UNODC together with IKAI Conducted a Remote Training on UTC 4 “Basic Counselling for Addiction Professionals” in Indonesia

UNODC Indonesia together with the Indonesian Association of Addiction Counselors (IKAI) organised a remote training on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Basic Counseling for Addiction Professionals in September 2020. Since 2019, UNODC and IKAI have already an agreement on the training implementation using evidence-based materials to strengthen the capacities of the drug treatment workforce especially for those who already registered as IKAI’s member.

After days of preparation, finally the first remote training on UTC Basic Counseling for Addiction Professionals was successfully organised from 12 to 20 June 2020. This training was attended by 37 participants from various backgrounds such as, counselors, nurses and social workers both from Government and Non-Government Rehabilitation services.

Even though challenges were faced with the remote-training format, especially when it comes to the aspects of interactivity and skills-based learning, participants were able to enhance their knowledge on the fundamental skills on SUD treatment with an average knowledge increase from 7.37 to 10.32 points (an increase of 20%).

Overall, this UTC Basic Counseling for Addiction Professionals training provided participants with the foundational knowledge and skills on SUD treatment. This will enable any drug dependence treatment and care organization to acquire evidence-based practices and current knowledge in the field SUD treatment whilst adhering to global drug dependence treatment and care standards.

UNODC Indonesia Conducted a Virtual Dissemination of the Final-Results of the Feasibility Study on Newly Developed Module called UN Treatnet Family (TF)

Cannabis is the most commonly used drug among adolescents in Indonesia and at global level. Drugs and other substance use disorders are often associated with co-morbid health disorders such as anxiety, depression and disruptive behaviour disorders in adolescents. In low- and middle-income countries, adolescents with drug and other substance use disorders and their families have little or no access to effective treatment for drug use disorders.

In response, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed and field tested the Treatnet Family training materials on elements of family therapy for adolescents with drug use disorders including those in contact with the criminal justice system. The overall objective of this study is to determine the feasibility of delivering Treatnet Family (TF) in community settings in Indonesia. Another objective was to examine the impact of TF among adolescents with substance use disorders (SUDs)/problematic substance use in reducing their substance consumption and substance-related activities, as well as in improving their psychological wellbeing and communication within the family.

Initial study results demonstrate that the intervention can be effectively used by practitioners in community settings. Moreover, participating adolescents showed a significant reduction in substance use and substance-use related problems, from pre-TF to follow-up. The number of adolescents who smoked cigarettes, consumed marijuana and amphetamine showed a slight reduction across time. Participating in TF sessions also led to significant changes in adolescent’s involvement with friends who conducted specific antisocial behavior such as skipping school without permission, drinking alcohol regularly, and showing signs of violence. The parents observed positive changes in the adolescents such as willingness to spend more time with them, being more obedient, improved communication, helpful with chores, increased motivation to study, showed changes in their sleeping patterns, and changes in late-night hang out habits.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the dissemination to national counterparts of the positive and encouraging findings of the UN TF Indonesia feasibility study, was conducted virtually.

This online event was held on September 18th, 2020 and it was attended by thirty-six (36) officials from nine (9) agencies and ministries with three (3) speakers, and three (3) officials from UNODC.  The UNODC Country Manager for the Programme Office Indonesia inaugurated the event with opening remarks and welcomed all attendees, including representatives from the National Narcotics Board (BNN), the Ministry of Social Affairs (MoSA), the Ministry of Health (MoH), the Indonesian Association of Addiction Counselors (IKAI), and government-based treatment centres.

Additional three presentations were held by the BNN and two National Research Partners (NRPs). The BNN representative highlighted from a policy perspective the role of family in supporting its member with drug related problems, followed by the presentations of NRPs that outlined study findings from East and North of Jakarta.

After a Q&A session, this event was concluded with statements from BNN, MoSA and MoH, in which they agreed to have further discussions to initiate and strengthen a process of collaboration on the UNODC TF programme and national level family-based initiatives and to support each other in the implementation of the national drug demand reduction strategy.

