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Joy Barlow

 Joy Barlow is the Head of STRADA (Scottish Training – Drugs and Alcohol). Prior to developing STRADA, she was responsible for the design, development and management of residential and outreach treatment services for substance-dependent women and their children. She was awarded an MBE in 1998 for services to innovative drug prevention and treatment initiatives. She was a long-standing member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, and of the Scottish Advisory Committee on Drug Misuse. Joy is formerly the chair of I-ThETA (International Think-tank on Education and Training in Addiction), and is a member of the Executive Group. She was a member of the Independent Enquiry Team – “Melting the iceberg of Scotland’s drug and alcohol problem”.


STRADA is the leading Scottish workforce development organisation supporting those working with and affected by drug and alcohol misuse and is a partnership between the University of Glasgow and DrugScope. It works to improve the competence of staff working in the substance misuse field in order that the interventions available locally aid the recovery of those affected by substance misuse.

STRADA provides continuous professional development programmes; practice-based workshops for skill development and bespoke/commissioned courses. It also runs academically accredited programmes at the University of Glasgow.

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