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Queen’s University Medical Students Complete Placement with ASCERT

ASCERT was delighted to welcome Claire Eastwood and Jordan Wright, two third year medical students from Queen’s University Belfast recently who spent three weeks on placement with us to gain a more in-depth understanding of drug and alcohol misuse in the community.

QUB students on placement with ASCERT

The students worked with a number of ASCERT’s staff across different services and took part in a wide range of activities in order to increase their knowledge in relation to the social model of addiction.  They attended a number of our substance misuse training courses; shadowed one-to-one sessions with clients attending our Alcohol and You and DAISY services; met with keyworkers to discuss the services we provide and the complexity of the work we do as well as meeting with other organisations to gain an understanding of the range of services available.


To mark the end of their placement period, Claire and Jordan presented their learning to ASCERT staff and made comparisons between the disease model and social model of addiction.


Speaking about the students’ time with ASCERT, Alcohol and You, Service Manager Colleen O’Hagan said:

“ASCERT provides a number of placements for medical and social work students each year and it has been a pleasure to facilitate Claire and Jordan over the past few weeks. These young people are our future doctors and they will inevitably be in contact with people affected by substance use issues at some point. We want them to be able to understand how community based services and social models of intervention work, complementing the medical model they will learn in their training. During their placement with us they were able to shadow our practitioners and meet service users, which will have provided them with a richer understanding of how alcohol or drug use impacts individuals and their families and the models of practice we use to support them. I wish them well in their future studies.”


Speaking about the experience Claire said:


“I found my time with ASCERT very worthwhile – it has helped me to understand the range of drug and alcohol support services available including those provided by ASCERT, and the importance of being familiar with these.”


Jordan said:

“This placement has helped me to understand the importance of looking beyond the disease model to consider why a person might use substances within the context of the biopsychosocial model.”

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