Abhipraya Foundation Menyelenggarakan Webinar untuk Praktisi dan Penggiat di Bidang Adiksi Napza Pada Masa Pandemi COVID 19.

Yayasan Abhipraya (Abhipraya Foundation) sebagai organisasi nonprofit yang bergerak di bidang pencegahan dan penanganan adiksi Napza di Indonesia bermaksud menjawab kebutuhan mengenai perubahan kebijakan dan tantangan bidang adiksi dan kesehatan mental di era pandemi dengan menyelenggarakan sebuah webinar kesehatan pada tanggal 5 Oktober 2020 dengan topik: Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, and Covid 19 Pandemic: Changes and Challenges, dengan pembicara:


  1. Dr. Danardi Sosrosumihardjo, SpKJ(K). Ketua Seksi Psikiatri Adiksi PDSKJI.                   Keynote Speech: Ethicomedicolegal in Substance Use Disorder Management.
  2. Dr. dr. Diah Setia Utami, SpKJ, MARS. Ketua Umum PP PDSKJI. Topik: Trends of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder during Covid 19 Pandemic in Indonesia.
  3. Sivakumar Thurairajasingam, MBBS, MMedPsych. Associate Professor, Monash University, Malaysia. Topik: Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Comorbidity: Management Challenges in the Pandemic Era.
  4. Miriam Cue, Ph.D. Chairperson, Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology Professional Regulation Commission Philippines. Topik: Psychosocial intervention for Mental Health Comorbidity and Substance Use Disorder.
  • Moderator: dr. Zulvia Oktanida Syarif, Sp.KJ. Anggota Pengurus Pusat PDSKJI.


Pandemi Covid 19 yang terjadi di berbagai negara di dunia telah menimbulkan dampak di berbagai aspek. Orang dengan gangguan penggunaan zat (substance use disorder) merupakan populasi yang rentan terhadap infeksi Covid 19 dikarenakan berbagai faktor terkait kondisi klinis, psikologis, dan psikososialnya. Tantangan di bidang sosial ekonomi juga ikut memperburuk situasi yang sebelumnya telah ada terkait strategi pencegahan dan penanggulangan gangguan penggunaan Napza.

Pandemi Covid 19 telah memengaruhi kondisi kesehatan mental di tengah masyarakat. Peningkatan angka kecemasan dan depresi menjadi perhatian khusus bagi para praktisi kesehatan mental. Berbagai penelitian telah menunjukkan bahwa kurang lebih 50% pengguna zat memiliki masalah dan atau gangguan mental. Sebaliknya, orang dengan gangguan mental sebanyak 50% memiliki masalah penggunaan zat. Komorbiditas gangguan penggunaan zat dengan penyakit lainnya seperti penyakit infeksi dan gangguan mental, menyebabkan kelompok pengguna zat semakin rentan terhadap infeksi Covid 19.

Pencegahan dan penanggulangan gangguan penggunaan zat melibatkan peran berbagai pihak dari berbagai latar belakang keilmuan. Praktisi kedokteran baik dokter spesialis maupun dokter umum yang memiliki minat di bidang adiksi serta praktisi kesehatan lainnya seperti psikolog, perawat, maupun praktisi adiksi lainnya seperti pekerja sosial dan konselor adiksi, perlu memiliki pengetahuan mengenai kebijakan serta tantangan yang dihadapi dalam pencegahan dan penanggulaan Napza di era pandemi Covid 19.

Webinar ini ditujukan untuk meningkatkan pengetahuan dan wawasan praktisi dan penggiat bidang adiksi Napza mengenai perubahan dan tantangan terkait pencegahan dan penanganan gangguan penggunaan zat di era pandemi Covid 19.






Abhipraya Foundation Organizes Webinars for Practitioners and Activists in the Field of Drug Addiction during the COVID 19 Pandemic.

