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.

During the Coronavirus pandemic

All our face-to-face training has had to be suspended for the present. However, we have put together a self-guided training programme that we hope you might find helpful in the meantime.

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!

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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