential format (weeks 1-5) or if necessary can be delivered in one single session (with Step 1 being the most important Step).

What are the learning outcomes of training?

On successful completion of the 5-Step Method Training, trainees will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the Stress-Strain-Coping-Support model and the 5-Step Method.
  2. Demonstrate proficient delivery of the 5-Step Method with adult family members
  3. Participate in skills practice, group exercises and discussion to support new skills learned.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the self-assessment and peer-assessment process.
  5. Explore how delivery of the 5-Step Method will work within your current practice.

What our trainees say

“Really enjoyable, due to facilitation styles & contents, loads of new ideas to think about – I look forward to bringing the training into the workplace” “Both facilitators were excellent. The group members all seemed really interested and they contributed a lot, so I learned a great deal from them. I found Step 3 particularly useful and the discussion in the group was very stimulating – slides were very clear too” “I enjoyed the practical aspect of the training and although I normally would not enjoy skills practice; I enjoyed working with smaller groups” “I like that the training gave me a format to follow and a better way of helping family members” “Excellent – would recommend. Evidence based practice – structured approach to working with FMs affected by drugs/alcohol” “Thank you to all of the staff of FSN as I really enjoyed the training. All staff are very nice and made the two days – fun & interactive”  

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