The Abhipraya Foundation (Abhipraya Foundation) as a non-profit organization engaged in the prevention and management of drug addiction in Indonesia intends to answer the need for policy changes and challenges in the field of addiction and mental health in the pandemic era by holding a health webinar on 5 October 2020 with the topic: Substance Use Disorder, Mental Health, and COVID 19 Pandemic: Changes and Challenges, with speakers:

  1. Dr. Danardi Sosrosumihardjo, SpKJ(K). Head of Addiction Psychiatry of  PDSKJI.            Keynote Speech: Ethicomedicolegal in Substance Use Disorder Management.
  2. Dr. dr. Diah Setia Utami, SpKJ, MARS. Chairman of PDSKJI. Topic: Trends of Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder during the COVID 19 Pandemic in Indonesia.
  3. Sivakumar Thurairajasingam, MBBS, MMedPsych. Associate Professor, Monash University, Malaysia. Topic: Substance Use and Mental Health Disorder Comorbidity: Management Challenges in the Pandemic Era.
  4. Miriam Cue, Ph.D. Chairperson, Professional Regulatory Board of Psychology Professional Regulation Commission Philippines. Topic: Psychosocial intervention for Mental Health Comorbidity and Substance Use Disorder.
  • Moderator: dr. Zulvia Oktanida Syarif, Sp.KJ. Central Executive Member of PDSKJI.


The COVID 19 pandemic that occurred in various countries in the world has had an impact in various aspects. People with substance use disorders are a population vulnerable to COVID 19 infection due to various factors related to their clinical, psychological, and psychosocial conditions. Challenges in the socio-economic field also exacerbate the existing situation regarding strategies for preventing and overcoming drug use disorders.

The COVID 19 pandemic has affected mental health conditions in society. Increasing rates of anxiety and depression are of particular concern to mental health practitioners. Various studies have shown that approximately 50% of substance users have mental problems and / or disorders. In contrast, 50% of people with mental disorders had substance use problems. The comorbidity of substance use disorders with other diseases such as infectious diseases and mental disorders has made substance users more vulnerable to COVID 19 infection.

The prevention and control of substance use disorders involve the roles of various parties from various scientific backgrounds. Medical practitioners, both specialist doctors and general practitioners who have an interest in the field of addiction as well as other health practitioners such as psychologists, nurses, and other addiction practitioners such as social workers and addiction counselors, need to have knowledge of policies and challenges faced in the prevention and control of drugs in this COVID 19 pandemic.

This webinar is intended to increase the knowledge and insight of practitioners and activists in the field of drug addiction regarding changes and challenges related to the prevention and handling of substance use disorders in the era of the COVID 19 pandemic.




Webinar Loka Rehabilitasi BNN Batam: Physical Distancing & Drugs Distancing

Dalam rangkaian acara peringatan Hari Anti Narkotika Internasional (HANI) 2020, Loka Rehabilitasi BNN Batam mengadakan Webinar dengan tema Physical Distancing & Drugs Distancing yang diadakan pada tanggal 22 Juni 2020.

Webinar ini menghadirkan Narasumber Program Officer Drug Advisory Program (DAP) Colombo Plan, Erry Wijoyo, M.Psi.T yang membahas bagaimana mencegah penyalahgunaan Narkoba dalam tatanan hidup baru & Kepala Loka Rehabilitasi BNN Batam, dr. Danu Cahyono memaparkan rehabilitasi gratis yang disediakan oleh BNN bagi masyarakat dengan pendekatan yang telah disesuaikan dengan upaya pencegahan penyebaran dan penularan COVID-19, bertindak sebagai Moderator dalam Webinar ini, Meta Amelia Widya Saputri, S.Psi

Tahun ini Badan Narkotika Nasional Republik Indonesia mengangkat tema nasional yaitu  Hidup 100% Sadar, Sehat, Produktik & Bahagia tanpa penyelahgunaan Narkoba.

Sebanyak 519 peserta menyaksikan melalui Zoom Cloud Meeting & Youtube Live dengan registrasi Webinar sebanyak 1.221 pendaftar dari berbagai kalangan dan profesi.








Serial Webinar “Nongkrong Online Kapeta” sebuah upaya memberikan layanan untuk Gangguan Penggunaan Zat di tengah Pandemi COVID-19.

