5-STEP METHODBlog Resources
What is the 5-Step Method?
Key aspects and principles of the 5-Step Method
- 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.
- 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
- 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:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the Stress-Strain-Coping-Support model and the 5-Step Method.
- Demonstrate proficient delivery of the 5-Step Method with adult family members
- Participate in skills practice, group exercises and discussion to support new skills learned.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the self-assessment and peer-assessment process.
- 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”