A qualitative exploration of the relevance of training provision in planning for implementation of managed alcohol programs within a third sector setting

Wendy Masterton (Lead / Corresponding author), Hannah Carver, Hazel Booth, Peter McCulloch, Lee Ball, Laura Mitchell, Helen Murdoch, Bernie Pauly, Tessa Parkes

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Abstract

Background: Managed Alcohol Programs (MAPs) are a harm reduction strategy for people experiencing homelessness and alcohol dependence. Despite a growing evidence base, resistance to MAPs is apparent due to limited knowledge of alcohol harm reduction and the cultural preference for abstinence-based approaches. To address this, service managers working in a not-for-profit organization in Scotland designed and delivered a program of alcohol-specific staff training as part of a larger study exploring the potential implementation of MAPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Methods: Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 15 service managers and staff regarding their experiences of the training provided. Data were analyzed using Framework Analysis, and Lewin’s model of organizational change was applied to the findings to gain deeper theoretical insight into data relating to staff knowledge, training, and organizational change. 

Findings: Participants described increased knowledge about alcohol harm reduction and MAPs, as well as increased opportunities for conversations around cultural change. Findings highlight individual- and organizational-level change is required when implementing novel harm reduction interventions like MAPs. 

Conclusion: The findings have implications for the future implementation of MAPs in homelessness settings. Training can promote staff buy-in, facilitate the involvement of staff within the planning process, and change organizational culture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Early online date13 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 13 Feb 2024

Keywords

  • Alcohol
  • COVID-19
  • alcohol dependence
  • harm reduction
  • homelessness
  • managed alcohol programs
  • organizational change
  • qualitative
  • staff training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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