Pada masa pandemi COVID-19 dan adanya physical distancing, Kapeta foundation secara rutin melakukan serial webinar mengenai topik-topik pemulihan dan pencegahan kekambuhan selama pandemi. Beberapa studi menunjukkan bahwa angka penggunaan NAPZA biasanya  meningkat dalam kondisi sulit atau pandemi. Biasanya karena situasi sulit yang mengakibatkan orang menggunakan NAPZA untuk mendapatkan kesenangan serta sulitnya akses terhadap pusat rehabilitasi atau terapi.

Serial webinar “Nongkrong Online Kapeta” ini dilakukan agar orang-orang dengan gangguan penggunaan zat dapat memiliki akses untuk mencari dukungan untuk mengelola pemulihannya. Keterbatasan untuk mengadakan pertemuan secara tatap muka, tidak menghalangi dan malah membuka kemungkinan baru untuk mengadakan edukasi secara online sehingga dapat diakses dimanapun oleh lebih banyak orang, apalagi wilayah Indonesia yang cukup luas dan terdiri dari kepulauan.

Kegiatan pertama kali dilakukan pada Kamis, 14 Mei 2020 dengan topik Pemulihan dan COVID-19 dengan fasilitator Rahadianto Purnomo, ICAP I dan Galuh Yoga Ustara, ICAP I. Kegiatan kedua dilakukan pada Rabu, 20 Mei 2020 dengan topik Manajemen Stres dengan fasilitator Yushadi Mukhlis, ICAP I dan Rahadianto Purnomo, ICAP I, kemudian kegiatan ketiga pada Kamis 2 Juni 2020 dengan topik Membangun Hubungan Yang Sehat, dengan fasilitator Galuh Yoga Ustara, ICAP I dan Yushadi Mukhlis, ICAP I.  Topik- topik tersebut disajikan dengan pendekatan yang santai dan menyenangkan serta materi-materi yang aplikatif sehingga dapat digunakan langsung oleh peserta webinar dalam kesehariannya. Para peserta yang mengikuti rata-rata sekitar 25 peserta yang terdiri dari orang dalam pemulihan Gangguan Penggunaan Zat, Konselor adiksi, staf rehabilitasi baik dari rehabilitasi sosial berbasis masyarakat maupun dari rehabilitasi milik pemerintah.

Kapeta Foundation akan terus aktif memanfaatkan pendekatan online terutama selama pandemi COVID-19 untuk menjangkau lebih banyak lagi orang-orang yang membutuhkan terutama di bidang Gangguan Penggunaan Zat.




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Nongkrong Online Kapeta” Webinar Series:  an attempt to provide services for                     Substance Use Disorders during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

During the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing, Kapeta Foundation routinely held a series of webinars on the topics of recovery and recurrence prevention during the pandemic. Some studies show that drug use rates usually increase under difficult conditions or pandemics. Usually due to difficult situations that cause people to use drugs to get pleasure and difficult access to rehabilitation or therapy centers.

“Nongkrong Online Kapeta” webinar series is conducted especially for people with substance use disorders who can have access to seek support to manage their recovery. The limitation to hold face-to-face meetings does not preclude and instead opens up new possibilities for online education so that it can be accessed anywhere by more people, especially Indonesia consist of an archipelago. 

The online session was carried out on Thursday, May 14, 2020, the topic is Recovery and COVID-19 with facilitators Rahadianto Purnomo, ICAP I and Galuh Yoga Ustara, ICAP I. The second session was carried out on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, on Stress Management with facilitator Yushadi Mukhlis, ICAP I and Rahadianto Purnomo, ICAP I, then the session on Thursday 2 June 2020 about Building Healthy Relationships, with Galuh Yoga Ustara facilitators, ICAP I and Yushadi Mukhlis, ICAP I. These topics were presented in a relaxed and pleasant approach and applicable materials for the participants, it can be used their daily lives. Participants who attended an average of about 25 participants consisted of recovering persons, addiction counselors, rehabilitation staff from community-based social rehabilitation, and from government rehabilitation centers.

Kapeta Foundation will continue to actively utilize the online approach, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to reach even more people in need especially in the area of ​​Substance Use Disorders.




