Обзор модели CADCA и ее практическое применение на примере Общественной Инициативы в городе Караганда, Республика Казахстан

Данный вебинар посвящен обзору модели по изменению сообщества CADCA, и успешной реализации этой модели в городе Караганда, Республика Казахстан. 

Seyed Ramin Radfar

The new coronavirus created a complex situation for all sections of the communities around the world. Health care providers are in the frontline of intervening to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Study on the Impact of COVID-19 on Drug Use Situation and Services for People who Use Drugs in Central Asia

UNODC Mentor in collaboration with colleagues from Coordination and Analysis Unit of the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia conducted a rapid assessment in four countries of Central Asia. The main goal of the brief research was to study the impact of restrictive measures imposed due to COVID-19 pandemic on the situation with drug use and provision of drug dependence treatment and services to reduce the negative health and social consequences as well as assist UNODC, donors, organizers and service providers in better adapting to the new situation.

Methodology of the rapid assessment consisted of collection and analysis of existing information from official sources, open data, media, Internet resources and conducting survey among the key respondent staff of respective services, as well as individuals from the community of people who use drugs (PWUD).

46 respondents representing drug treatment facilities (63%), CSOs (24%) and NGOs (13%) participated in the survey. Respondents share by county was Kazakhstan (43%), Uzbekistan (41%), Tajikistan (9%) and Kyrgyzstan (7%).

Assessment findings by country contained information on situation with drug use, availability, price and purity of drugs, access to services and country needs. Based on the analysis of the country data regional trends were also identified.

The results of the rapid assessment were presented during on-line webinar organized on 25 June 2020 to discuss the UNODC global research brief on “COVID-19 and drug supply chain: from production and trafficking to use”. More than 100 participants representing various government agencies, including drug control, law enforcement, customs and border protection and public health institutions as well as civil society organization from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took part in the webinar. Representatives of the international organizations and donors as well as Mini Dublin Group members have also joined the on-line meeting.

УНП ООН оказывает поддержку национальным партнерам в обеспечении непрерывности и устойчивости услуг по лечению, уходу и реабилитации во время пандемии COVID-19 для людей, употребляющих наркотики

Ментор УНП ООН инициировал вебинар, проходивший 24 июня 2020 года в Узбекистане. Целью вебинара являлось организация форума заинтересованных специалистов для обмена важным международным опытом по обеспечению непрерывности и устойчивости услуг по лечению наркозависимости, профилактике, уходу и поддержке в связи с ВИЧ для людей, употребляющих наркотики и как осуществлять научно-обоснованную политику, обеспечивающую доступ к эффективным программам по лечению наркозависимости и ВИЧ для людей, употребляющих наркотики.

Новые вызовы и растущие проблемы для лечения и ухода, предложения УНП ООН по лечению, уходу и реабилитации для людей с расстройствами, вызванными употреблением наркотиков в условиях пандемии COVID-19, мониторинг влияния COVID-19 и обеспечение непрерывности услуг по лечению были освещены в рамках презентации Ментора.

Вторая презентация, представленная г-ном Андрей Мокий, Ведущим Специалистом национального информационно-аналитического центра по контролю за наркотиками при Кабинете Министров Республики Узбекистан, была посвящена динамике наркоситуации в Восточной Европе и Центральной Азии, а также развитию продажи наркотиков через интернет в регионе в условиях пандемии COVID-19.

Участники также смогли обсудить опыт адаптации форм и методов предоставления услуг по лечению и уходу к новым условиям.  Вниманию участников были представлены результаты предоставления удаленного консультирования, инициированного командой национальных тренеров универсальной образовательной программы по лечению расстройств, вызванных употреблением наркотиков. 

50 специалистов здравоохранения и представителей НПО, вовлеченных в вопросы предоставления услуг по лечению наркозависимости, профилактике, уходу и поддержке в связи с ВИЧ для людей, употребляющих наркотики, приняли участие в вебинаре и выразили большой интерес в продолжении работы этого форума. 

