AddictologyIssue 4/2023
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Ferrer, X., Sierra, E., Aspa, J., Solanas, A., Amatller, O., Ovejero, M., Sandoval, P., & Calvo, F. (2023). Spanish university postgraduate training on addictions: The historic development and its current situation. Adiktologie, 23(4), 293–301.
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Spanish University Postgraduate Training on Addictions: The Historic Development and its Current Situation

BACKGROUND: Drug dependence is a public health problem that requires trained professionals to effectively address this issue. The aim of this study was to analyse postgraduate university training programs specialising in addictions in Spain.

METHODS: An exhaustive review of the scientific literature was conducted, and information was collected on university training programs specialising in addictions in Spain. A descriptive documentary analysis of the curricula of Master’s and other postgraduate degrees at Spanish universities was performed. Postgraduate and continuing education programs were considered. The inclusion criteria encompassed academic relevance and the availability of publicly accessible information pertaining to those programs.

RESULTS: Thirteen active university specialised training programs in addictions were identified across the country. These programs were offered in different universities and focused on theoretical and practical aspects related to addiction prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Some of them focused on specific areas, such as clinical or preventive approaches, or both. In addition, a variety of methodological approaches were observed, including face-to-face, online or blended learning; courses that included clinical placements and practical experience in specialised centres and others that did not.

CONCLUSIONS: This study provided an overview of specialised postgraduate university training programs in addictions in Spain. The results indicated that there are a variety of training options in the country, providing opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of addictions. However, it is important to further research and evaluate these programs to ensure their quality and effectiveness in preparing specialists in the treatment of drug dependence. It is recommended that universities, along with relevant subsidiary agencies such as ministries of health, public health organizations, research agencies linked to universities, specialized international organizations, and professional entities, continue to collaborate, and update training programs. This ongoing effort is essential to address current and future challenges in the field of addiction.

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