“Nongkrong Online Kapeta” session

UNODC Supports the Development of Remote Training on Universal Treatment Curriculum in Indonesia

Since the beginning of June 2020, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) together with the Indonesian Association of Addiction Counsellors (Ikatan Konselor Adiksi Indonesia - IKAI) has been remotely discussing the development of remote training on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC). This initiative is based on the high demand from practitioners to continue with capacity building initiatives to receive an official national certification for addiction counsellors, even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since March 2020, all conventional/face to face trainings have been suspended due to COVID-19 pandemic which also affected the continuation of national certification for addiction counsellors. As a consequence, no trainings and competency test have been conducted since then.

In early June 2020, the government of Indonesia declared the initiation of a transitional phase to gradually ease social restriction under the so called “new normal” policy[1]. This easing of restrictions brought about a new spirit amongst practitioners in drug treatment centres in Indonesia and they started to look for whatever opportunities to refresh and strengthen their capacities as a preparation to the coming competencies test.

IKAI has been receiving many requests from its members, including form approximately 400 counsellors across the country as well as non-member’s counsellors. Since 2019, UNODC and IKAI have already an agreement on the training implementation using evidence-based materials, such as UTC, community based treatment training tools and others,  to strengthen the capacities of drug treatment workforces, especially for those who already registered as IKAI’s member.

The development process of UTC remote training has already started but is still at the level of conceptualising the training mechanism as its was a challenge to transform the role-play, small group discussions and other games into remote implementation.

With this effort, the capacity of drug treatment practitioners in Indonesia will be strengthened even amidst this crisis and hopefully with this initiative practitioners may be able to pass the government competency test and receive national acknowledgement as a certified addiction counsellor professional.



UNODC Mendukung Pengembangan Pelatihan Jarak Jauh pada Universal Treatment Curriculum di Indonesia

Sejak awal Juni 2020, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) bersama-sama dengan Ikatan Konselor Adiksi Indonesia (IKAI) telah melakukan diskusi dan pertemuan jarak jauh membahas pelatihan jarak jauh mengenai materi Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC). Inisiatif ini didasari atas tingginya permintaan dari banyak praktisi untuk mendapatkan pelatihan meskipun di masa pandemic COVID-19 untuk tujuan mengikuti sertifikasi nasional profesi konselor adiksi.

Bermula dari bulan Maret 2020,  seluruh pelatihan tatap muka diharuskan untuk ditunda hingga waktu yang tidak ditentukan akibat dari pandemi COVID-19 dimana hal ini juga memengaruhi kelanjutan proses sertifikasi secara nasional untuk konselor adiksi. Sebagai akibatnya, tidak ada pelatihan dan uji kompetensi yang dilakukan sejak saat itu.

Di awal Juni 2020, pemerintah Indonesia mengumumkan bermulanya fasa transisi untuk secara bertahap melonggarkan pembatasan sosial yang juga dapat disebut sebagai menuju ke kebijakan tatanan normal baru[1]. Pelonggaran pembatasan ini membawa semangat baru bagi para praktisi Rehabilitasi NAPZA di Indonesia dan mereka mulai untuk mencari apapun kesempatan untuk menguatkan dan menyegarkan kembali pengetahuan dan keterampilan mereka sebagai persiapan untuk uji kompetensi yang diasumsikan akan dibuka kembali.

IKAI telah menerima banyak permintaan dari para anggotanya yang kurang lebih berjumlah 400 konselor di seluruh Indonesia begitu juga dari para konselor lain yang belum menjadi anggota. Sejak tahun 2019, UNODC dan IKAI sudah memiliki kesepakatan khususnya pada pelaksanaan pelatihan dengan menggunakan materi yang berbasis bukti seperti UTC, pendekatan rawatan berbasis Masyarakat, dan lainnya, untuk menguatkan kapasitas tenaga pelaksana Rehabilitasi NAPZA khususnya bagi mereka yang telah terdaftar sebagai anggota IKAI.