Вебинар был проведен в рамках глобального проекта УНП ООН GLOJ71 – «Лечение наркозависимости и ее последствий для здоровья: Тритнет II».

 

 

Сессия вебинара

UNODC Supports National Partners in Ensuring the Continuity and Sustainability of Treatment, Care and Rehabilitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic for People who Use Drugs

UNODC Mentor initiated webinar held on 24 June 2020 in Uzbekistan. The purpose of the webinar was to create a forum for national experts to share valuable international experience on how to ensure the continuity and sustainability of drug dependence treatment, HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for people who use drugs and how to implement evidence-based policies that ensure access to effective drug dependence treatment and HIV programmes for people who use drugs.

In his presentation Mentor outlined increasing challenges for treatment and care during COVID-19, UNODC suggestions about treatment, care and rehabilitation of people with drug use disorders in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, monitoring COVID-19 impact and ensuring continuum of treatment  services during COVID-19. 

Second presentation made by Mr. Andrey Mokiy, Leading Specialist of the National Information-Analytical Center on Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Uzbekistan was devoted to the dynamics of the drug situation in the West Europe and Central Asia as well as  development of drug sells through Internet in the region during COVID-19 pandemic.

Participants also discussed experience of adaptation of the forms and methods of providing drug dependence treatment and care services to the new conditions. Results of providing remote counselling, initiated by the team of national UTC trainers, were presented.

A total of 50 health care providers and representatives of NGOs involved in drug dependence treatment, HIV prevention, care and support services to people who use drugs were reported to attend the webinar and they expressed high interest to continue the work of the forum.

The activity was conducted within the framework of the UNODC global project GLOJ71: “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II”

Webinar session

Webinar: ISSUP Ukraine - Clinical Aspects of Substance Use Disorders

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Kiev
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Ukraine

ISSUP Ukraine is pleased to invite you to attend a webinar on Clinical Aspects of Substance Use Disorders. The webinar is scheduled to be presented on Thursday, July 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Ukraine time). The webinar will be presented in Ukrainian and Russian. 

July 2, 2020 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Ukraine time)

Click here to register! 

Featured Speakers:
• Iryna Pinchuk, Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 
  Director, ISSUP – Ukraine

• Yuliia Yachnik, University Clinic of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Doctor psychologist 
  Report: Substance use disorders and COVID-19, review of recommendations

• Olha Myshakivska, Danylo Halytsky Lviv National Medical University, Teaching Assistant 
  Report: Amphetamine-type stimulant use disorders - features of the problem and approaches

• Lyudmyla Matviyets, P.L.Shupyk National Medical Academy of Postgraduate Education, Associate        Professor
  Report: Organizational and therapeutic measures of the primary care physician in case of suspected use of amphetamine-type psychoactive substances by the 
  patient

• Stanislav Chumak, Institute of Psychiatry of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv 
  Report: Senior Researcher, «Comorbid mental disorders in users of psychoactive substances

• Eugeniu Cotelea, Republican Narcology Dispensary, Republic of Moldova, MD
  Report: Gender differences of clinical aspects and risk factors of patients with alcohol addiction

Event Language

Ukrainian

Обученные УНП ООН специалисты по лечению и уходу оказывают неоценимую поддержку людям с расстройствами, вызванными потреблением наркотиков в Бухарской области Узбекистана вовремя COVID-19

Введение карантинных мер в Бухарской области Республики Узбекистан крайне затруднило оказание услуг по лечению наркозависимости населению региона. Это отрицательно сказалось на качестве жизни людей с расстройствами, вызванными потреблением наркотиков (РВУН) и их семей, и во многих случаях привело к рецидиву РВУН у пациентов. 

