Virtual Induction Ceremony for ISSUP Philippines New Board of Trustees and Officers

On August 20, 2020, ISSUP Phils made history by holding the first ever Virtual Induction of the newly elected Board of Trustees and Officers with the theme: One in Purpose, One in Action.

Inducted were Teresita “Chit” Castillo (Chairman and President), Tito Noel “Tito” Mora (Corporate Secretary), Ma. Elena “Malyn” Cristobal (Treasurer), Jerry Joseph “Jay” Valderrama (Trustee), Susan Grace Rivera “Susan” (Trustee), and ex-officio member Eddie “Ed” Castillo (Chairman Emeritus). With their extensive experience and passion for helping others, this new breed of leaders aims to bring direction to the practice and profession of prevention and treatment of substance abuse. 

The event gathered both national and international professionals in the field of recovery who all came together to usher in the new set of officers.

The Guest of Honor and Speaker was Catalino S. Cuy, the Chairperson of the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB). He affirmed the DDB’s continuous and long-running support of ISSUP’s programs and advocacies. His heartwarming message spoke of a continued and more meaningful collaboration between government and those in the helping profession. 

To represent ISSUP’s 12,000-strong international network of members, Ms. Livia Eddeger joined the event live from Germany. She introduced the organization and its global programs and goals in partnership with other international stakeholders. 

The charging officer was the pioneering Executive Director of ISSUP, Jeff Lee, who streamed live from the UK. Before he inducted the new members of the board, he spoke of how, though much may have been done, much is still yet to be done. Drug demand reduction is a multi-disciplinary and cross-border concern. It is a dangerous profession to be in, yet it is filled with those who have heard and heeded a call to service despite the threat to their personal safety and security. 

To end the session on a hopeful note, the participants from different parts of the world unmuted their mics and activated their cameras to sing Michael Jackson’s, “Heal the World”, and their voices reverberated across the different screens. 

Although the current global pandemic may have curtailed many plans and activities, ISSUP Global and ISSUP, Philippines are undaunted in their mission to spread the hope of recovery.

Watch the ISSUP Philippines Virtual Induction Ceremony Here 


ISSUP, Philippines New Board & Officers for 2020

UTC 4 Basic Counseling Skills Training, July 20-31, 2020

Continuing their commitment to promote the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC), Serenity in the Steps conducted a “Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals (UTC 4)" training session. It was delivered in a live training format with blended online components over a 10-day period. Clients of Serenity in the Steps were trained for recovery coach or peer support specialist credentials, among others, in Baguio City, Philippines. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and with quarantine measures in place, Serenity in the Steps successfully blended online and live training techniques to approximate a live classroom experience as close as possible.

Motivational Interviewing Course: Assisting Patients in Making Sustainable Positive Lifestyle Changes

We invite you to register for this free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI). The three week long series is presented by Igor Koutsenok, MD, MS, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Department of Psychiatry.

Igor Koutsenok ISSUP Motivational Interviewing

Motivational Interviewing is an essential, client-centered, counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. We are absolutely thrilled to bring you this skills-building opportunity presented by a recognized expert in the field of MI.

The course consists of four sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all sessions.

Course Description

This is a training in evidence-based clinical methods of motivational interviewing (MI). After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationships in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.     

Course Objectives

The goal is to provide knowledge and practical skill training for various practitioners on effective ways to enhance motivation of patients with substance use disorders that require significant behavioral changes to initiate and sustain positive and healthy behavioral choices. Skill building, and experiential training will be emphasized throughout the course by exercises to develop a therapeutic alliance with patients, assess patient needs, level of engagement in treatment process, structure treatment sessions, select appropriate interventions, and assist patient in maintaining motivation for a sustainable behavioral change.