Proses pengembangan pelatihan UTC jarak jauh telah dimulai, tetapi masih dalam tahap membuat konsep dari mekanisme pelaksanaannya, hal ini dikarenakan tantangan yang dihadapi dalam proses mengubah pola permainan peran, diskusi kelompok dan permainan tatap muka lainnya menjadi pelaksanaan jarak jauh.

Dengan upaya ini, kapasitas praktisi Rehabilitasi NAPZA akan dapat ditingkatkan walaupun di masa krisis seperti ini, juga keberhasilan dalam uji nasional kompetensi dan secara resmi menerima sertifikasi profesi konselor adiksi menjadi suatu keniscayaan.



Rehabilitasi NAPZA dan Pandemi COVID-19 di Indonesia

Sejak kasus pertama COVID-19 ditemukan di Indonesia dan secara resmi diumumkan oleh Presiden Republik Indonesia Joko Widodo pada tanggal 2 Maret 2020, kemudian pada tanggal 11 Maret 2020 World Health Organisation (WHO) menyatakan bahwa wabah COVID-19 adalah suatu pandemi, kasus demi kasus muncul dan berkembang hingga di kisaran 250 hingga 350 kasus baru setiap harinya[1] di Indonesia.

Walaupun untuk kebanyakan orang dengan sistem imunitas normal, COVID-19 mungkin tidak membawa dampak yang cukup parah melihat angka kasus mortalitas dunia hanya ada di kisaran 7% dan 8%[2], tetapi untuk mereka yang mengalami gangguan penggunaan NAPZA khususnya bagi mereka yang menggunakan NAPZA suntik, umumnya aktivitas mereka telah membahayakan sistem imunitas mereka dan besar kemungkinan untuk mengalami banyak permasalahan.

Untuk itu, sangatlah penting untuk memastikan kesinambungan akses layanan kesehatan dan sosial yang memadai untuk mereka, dan untuk terus menyediakan rawatan sesuai dengan kebutuhan sebagaimana dijelaskan di dalam Standar Internasional untuk Rawatan Gangguan Penggunaan NAPZA (UNODC/WHO, 2020), dan melaksanakkan yang terbaik dari kemampuan mereka.    

Suatu inisiatif dimulai di akhir bulan Maret 2020, disaat Mentor Nasional untuk Drug Treatment and Prevention (Officer), United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Indonesia sedang mengumpulkan informasi terkait pemetaan sederhana Rehabilitasi NAPZA di berbagai propinsi di Indonesia untuk mendapatkan informasi terkini tentang situasi layanan disaat pandemic COVID-19, ditemukan banyak praktisi yang khususnya bekerja di Rehabilitasi berbasis Masyarakat mengalami kebingungan dan kekhawatiran tentang teknis pelaksanaan Rehabilitasi di masa ini, akibat dari ketiadaan panduan teknis mengenai tata laksana layanan Rehabilitasi NAPZA rawat inap/jalan di masa pandemic seperti  COVID-19 saat ini.

Selanjutnya, setelah pembicaraan berkembang, beragam lembaga nasional dan internasional yang menaruh perhatian yang sama dan sepakat untuk melakukan diskusi rutin secara daring dan membentuk suatu Kelompok Kerja (Pokja). Furthermore, many various national and international agencies put the same concern and agreed to have a regular virtual discussion and established a technical working group (TWG). Selain dari UNODC, beragam lembaga nasional dan internasional itu adalah, Kementerian Sosial; Badan Narkotika Nasional; Rumah Sakit Ketergantungan Obat, Kementerian Kesehatan; Ikatan Konselor Adiksi Indonesia; perwakilan dari Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (CPDAP) di Indonesia, juga lembaga lainnya yang bekerja pada rawatan gangguan penggunaan NAPZA.

Dengan dimoderasi oleh Mentor Nasional UNODC Indonesia, pertemuan daring rutin terjadi hingga enam kali per-hari ini (pertemuan ini diadakan sekali hingga dua kali dalam seminggu). Pertemuan daring ini bertujuan untuk saling memberikan dan berbagi infromasi terkini terkait dengan layanan rawatan rehabilitasi NAPZA di masa pandemi COVID-19; dan membentuk Pokja secara daring untuk mengembangkan suatu panduan teknis untuk Layanan Rawatan Rehabilitasi NAPZA di masa pandemi COVID-19. Situasi pandemi COVID-19 ini tidak menyurutkan semangat dan hasrat untuk berkontribusi lebih dan membantu sesama sebagaimana ditunjukkan oleh kolaborasi yang indah dari lembaga-lembaga nasional dan internasional yang ada di Indonesia ini!