Во избежание коллапса в данной области и предотвращения ухудшения ситуации возникла крайняя необходимость адаптации форм и методов оказания услуг по лечению наркозависимости и уходу к существующим условиям. Такой ответ был инициирован и реализован группой профессионалов, состоящей из 31 специалиста по лечению наркозависимости Бухарского областного наркологического диспансера и районных наркологических пунктов. С целью улучшения понимания методов лечения и ухода основанных на фактических данных,  все  эти специалисты прошли обучение по всем курсам базового уровня универсальной образовательной программы по лечению РВУН во время серии каскадных тренингов, проведенных  в рамках глобального проекта УНП ООН GLOJ71 – «Лечение наркозависимости  и ее последствий для здоровья: Тритнет II».

В результате проведенных мероприятий, значительно облегчен доступ нуждающихся лиц в получении необходимой информации по решению проблем с зависимостью и осуществлению профилактической помощи. К середине мая 2020 года каждый из 20 врачей наркологов Бухарского областного наркологического диспансера в день оказывал онлайн консультирование по различным тематикам 3-5 нуждающимся, что составило примерно 2,400 обращений за месяц карантинных мер. 11 районных врачей наркологов в день проводили около 5-6 онлайн консультаций – около 1,700 за месяц. Итого более 4,000 проведенных онлайн консультаций за месяц. Охвачено около 70% зависимых лиц и членов их семей. Примерно в 30% случаев обращались лица, обеспокоенные началом приобщения к зависимости членов семьи. 12 врачей наркологов прошли онлайн обучение по повышению своей квалификации. Более 15 обращений было направлено в Кризисный Центр, а также осуществлена своевременная транспортировка и госпитализация 36 пациентов при поддержке правоохранительных органов. 

Психо-социальная помощь во время COVID-19, Узбекистан

Врачи психиатры и психотерапевты объединились для оказания поддержки населению Казахстана

В сегодняшних условиях пандемии COVID-19 и вынужденных карантинных мер, принимаемых правительством Республики Казахстан, психологическая поддержка и помощь, самообразование в вопросах управления стрессом, а также поддерживающее общение   друг с другом и консультации экспертов часто становятся необходимостью. В связи с этим Республиканский научно-практический центр психического здоровья – главный партнер глобального проекта Управления ООН по наркотикам и преступности GLOJ71 – «Лечение наркозависимости и её последствий для здоровья» - инициировал создание веб-сайта «Психологическая и психотерапевтическая поддержка населению во время COVID-19» (https://covid-19.mentalcenter.kz/ru/).

Сайт начал деятельность с 4 апреля 2020 года. Он был запущен Республиканским научно-практическим центром психического здоровья при поддержке Детского фонда ООН (ЮНИСЕФ) и более 70 профессионалов в области психологии и психотерапии из различных Университетов, государственных организаций и частно – практикующих специалистов со всех уголков страны.

Промежуточные результаты работы сайта на 10 мая 2020 года:

  • Более 38,000 сеансов - более чем 28,000 пользователями.
  • Посещали сайт пользователи из 67 стран, при этом наибольший интерес был из США, России, Узбекистан, Германии и Китая.
  • Оказано 208 онлайн психологической и психотерапевтической помощи.
  • Обработано 44 письменных запроса, касательно оказания помощи в области психического здоровья.
  • С 4 мая 2020 года как часть деятельности сайта эффективно работает направление оказания поддержки в работе педагога-психолога. Учитывая востребованность, данное направление организовано Республиканским научно-практическим центром психического здоровья совместно с ЮНИСЕФ при поддержке Министерства образования и науки Республики Казахстан.
  • Супервайзерами онлайн проконсультировано 22 педагога – психолога в разборе сложных случаев, возникших в ходе их профессиональной деятельности.
  • В рамках работы сайта начато повышение потенциала психологов и психотерапевтов; всего проведено на 10 мая 2020 года включительно 29 вебинаров, на которых приняло участие 4,433 участника.
  • Организован YouTube - канал, где выложены вебинары, на 10 мая 2020 года 8,862 просмотров вебинаров.