Participants will learn the basic and advanced skills in motivational interviewing and strategies for engaging patients in collaborative relationship in treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. The course will:

  1. Help participants to acquire a systemic perspective of motivational interviewing and other motivational enhancement strategies;
  2. Build necessary clinical skills and attitudes to implement new strategies in working with ambivalent patients.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, every participant will be able to:

  1. Describe all the aspects of the spirit of MI
  2. Explain the differences between MI and other counselling strategies
  3. Demonstrate the ability to respond to clients with reflective listening statements
  4. Identify change talk within client speech
  5. Generate open questions designed to elicit change talk
  6. Generate MI-consistent responses to client resistant statements
  7. Differentiate commitment language from other forms of change talk
  8. Provide and empathetic summary statements collecting change talk

Course Content, Dates & Registration

Session 1: Thursday June 4th 2020

Motivational Interviewing: Basic Understanding

After orientation to the underlying spirit and principles of MI, practical exercises will help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.  

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction: Motivation and behavioral change in addiction medicine
  • Review of the concepts of Ambivalence, Stages of change, the righting reflex, limits of persuasion.
  • Spirit of MI
  • Expressing empathy
  • Roadblocks to communication
  • Four Processes in MI

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

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Session 2: Thursday June 11th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI - OARS

This session will focus on Fundamental Skills in MI (OARS), providing practical exercises to help participants to strengthen empathy skills, recognize and elicit change talk, and roll with resistance. Participants will learn strategies for engaging patients in a collaborative relationship in the treatment process and assist them in achieving sustainable positive behavioral changes. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building a therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes. Integration of MI with other treatment modalities will be considered.    

Learning outcomes:

  • Open and closed ended questions
  • Affirmations
  • Summaries
  • Rowing with OARS

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third session will continue to focus on MI fundamentals, with a focus on more advanced skills and the integration of MI with other strategies and treatment modalities. Research evidence will be reviewed for the efficacy of MI and for the importance of building therapeutic relationship in clients’ outcomes.       

Learning outcomes:

  • Recognition and responding to change talk and sustain talk
  • Forming reflections
  • Levels of reflections
  • Recognizing readiness
  • Initial and intermediate planning
  • Integration with other skills and strategies

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

Session 4: Friday June 19th 2020

The fourth and final session will continue to build on MI Fundamentals covered in Session 3, increasing your knowledge of advanced MI skills.

Time: 9am Pacific / 12pm Eastern / 5pm London

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording 

We look forward to you joining us for these virtual sessions! Please contact info [at] issup [dot] net if you have any questions.

About Professor Koutsenok

Dr. Igor Koutsenok is а Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California San Diego, Director of the Center for Addiction Research, Training and Application, Director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR International Addiction Technology Transfer Center-Ukraine, and a co-director of the SAMHSA PEPFAR South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center. He is also a Vice-President of the International Consortium of Universities on Drug Demand Reduction.

In 1983 he graduated as a medical doctor from the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986, he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he received a degree in addiction psychiatry at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School. In 1996, he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. In 2013-2016 he served as Chief of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna.

Over the last 25 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of multiple training and technical assistance programs for mental health and addiction treatment practitioners, primary health care and social work practitioners, criminal justice professionals in the United States and around the world. He is also directing the UCSD Summer Clinical Institute - the second longest running Summer Institute in the United States (over 40 years). Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). 

For many years, Dr. Koutsenok taught general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He is a recipient of numerous national and international awards. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications, one monograph, and contributed to 4 book. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and more than 40 countries around the world. He is a proud father of three.

Formation SUD pour les institutions de justice pénale et les universités des Philippines

La 8e itération du trouble lié à la consommation de substances ( SUD ) Formation pour les institutions de justice pénale et les universités des Philippines – Formation par pas sur le programme de traitement universel ( UTC ) 1 & 2 et le développement des systèmes communautaires de soutien au rétablissement ( DCBSS ) Curriculum a eu lieu le 3 au 13 février dernier au Novotel Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.

Cette 1ère initiative de formation pour 2020 est soutenue par le Programme consultatif sur les drogues du Plan colombo et financée par l’International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, ambassade des États-Unis à Manille. Vingt et un participants à ce cycle ont subi un processus de vérification avant d’être sélectionnés pour y assister. Divers organismes de la Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), de la Police nationale des Philippines (PNP) et des unités gouvernementales locales (LGU) étaient représentés.

