VSA Professional and Peer Mentor Training

VSA Professional and Peer Mentor Training

Re-Solv delivers training on volatile substance abuse (‘VSA’) to health, social care, housing, education and other services and support groups across the UK. We have over 35 years’ experience working in this field, which involves the misuse of gases such as butane and nitrous oxide, and solvents such as petrol.

There are four types of training available:

  • Face-to-face training in-house at your organisation – please note that this has had to be suspended for the time being due to COVID-19.
  • Interactive webinar training
  • Recorded webinar training
  • Self-guided training

Interactive webinar training

Led by Nicola Jones, our interactive training is delivered via Zoom webinar. These are professional training sessions which run from 9.30 am to 12 noon. If you would like to book a training webinar for your organisation, please phone 01785 817885 or email v.leigh@re-solv.org for details. We recommend a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 participants per webinar.

Training is free of charge in England and Scotland, thanks to our funders: Corra Foundation, The Henry Smith Charity, Lloyds Bank Foundation and The Tudor Trust.

Recorded webinar training

If you’d like to complete training in your own time but would prefer it to be trainer-led, our free recorded training programme takes approximately 3 hours to complete. A workbook is provided and if you’d like to email this to us on completion, we will email you your certificate and a copy of our VSA Handbook. For the training link, password, and resource materials please email v.leigh@re-solv.org.

Self-guided training

While our face-to-face training is suspended, we also have a free self-guided training programme available.

You can either print out the pdf and use it as a worksheet, or use this version which you can fill in. Alternatively, you are welcome to work through the training online and just make your own notes at home – whichever works best for you. If you want to complete the pdf and either post it or email it back to us, we will email you feedback and a certificate. Our postal address is Re-Solv, 30a High Street, Stone, ST15 8AW and the email to use is info@re-solv.org. Don’t forget to provide us with your email address so that we can send you a certificate.

Click here to download the pdf or click here to download the version you can fill in. Good luck!

Substance Misuse Services: Assessing for VSA

Please can you help us by routinely including VSA in any assessment. It is often a secondary or tertiary substance that clients are using and they may not think to mention it alongside illicit drug use.

On TOPS forms, please could you specify the product being misused. The revised NDTMS categories for solvent and volatile substance abuse are: gas (butane/propane), aerosols, nitrous oxide, poppers, petrol, glue, acetone, other solvents.

Professional resources

  • A guide to assessing for solvent and volatile substance abuse is also available here.
  • An A4 poster, intended for in-service notice boards, with information about solvent abuse for adult users can be printed off here.
  • For services in Scotland, this e-learning resource was developed in association with NHS Scotland.

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