 

 

Вебинар презентация по психосоциальной поддержке, Казахстан

Mental-Health Physicians and Psychotherapists Teamed Up to Provide Support to the Population of Kazakhstan

In today’s conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and necessary quarantine measures taken by the Government of Kazakhstan psychosocial support and assistance, as well as self-education of stress management, supportive communication with each other and expert advice often become a necessity.  In this regard the Republican Scientific-practical Centre on Mental Health – a main partner of the UNODC global project GLOJ71 – “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II” – initiated the establishment of the website “Psychological support and assistance during COVID-19” (https://covid-19.mentalcenter.kz/ru/).

The site started operating on April 4, 2020. It was launched by the Republican Scientific-practical Center on Mental Health with the support of UNICEF, and more than 70 professionals in the field of mental health, psychology and psychotherapy from various universities, state organizations and private practitioners with all over the country.

 Following are the intermediate results of the site as of May 10, 2020:

  • More than 38,000 sessions - for more than 28,000 users.
  • Users from 67 countries visited the site, the greatest interest was from USA, Russia, Uzbekistan, Germany and China.
  • During this period, online psychological and psychotherapeutic assistance were provided 208 times.
  • 44 written requests for mental health assistance processed.
  • As part of this site, support to the work of an educational psychologist is being provided since May 4, 2020 and has proven to be very effective. Given the high demand, this specific initiative was organized by the Republican Scientific-practical Center on Mental Health in collaboration with UNICEF and support of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
  • On-line consultations were provided to 22 educational psychologists by supervisors in the analysis of complex cases that arose during their professional activities.
  • As the part of the site’s work, the capacity building of psychologists and psychotherapists has begun; a total 29 webinars were held as of May 10, 2020, with 4,433 participants attending.
  • A YouTube – channel was created where the webinars are posted, the channel had 8862 hits as of May 10, 2020.

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

18 National Trainers from Central Asia Trained on Advance UTC Courses 14 and 17 in Uzbekistan

24-29 February 2020 - A team of national trainers from Central Asia attended the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Regional Training of Trainers held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The training was organized by the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia within the framework of UNODC global project – “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet II”.

18 national trainers (ICAP 1 holders) from Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan were trained on the two following UTC courses:

  • Course 14: Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders
  • Course 17: Case Management Skills and Practices

Course 14 presented an overview of issues related to drug use in the context of the family and provided participants with an understanding of the interventions that can be carried out with families affected by drug use disorders.

Course 17 provided participants with an overview of the definitions, major functions and case management practices within the drug use disorder continuum of care as well as an understanding of the roles, skills and competencies of case managers.

Prepared national master trainers will be responsible for conducting a series of echo trainings on selected courses of Advanced Level UTC training package for treatment and care professionals from their respective countries.

The training is logical continuation of capacity building activities being implemented in the region since 2010, within the framework of Treatnet project. Building on human resources trained on the evidence-based drug dependence treatment and care approaches, UNODC aims to further strengthen the level of capacity at the national level in the countries of the region.

UNODC stands committed to promoting access to drug dependence treatment, care and rehabilitation services that are based on scientific evidence, through worldwide advocacy, capacity building and expansion of services.

Opioid Use Disorder: A Nature Reviews Primer

Abstract | Opioid use disorder (OUD) is a chronic relapsing disorder that, whilst initially driven by activation of brain reward neurocircuits, increasingly engages anti-reward neurocircuits that drive adverse emotional states and relapse. However, successful recovery is possible with appropriate treatment, although with a persisting propensity to relapse. The individual and public health burdens of OUD are immense; 26.8 million people were estimated to be living with OUD globally in 2016, with >100,000 opioid overdose deaths annually, including >47,000 in the USA in 2017. Well-conducted trials have demonstrated that long-term opioid agonist therapy with methadone and buprenorphine have great efficacy for OUD treatment and can save lives. New forms of the opioid receptor antagonist naltrexone are also being studied. Some frequently used approaches have less scientifically robust evidence but are nevertheless considered important, including community preventive strategies, harm reduction interventions to reduce adverse sequelae from ongoing use and mutual aid groups. Other commonly used approaches, such as detoxification alone, lack scientific evidence. Delivery of effective prevention and treatment responses is often complicated by coexisting comorbidities and inadequate support, as well as by conflicting public and political opinions. Science has a crucial role to play in informing public attitudes and developing fuller evidence to understand OUD and its associated harms, as well as in obtaining the evidence today that will improve the prevention and treatment interventions of tomorrow.

