Insights on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya

The UNODC Kenya mentor has participated at the webinar on the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and Substance Use Disorders in Kenya on Friday, 15 May 2020. Together with Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at UNODC ROEA, the mentor outlines UNODC's support in the COVID-19 response among the most vulnerable groups, such as people who use drugs and who are affected by substance use disorders, people living with HIV and people living in prisons. 

The webinar was an interactive 2-hours discussion with national partners such as NACADA represented by Judy Twala, Drug Dependence Treatment and Care professionals represented by Susan Gitau, Rehabilitation Centres represented by Boniface Ndirangu and UNODC. The talk was organized by ISSUP International, together with ISSUP National Chapter Kenya. 

Discussions were held on the results of the COVID-10 pandemic in the country, whether essential services and programmes reaching vulnerable groups are restricted or entirely stopped. The talk continued on the topic of prevention of drug use and how the management of substance use disorders during lockdown in Kenya is handled including whether the impact of the lockdown has increased the risk of relapse or resulted in reduced cases of substance use disorders. 

A total of 209 participants were reported to attend the event and the feedback received was positive. The recording of this webinar can be access through the provided link.

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 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 three consecutive weekly sessions to be held during June 2020 (see course descriptions and session dates below).

We highly encourage registration for all three 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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION 1

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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION 2

Session 3: Thursday June 18th 2020

Fundamental Skills in MI Continued

This third and final 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

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR SESSION 3

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.

Video: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

On May 15, 2020 ISSUP Kenya, in collaboration with ISSUP Global, presented a webinar on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management. Panelists discussed the following topics:

  • The possibility that the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups being restricted or entirely stopped
  • The result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management
  • The impact of the lockdown -  has it increased the risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
  • The appropriate response to this pandemic from Kenyan professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts 

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 

Presenters

 

Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

Event Date
City
Webinar

ISSUP Kenya in partnership with ISSUP Global invite you to participate in a webinar discussing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The webinar will be presented on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time).

May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time)

Click here to register 

With the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups may also have been restricted or entirely stopped.

What then is the result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management?
Has it increased risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
What should be the response to this pandemic from professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts in Kenya?

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

Presenters

Webinar: Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management

ISSUP Kenya in partnership with ISSUP Global invite you to participate in a webinar discussing the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders. The webinar will be presented on Friday, May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time).

May 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Nairobi time)

Click here to register 

With the worldwide lockdowns following the COVID-19 pandemic, essential services and programs reaching vulnerable groups may also have been restricted or entirely stopped.

What then is the result of the lockdown on Substance Use Disorders: Prevention & Management?
Has it increased risk of relapse, or has it reduced cases of substance use disorders?
What should be the response to this pandemic from professionals, policy makers and other service providers involved with drug demand reduction efforts in Kenya?

Host:
Livia Edegger, Deputy Director, ISSUP Global 

Moderators: 
Evans Oloo, President ISSUP Kenya and Clinical Director at Intrapersonal Health Services
Dr Richard Gakunju, ISSUP Kenya Executive Member, Chair, Global Centre for Certification and Credentialing (GCCC) and Director of the Movement against Substance Abuse in Africa (MASAA)

Panelists:
Dr. Hussein Manji, Public Health Consultant at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Regional Office for Eastern Africa 
Judy Twala, Manager, Counselling and Rehabilitation, NACADA
Susan Gitau, Vice President ISSUP Kenya Chapter, Chairperson Red Cross Society (KRCS) Kiambu county and Founder/Director Elewa Ulevi
Boniface Ndirangu, Chair, Addiction Prevention Rehabilitation Association Kenya (APRAK) 
Sanita Suhartono, Programme Associate working on Drug Use Prevention and Treatment of Drug Use Disorders at the Health and Social Development Pillar, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

 

Presenters

 

 

 

ISSUP Kenya

Access to Drug Treatment Services in Nigeria: The Challenge of Addiction Workforce

Event Date
City
Webinar

ISSUP ICUDDR

Presenters: Drs. Chia Francis and Mashika Esther

This webinar will illuminate the level of drug use in Nigeria, efforts made so far to address access to drug abuse treatment services in Nigeria, and details of a study regarding access to treatment.

Thursday June 4th 2020
Time: 11 AM BST / 6 AM EDT
Location: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82963854757

Attitudes towards Cough Syrup Abuse: A Study of Adolescents in Southwest, Nigeria

One area of substance misuse among adolescents that is currently a problem, and has not been fully understood in the Nigerian context is the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse. Thus, to inform policy actions for reducing cough syrup abuse among Nigerian adolescents, this study explored the attitudes of adolescents towards cough syrup abuse in two Southwest states of Nigeria, where substance abuse is rampant.

By a stratified sampling method, 302 adolescents (152 males, 150 females; mean age = 13.61 years, SD = 2.09) were selected from secondary schools in Lagos and Oyo states, Nigeria, and data were collected using existing questionnaires with strong psychometric properties, and the response rate was 97.42%. Four (4) hypotheses were stated and tested using independent sample t-test and correlation statistics at p<0.05.