La formation vise à mieux comprendre les participants sur la nature multifactorielle de la consommation de substances et sur la façon dont le système de justice pénale peut fournir un soutien communautaire aux personnes atteintes de troubles liés à la consommation d’alcool ou d’autres drogues et sur la façon dont les institutions de justice pénale peuvent appuyer le traitement et le rétablissement des personnes touchées.

M. Erry Wijoyo, responsable du DAP, a été coordonnateur de projet pour cette initiative de formation. Les facilitateurs pour UTC 1 & 2 étaient des formateurs de maîtres mondiaux / membres de la section PHILSUP : Katherine Dela Cruz, Edna Luz Abulon et Jay Valderrama; pour Community Based Recovery Support System: Teresita Castillo, Sarah Araullo et Jayvee Aquino.

Les cérémonies de clôture des deux programmes ont été honorées par M. Brandon Hudspeth, directeur de l’ambassade inl-us à Manille, membre permanent du Conseil des drogues dangereuses, Usec. Benjamin Reyes, et les fonctionnaires de la Phil Drug Enforcement Agency ( PDEA ) et Phil National Police (PNP).  Atty. Jona Santos de l’ambassade américaine INL Manille et Veronica Felipe anciens directeurs du PC DAP étaient également présents.

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles sur l’auto-soin authentique pour les professionnels de la toxicomanie

Ce webinaire se concentre sur la question de l’auto-soin des professionnels de la toxicomanie et a été livré par le directeur adjoint de l’ICUDDDR, Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Beaucoup d’entre nous sont attirés par le travail dans le domaine des troubles liés à la consommation de substances en raison de notre histoire, de notre famille et de nos traits personnels, comme la compassion et l’empathie. Bien que ceux-ci puissent être de grands atouts, ils peuvent également nous nuire personnellement.

Dans ce webinaire, Cary explique comment identifier les traits sains et malsains, comment nous pouvons prendre soin de nous-mêmes, et à quoi ressemble l’auto-soin authentique.

Cary travaille dans le domaine des troubles liés à la consommation de substances depuis 18 ans. Elle est passionnée par l’aide aux professionnels dans ce domaine pour prendre soin d’eux-mêmes afin qu’ils puissent prospérer et aider ceux qui sont dans le besoin. Cary a travaillé dans le domaine des soins directs à but non lucratif aux États-Unis, a dirigé des programmes de traitement en établissement, en consultation externe et en justice pénale et a formé et encadré d’autres professionnels de la consommation d’alcool et d’autres drogues. Elle est maintenant directrice adjointe du Consortium international des universités pour la réduction de la demande de médicaments (ICUDDR) et soutient l’élaboration de programmes d’études sur la toxicomanie dans le monde entier. Elle est formatrice mondiale dans le programme de traitement universel (UTC).

Enregistré le 13 mars 2020

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Formation UTC 1 et 2 à Baguio

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Voici une occasion d’être formé dans les cours d’entrée de gamme de la série de formation Universal Treatment Curriculum à 5000 pieds au-dessus du niveau de la mer dans la station balnéaire de montagne de Baguio, Philippines


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La série de formation UTC du Système de justice pénale

Il y a eu de vastes sessions de formation aux Philippines sur le système de justice pénale UTC.

La formation encourage toute une approche gouvernementale fondée sur des preuves et est gracieuseté de l’INL Manille - Ambassade des États-Unis.

D’autres villes philippines se joignent au train en marche de l’UTC

Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program Education Provider et membre pionnier de l’ISSUP, Serenity in the Steps, a organisé une formation de 6 jours sur le programme universel de traitement pour trois grands conseils philippins de lutte contre l’abus de drogues de la ville des Philippines du 7 au 12 octobre 2019. La ville de Makati, la ville de Cebu et les intervenants de la municipalité d’Agoo ont participé à deux des premiers d’une série de formations utC qui équiperaient leurs programmes de rétablissement communautaires respectifs d’outils fondés sur des preuves.

