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Professional and short courses

Social Behaviour & Network Therapy (SBNT)

Learn about how our connections with others effect our ability to achieve.

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Explore the importance of social support in the recovery of addiction and other health and social related problems. Through a series of manualised sessions, it is designed to acknowledge and improve coping and communication for all those involved, thus supporting positive change, and preventing relapse.

York campus

  • Course leader – Sally Neal
  • Dates and times

    Wednesday 11 September 2024

     9.30am - 4pm

Course Fees

£100 per person

Course information

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for anyone working in health and social care, criminal justice, psychology and helping professions such as nursing, counsellors, therapists, coaches.
Investigate a therapy originally designed to help people successfully change substance use that can be adapted to help individuals reach their goals, whilst maintaining healthy relationships with those around them. 

What will I learn?

Through experiential learning, you will learn how to understand and develop an understanding of your social support network and how to translate this to your work setting. 
Learn the main principles of SBNT and how to put these into practice, along with understanding the core topics within this approach, with an emphasis on coping and communication. 
You will learn the key characteristics of an SBNT practitioner to enable you to use your existing skills and knowledge in a “Think Network” approach.  

Course leader biography

Sally Neal was a Lecturer Practitioner in the NHS and the University of Leeds which created an opportunity to both teach and practice evidence-based addiction therapy. 

Sally began learning and practicing Social Behaviour and Network Therapy (SBNT) back in 2007 and has utilised this approach in various settings. Sally is also trained in Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Subsequently Sally has trained and supervised others in these approaches too. Typically, Sally uses a combination of these approaches to help her clients achieve and maintain their treatment goals. 

Sally has specialised in working with those who have co-occurring mental illness with addiction problems, and previously in criminal justice, child protection and working with childbearing drug users. Sally was a clinical team manager for the Dual Diagnosis team and previously the Pregnancy and Parenting team in Leeds. Sally has a particular interest in enhanced risk assessments and responses to suicidality. Sally’s main interest lies in psychosocial interventions and how they can be optimised within a multi-disciplinary approach, and she currently offers training packages to organisations to optimise positive outcomes. 

Sally currently runs her own practice here in York and continues partnership work with several higher education establishments and treatment centres in the UK. 

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