VSA Professional and Peer Mentor Training

VSA Professional and Peer Mentor Training

Re-Solv delivers professional training on volatile substance abuse (VSA) across the UK. We have over 35 years’ experience working in the field of volatile substance abuse (‘solvent abuse’ or ‘VSA’) – the misuse of gases such as butane and nitrous oxide, and solvents such as petrol.

We deliver multidisciplinary professional training to substance misuse and mental health services, wrap-around and family services, peer mentors and support/recovery groups anywhere in the UK.

Who is the training suitable for?

Our training programmes are suitable for professionals, peer mentors and volunteers in any field who may be working with clients experiencing difficulties with solvent abuse.

The programme aims to:

  • increase knowledge and understanding of the current issues that VSA presents to substance misuse and support services.
  • increase competence and confidence in recognising, assessing and effectively treating this often hidden form of misuse.

Full information is available here, or just email or phone 01785 817885 for details.

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

Assessing for VSA

Please routinely include 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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