Next Introduction to Substance Abuse workshop

Our next  Introduction to Substance Abuse workshop  will take place on  21 June from 9am until 1pm at the Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre. 

We will be covering the following topics and leaving ample time for questions and discussion:

 •       What is recovery?

•        Classification of substances

•        The Disease Model

•        Addict behaviour

•        Ambivalence

•        Cravings

•        Stages of change

•        Motivation

•        Boundaries

•        Risk factors

•        Protective factors

•        Problematic family roles

Light refreshments will be served. The cost per person is R575.

Please contact us for registration at


Booking form must accompany proof of payment  

Call: 021 4478026 Fax: 0862409963 email

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Acc. Name: Cape Town Drug Counselling Centre

Bank Name: Standard Bank

Branch Code: 024909

Account No.: 071 362 282

Type: Cheque

Reference: Your cell No.

About the facilitator

Natalie Bossi has an Honours degree in Psychology and a post graduate diploma in Addictions Care from UCT. She has provided training to gambling staff as well as employees in the public and private sector for the South African Responsible Gambling Foundation for seven years. She has counselled gambling addicts and their family and  has trained many in Motivational Interviewing, an evidence based treatment modality used in treating addiction disorders.

Please Note:

These courses do not qualify participants to work as counsellors. Certificates of Participation will be issued on completion. 

CPD Points!

The South African Council for Social Service Professions has accredited both our Motivational Interviewing and Understanding Addictive Behaviours workshops with 8 CPD points. This means that when you attend either of these workshops you will be awarded 8 CPD points

Please see our events page to view our training calendar for 2018.

This is the more community focused side of our centre, through which much needed training is offered around substance use, addiction, how to assist a user, compiling substance abuse policies, as well as providing specialist training in this field for qualified individuals.

To educate, inform and enlighten

There are qualified trainers dedicated to this department who have specialised training and experience in the field of addiction and substance use. These trainers assist:

  • The workplace
  • Schools
  • Families
  • Communities
  • Professionals

There are a range of courses on offer and new courses are developed according to need.

Currently we offer the following courses and workshops:

  • Introduction to Substance Abuse           (half day workshop)
  • Understanding Addictive Behaviours       (two day course)
  • Motivational Interviewing                        (two day course)
  • Drug Testing                                         (two hour workshop)
  • Family workshop                                   (half day workshop)
  • Substance Awareness Talk                    (one hour talk)

Workshops in 2018

We have an exciting 2018 lined up in terms of training.

Our Introduction to Substance Abuse half day course will continue to be conducted monthly. This is a short and general overview of addiction.

Our two -day Understanding Addictive Behaviours workshop will run every second month, starting on the 29th and 30th of January , as well the two day Motivational Interviewing workshop every alternate month, starting on the 5th and 6th of February. Both of these workshops are beneficial to anyone in the mental health industry seeking to understand more about addiction and wanting to improve their counselling skills.

We have added two more training offerings to our menu. They are a short but crucial two hour workshop in Drug Testing, which we will provide clients practical instruction on how to conduct testing and the pitfalls associated with this. In addition, we now offer a one hour Substance Abuse Awareness Talk.

In our continued commitment to serving communities, we offer a discounted price for NPO’s and NGO’s which is negotiable, depending on mutual affordability. All our courses are available to be run on-site and on demand. Please contact us on