- To understand the nature and effects of ketamine and how this can result in ketamine bladder syndrome and ketamine dependency syndrome.
- To review the history of ketamine use in the UK, and consider the different generations of ketamine consumers, their using patterns and risk profiles.
- To develop skills in delivering triage assessment, harm reduction advice and onward referral to people experiencing problems with ketamine.
The course normally runs from 09:30 – 16:30 with a one-hour lunch break and two 20-minute tea breaks. Participants will receive advance reading to prepare for the course and be introduced to open-source practice tools.
About the trainers
Mat Southwell was one of the first generation of harm reduction workers in the UK. He has a special interest in stimulants contributing to the recent UNODC guidelines on Stimulants and HIV. He has developed a special expertise in developing responses to emerging drug trends using a combination of peer expertise and professional networking.
Mat will be supported by a Peer Trainer from the #SFTHM. #SFTHM is group of the current generation of ketamine users who are developing “A Ketamine Users Guide” which will underpin a peer education programme using private peer webinars or videos to disseminate harm reduction messages through peer networks. This will spread knowledge about the prevention and management of ketamine bladder and ketamine dependency syndromes. This training course is part of comprehensive response to ensure that people who use ketamine are met by understanding and informed drug workers, as the peer support project encourages the many struggling ketamine users to seek help with the deep problems they are experiencing. You can find out more about #SFTHM project in this article from Drink and Drug News. Each course will make a donation to #SFTHM.