What we offer

We currently offer two skills–orientated short courses:

Attendees of these courses receive a certificate of attendance from Leeds Addiction Unit. If you are seeking more in–depth training you might wish to consider one of our assessed modules (accredited by University of Leeds) described in our prospectus available via our homepage.

In addition to these short courses, all of our practice–based modules may be undertaken on a non–assessed basis. Students electing to study modules without assessment receive a certificate of attendance. The cost will be on a par with the day rate for our short courses.


All courses take place in The Coach House, Leeds Addiction Unit, 19 Springfield Mount, Leeds, LS2 9NG. Location details (and downloadable maps) can be found on our contact page.

Further information

Our Short Course Information booklet contains course dates, costs and an application form. Alternatively, please contact us at the address below.

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Four day course

An Introduction to Motivational Interviewing


To develop an in–depth understanding of motivational change in relation to substance use. To develop an ability to begin practising motivational interviewing skills, techniques and strategies in relation to behaviour change.


Motivational interviewing has proven effectiveness in the substance misuse field and is widely applicable to a number of behavioural change settings. This course comprises four days training in the theory and practice of motivational interviewing.


For people who require basic motivational interviewing training. The course will focus upon the acquisition of knowledge and skills for the treatment of problem alcohol and drug use. It will be relevant to similar behavioural problems.

Two day workshop

Advanced Motivational Interviewing


To refresh existing skills and strengthen motivational interviewing practice. By the end of the course students will be able to apply the intervention to complex cases and to supervising the motivational interviewing practice of others.


The course offers training in the advanced practice of motivational interviewing.


For people who have completed an introductory course, who use motivational interviewing in their everyday practice and wish to strengthen the application of core skills and strategies with complex cases. Complex cases may include working with mandated/coerced clients, safeguarding children, dual diagnosis and other complexity. We welcome professionals who work with service users where motivation to change is a challenge. The second part of the course will focus on the supervision of motivational interviewing practice.

Bespoke training

In addition to the above courses we regularly deliver tailor–made training to commissioners, NHS Trusts, addiction agencies and other organisations in the UK and Éire. Why not call for an informal chat about how we can help you, your employees and volunteers.

For further information contact:

Andrew G Lawrence
Leeds Addiction Unit
19 Springfield Mount
0113 855 9591

The provision of our short courses is subject to the enrolment of sufficient numbers of students and the maintenance of satisfactory conditions. We reserve the right to replace the advertised tutors where it is found to be unavoidable or to make other changes that may be deemed necessary due to unforeseen circumstances.