[1], diakses pada 5 Mei 2020 jamcov 09:00 AM Jakarta time

[2] ibid

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 

Slide Deck

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.

WEBINAR: Cary Hopkins Eyles on Authentic Self-Care for Addiction Professionals

This webinar focuses on the issue of self-care for addiction professionals and was delivered by ICUDDR Deputy Director Cary Hopkins Eyles.

Many of us are drawn to work in the field of substance use disorders due to our history, family, and personal traits, such as compassion and empathy. While these can be great assets, they can also be detrimental to us personally.

In this webinar, Cary explains how to identify healthy and unhealthy traits, how we can care for ourselves, and what authentic self-care looks like.

Cary has worked in the field of substance use disorders for 18 years. She is passionate about helping professionals in this field to take care of themselves so they can thrive and help those in need. Cary has worked in direct care in non-profit in the U.S., has run Residential, Outpatient, and Criminal Justice treatment programs, and has trained and mentored other substance use professionals. She is now the Deputy Director for the International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) and supports the development of addiction studies programs around the world. She is a global trainer in the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

Recorded on 13 March 2020

Cary Hopkins Eyles

Refresher Training and Examination on Universal Training Curriculum for Addiction Professionals Certification

On January 6–8, 2020, Education Provider Parahita (Kasih Mulia Foundation) held a refresher training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum for Addiction Professionals at Wisma Samadi in Jakarta. The UTC is intended to enhance knowledge, skills, and competencies of addiction professionals, as well as promote evidence-based practice for the enhancement of service delivery and treatment outcomes. The training consisted of presentations, tutorials, group discussions, roleplays and case studies, to prepare 18 participants of addiction practitioners from across Indonesia and 1 participant from Brunei Darussalam in order to update their skills and knowledge on addiction curriculum. This is intended to prepare them to face the examination on Universal Treatment Curriculum for Addiction Professionals Certification. The examination was held the following day at Wisma Samadi, Jakarta on January 9, 2020, and consisted of 30 participants for the ICAP I examination and 1 participant for the ICAP II examination.


Training of Assessors on Professional Certification of Indonesian Addiction Counsellors

On January 20-24, 2020, the Institution for the Professional Certification of the National Narcotics Board (Lembaga Sertifikasi Profesi Badan Narkotika Nasional) held a training of assessors on professional certification of Indonesian Addiction Counselors at the Kartika Chandra Hotel, Jakarta. This assessors training is a program to prepare trainees to have competency as assessors according to the National Professional Certification Board (Badan Nasional Sertifikasi Profesi) standards. This activity was carried out to improve the quality of assessors to conduct competency tests, to guide and direct addiction counselors to meet the requirement in one or a group of competency units. The training was facilitated by experts from the National Professional Certification Board and National Narcotics Boards, and consisted of 24 participants that are practitioners from BNN, Ministry of Social Affairs, Ministry of Health, as well as Government Institutions and Rehabilitation Institutions with a minimum of 5 years of experience.

Assessors have a very important role to determine the expected quality of competence of addiction counselors. Their roles include directing and guiding competency test participants (Assesses) in the competency test process and are also expected to function as facilitators who are able to encourage and guide participants to carry out the learning process independently (self-learning) in achieving required competencies.

The certification of competency for addiction counselors should improve the quality of service received by clients and families. This condition should increase the accountability of the administration of addiction counseling for institutions, rehabilitation workers and the community.

ISSUP Indonesia Launch

Based on the plan of the Informal Committee (Ad-Hoc Committee), the establishment of ISSUP INDONESIA will be inaugurated and launched in Jakarta in May 2020, after forming and establishing an Official Board of the organization according to the strategic programs and activities in the short, medium and long term in February 2020.