Brian Holler

My name is Brian, I work with USAID in the Kyrgyz Republic. We are seeing younger people contracting HIV and but seem to have the PWIDs (typically male, 40-50) population saturated in HIV treatment and prevention.

Treatment for Psychostimulants and for Co-Morbid Psychiatric and Medical Disorders Are Discussed by Experts from the Central Asian States

On 4-8 November 2019 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 24 specialists from the drug treatment centres, narcology clinics and institutions of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the Regional Training on introduction of the protocols on treatment for psychostimulants and for co-morbid psychiatric and medical disorders organized by  UNODC global project GLOJ71 “Treating drug dependence and its health consequences: Treatnet” in collaboration with Sub-programme 3 “Prevention, treatment and rehabilitation and HIV prevention” of the UNODC Programme for Central Asia.

During the first two days, the participants were discussing important issues related to the diagnostic challenges on treatment of drug use disorders (DUDs) in patients affected by mental disorders and other medical conditions related to cardiovascular diseases, internal medicine, gastrointernal diseases, endocrinology, cancer and pain. And on 6-8 November 2019, they were increasing the knowledge about the specific effects and the health and social consequences associated with use of different psychostimulants.

Strengthening prevention and treatment for people with DUDs is an essential demand reduction strategy of significant public health importance, which is a cornerstone of the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem (UNGASS) outcome document, and has been specifically set as Target 3.5 of Goal 3” Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages”, under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals.

 

National Trainers Trained on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) 12 and 15 in Turkmenistan

From 15-21 July 2019 team of national trainers from Turkmenistan attended the National Training of Trainers held in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.

There were 12 representatives of drug dependence treatment service of the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan and non-profit organizations (ICAP 1 holders) trained on the two following courses of Advanced Level UTC:

Course 12: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Course 15: Managing Co-Occurring Disorders

Trainer-led presentations, small-group and reflective exercises, role-plays and case study discussions helped participants to improve their knowledge and skills on providing evidence-based treatment interventions.

These national trainers will be responsible for conducting series of echo-trainings on selected courses of Advanced Level UTC training package for the addiction professionals from Turkmenistan.

The training was conducted within the framework of UNODC joint capacity building activity with Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP).

The UNODC ROCA and Programme Office in Turkmenistan stands ready to continue its support to the Ministry of Health of Turkmenistan in reforming its drug dependence treatment service in compliance with international standards and the strengthening of capacity of drug addiction specialists.

 

Central Asian Master Trainers Trained on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) Courses 14 and 17

From 23-31 July 2019, a team of master trainers from Central Asia attended the Regional Training of Trainers for Central Asia held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

The training was organized by Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) within the framework of UNODC joint capacity building activity with Colombo Plan.

There were 14 regional master trainers from five Central Asia countries trained on the two following Advanced UTC courses:

  • Course 14: Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders (SUD)
  • Course 17: Case Management Skills and Practices

Course 14 presented an overview of issues related to substance use in the context of the family and provided participants with an understanding of the interventions that can be carried out with families affected by SUD.

Course 17 provided participants with an overview of the definitions, major functions and case management practices within the substance use disorders continuum of care as well as an understanding of the roles, skills and competencies of case managers

This workshop prepared regional master trainers  who would be responsible for conducting regional training on selected courses of Advanced Level UTC training package for the team of national trainers from Central Asia to be organized by UNODC.