Les formations UTC 1 (Pharmacology and Physiology for Addiction Professionals) et UTC 2 (Continuum of Care for Addiction Professionals) ont eu lieu dans la zone de villégiature de montagne du pays, baguio City. Il a été organisé et hébergé par Serenity in the Steps, un service de récupération de la toxicomanie et de conseil. Les animateurs étaient les formateurs de Colombo Plan Master Junjun Abella RGC, RC , ICAP III, Veronica Felipe RPSY ICAP I et co-animé par les professionnels de la toxicomanie certifiés internationalement Sarah Araullo RC ICAP II, et Keith Errol Navarroza RC ICAP I.

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ISSUP Philippines participe à la Conférence mondiale isSUP à Vienne

L’ISSUP Philippines était bien représentée lors de la dernière Conférence mondiale de l’ISSUP « Conférence internationale sur la prévention et les soins des drogues : inspiration et direction » qui s’est tenue du 1er au 5 juillet 2019 au Centre international de Vienne (VIC). Grâce au financement de l’ambassade des États-Unis, des représentants de Manille de divers organismes gouvernementaux, dont le Dangerous Drugs Board, la police nationale philippine, le ministère de l’Intérieur et les Gouvernements locaux, la Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, le ministère de la Santé et des sociétés civiques telles que la CADCA, ont participé à la conférence de cinq jours.

Membres du conseil d’administration de l’ISSUP Philippines, Junjun Abella de Serenity in the Steps, Ma. Veronica Felipe, du Programme consultatif sur les drogues de Colombo Plan, et Teresita Castillo, de la Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc. ont participé à la conférence. Junjun et Teresita ont également participé aux réunions de la section nationale de l’ISSUP.

La conférence mondiale de l’ISSUP a servi de plate-forme pour une discussion solide sur la réduction de l’offre et de la demande de médicaments dans les contextes philippins.

Philippines Journal of Psychology

It is with pride that the very first special issue of the Philippines Journal of Psychology of the Philippine Psychological Association included our very own Global Drug Demand Reduction ( DDR ) Trainer, THERESE C. CASTILLO of Seagulls Flight.

The Philippine Journal of Psychology Special Issue on Drug Use and Recovery is now available online! Access it here and click on:

Volume 52 No. 1 June 2019


Sulong Kabataan: Design, Pilot Implementation, and Evaluation of a Youth Substance Abuse Prevention Program
Danielle P. Ochoa, Lorelie Ann Banzon-Librojo, Samantha Erika N. Mendez & Liane Peña Alampay | pp. 5-37

A Narrative Analysis of the Experiences of Barangay Officials Involved in Community-Based Drug Rehabilitation
Mark Angelo D. Allado, Norman Gabrielle M. Gumba, Kyla Jann Melo & Ma. Regina M. Hechanova | pp. 39-64

Evaluation of the Training and Pilot Implementation of Katatagan Kontra Droga sa Komunidad
Ma. Regina M. Hechanova, Arsenio S. Alianan, Mendiola T. Calleja, Avegale C. Acosta & Camille C. Yusay | pp. 65-101

The Recovery Experience: Stress, Recovery Capital, and Personal Views on Addiction and Recovery in Posttreatment Addiction Recovery
Therese C. Castillo & Ron Resurreccion | pp. 103-126

Lived Experiences of Stigma Among Filipino Former Drug Dependents: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
Angela Lorraine P. Cunanan & Homer J. Yabut | pp. 127-154

Engaging the Family in Recovery: Outcomes of a Community-Based Family Intervention
Katrine S. Bunagan, Chantal Ellis S. Tabo, Violeta V. Bautista, Maria Isabel E. Melgar, Trixia Anne C. Co & Ma. Regina M. Hechanova | pp. 155-183

Dispositional Mindfulness and Relapse Vulnerability as Mediated by Self-Efficacy Among Persons in Recovery From Substance Use Disorders
Niño B. Galacgac & Maria Caridad H. Tarroja | pp. 185-208

Narratives of Identity Reconstruction Among Recovering Drug Dependents
Juan Lorenzo D. Santos, Welison Evenston G. Ty, Patricia Ellyn C. Tolentino & Raya Sofia A. Teston | pp. 209-238