For Professionals

Referral process

Thresholds for referrals – All referrals will be considered on the basis there is either drug use, alcohol use, or gambling. Early intervention is one of our primary goals.

How do I refer? It can be as easy as a telephone referral or an email. Simply provide the contact details, and a summary of the client’s situation and reason for referral. Please remember to include any risk factors that we need to be aware of and whether the client is aware of the referral.

Dual diagnosis – We understand that substance use and other symptoms, such as depression and anxiety, often go hand in hand. We can work with dual diagnosis and where necessary will liaise with psychiatric services as part of our risk framework.

Information sharing

We understand the importance of working in partnership to provide effective efficient services that seek to reduce risk. Our agreement with the client is that we will work transparently and this means that we may need to share information to provide the most appropriate service. If we require information from you relating to a service user this will be made under the provision of the GDPR (Guernsey Law). Equally any information request will be addressed within this legal framework.

Professional Standards

Independence is a member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Practitioners, the professional body for the substance use field.

Independence staff comply with the FDAP professional standards and work to the FDAP code of practice.

Independence counsellors have received training which complies with the standards set out by the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB) and are members of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) or the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP).

Staff are committed to ongoing professional development as evidence of maintaining professional standards and competence to practice.

All staff and volunteers receive regular clinical supervision as required by their professional registrations.