Who: the trainers Professor David Best BA Hons (1st Class) in Psychology (Strathclyde University), MSc with Distinction in Criminology (London School of Economics), PhD in the Social Psychology of Addictions (Strathclyde University) is a leading figure in the international research and policy movement around recovery from alcohol and drug problems, with his primary research interests being round recovery and social justice, including issues of stigma and inclusion for offenders and substance users.. He has published about 150 peer-reviewed papers, over 50 policy and research reports and authored 3 books on addiction recovery. He is professor of criminology at Sheffield Hallam University and has studied and researched at a range of academic institutions – Strathclyde University, London School of Economics, the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, Birmingham University, Griffith University (Queensland, Australia), University of the West of Scotland, Monash University (Victoria, Austrailia) and Sheffield Hallam University. He has also led Policy Research Teams at the Police Complaints Authority and the National Treatment Agency. And he worked with the Prime Ministers Delivery Unit, the Scottish Government and the Victorian Government. David is also a director of the US Recovery Research Institute, co-chair of Sheffield Addiction Recovery Research Group, founder and co-chair of Recovery Academy Australia. Professor Stephen Bevan is director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness at The Work Foundation and an honorary professor at Lancaster University. He has researched high-performance work practices, employee reward strategy, staff engagement and retention. He has a special interest in workforce health and wellbeing, leading national and international projects focusing on workforce health and the impact of chronic illness on productivity and social inclusion. Stephen is an adviser to UK government departments and has advised employers and policymakers in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Australasia and North America. In 2014 he was named the 6th most influential HR thinker in the UK. Stephen is a reviewer for several academic journals, including The Lancet, a regular columnist for HR Magazine, a judge at the Global Healthy Workplace Awards and is a member of Public Health England’s Health & Work Advisory Board and the Health and Work Group of the Public Health Responsibility Deal. Stephen is Chair of the UK Fit for Work Coalition and Director of The Work Foundation’s Health at Work Policy Unit. For two decades, Deirdre Boyd has been a leader in the field of recovery from addiction, with an international reputation. Based in the UK, she heads up DB Recovery Resources which supplies a daily news service to the international alcohol/drug-treatment field on addiction recovery, publishes Recovery Plus e-mag and print journal, and organises Recovery Plus which last year became the UK’s most successful symposium on how to recover from addiction She has spoken at the All Party Parliamentary Drugs Misuse Group, been quoted in House of Commons and House of Lords debates on alcohol and drugs, and contributed to the Drug Policy 2010 and Select Committees. She authored ‘Addiction & Recovery: self-help for friends, families and addicts’, which was translated into 7 languages. Deirdre serves on the board of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (UK), sits on the Centre for Policy Studies’ Addictions committee, served on IC&RC’s Advisory Council, and is collaborating with the Work Foundation to create a briefing paper for the UK government on addiction and recovery in the workplace. She was voted by the public to receive the Directory of Social Change Influencer Of The Year Award 2012. The International Council on Alcohol & Addictions presented her with the ‘Dr Vincent Bakeman Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Services’. Formerly and for over 20 years, she worked as CEO of the Addiction Recovery Foundation and was editor of Addiction Today journal. Earlier, Deirdre facilitated women’s groups at the Drug & Alcohol foundation after training in integrative psychotherapy. She was on the Employee Assistance Programme Association steering group. Before entering the substance-misuse field in 1993, Deirdre worked in the PR departments of charities such as the Sick Children’s Trust and was development officer for Mensa.
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