The findings from the study concluded that, adolescents’ age and family marital structure were the variables found that significantly accounted for their attitudes towards cough syrup abuse, thus it is imperative enough that as adolescents are growing older, they are rightly guided against giving into substance abuse. Also, parents/caregivers of adolescents need to be actively involved in educating adolescents on the hazards associated with substance abuse.

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

ICUDDR 2020 Conference

ICUDDR
Event Date
City
Bangkok
Country
Thailand

The International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) will be holding its annual conference at the Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok Thailand, July 13-15, 2020.

ICUDDR supports the rapid improvement in competencies and skills among current and future generations of addiction professionals, to meet the increasing demand for prevention, treatment and public health services. Toward this end, the ICUDDR facilitates networking among universities to promote high quality education and training in the field of addiction prevention, treatment and public health interventions. It also pursues related applied addictions research, outreach and advocacy.

Call for proposals

We are accepting abstracts for 1.5 hour panel presentations and 3 hour courses. There are two categories for which you can submit a proposal:

Panel proposals: three or four linked 15-20 minute plenary presentations on work force development; excellence in higher education; combining research, education and practice; university community engagement; or other topics related to the ICUDDR mission. You may submit a full panel with three or more presenters, or a single presentation 15 – 20 minutes in length, that if accepted, will be joined with presentations on a similar topic.

Master Class or Workshop proposals: 3 hour long break-out session. These sessions will have smaller groups (fewer than 50) and are designed to be interactive, fun and skill-based learning sessions for academics who conduct research and teach in the area of drug demand reduction.

Please keep in mind our mission and goals when submitting your proposal. Please send proposals clearly marked as plenary panel or master class/workshop and in the format of an outline and abstract no longer than a page each. Please attach CVs or resumes of all presenters and send your proposal to eylesc [at] icuddr [dot] org.

Some partial scholarships available for airfare and hotel are available on a limited basis.

** Please note: Like many of you, we are concerned about COVID-19 and are following its spread closely. The safety of all of our members and participants is incredibly important. We will be delaying online registration for our conference until April 15 as we watch what happens. We will also extend the time for submitting applications for presentations and travel support until April 1. Please continue to submit your presentation proposals, because if travel to Bangkok looks problematic for July, we will hold a virtual conference instead with all presentations held online and recorded so that people in all time zones can participate.

We appreciate your patience and will continue planning for our live conference in Bangkok with the expectation that the epidemic will have run its course by July. We will have more information in April and will make a decision at that point in time and open registration for either a live conference or a virtual conference.

If you have questions, please contact Cary Hopkins Eyles at eylesc [at] icuddr [dot] org.

Event Language

English

Annual General Meeting 2019

ISSUP Kenya AGM was held on 7/9/2019. The key speaker was Dr Mercy Karanja, Consultant Psychiatrist,
Deputy Director of Medical Services: Focal Person for Substance Use Management, Division of Mental Health, Ministry of Health. 

Members of  ISSUP Kenya with Dr. Karanja of the Ministry of Health during the 2019 AGM

Partnerships and Collaborations

ISSUP Kenya today, 30th September 2019  joined NACADA and other stakeholders in the field of drug demand reduction, as  the National Authority launched its 2019-2022 strategic plan. Partnerships and collaborations - the way to go.

Dr.Richard Gakunju at the launch of  NACADA Strategic Plan

NACADA/GCCC/ISSUP Kenya Meeting

NACADA/GCCC/ISSUP meeting on 14th October 2019 at NACADA offices. To explore efforts at professionalizing the workforce in Kenya through training, credentialing and professional networking. 

From L to R. Ms Susan Maua (Prevention-Nacada), Dr Richard Gakunju (Chair GCCC), Mr Victor Okioma (CEO-Nacada), Ms Becky Vaughn (Director-GCCC), Mr Evans Oloo (President, ISSUP Kenya), Rev Gachoka Wangai (Treatment-Nacada)

NACADA/GCCC/ISSUP Kenya meeting

ISSUP Kenya @ Mental Health Task Force

On behalf of ISSUP Kenya, I presented our memorandum to the Mental Health Task Force of the Ministry of Health. The task force, which  was set up following a cabinet directive chaired by the President of the Republic of Kenya, seeks to gather public views on challenges and solutions about the state of mental health in the country. As a professional body we advocated for substance use disorders to be treated as a mental health issue and not just a security or moral  issue.

Mental health task force

ISSUP Kenya Executive Committee Meeting 2020

The Executive Committee of ISSUP Kenya met at the beginning of the year to review the successes and challenges of the previous year and at the same time plan the activities for 2020.

Executive committee 2020

UTC Training for Faith Based Organization

In October 2019, ISSUP Kenya and the Presbyterian Church of East Africa commenced training on UTC for its staff involved with management of persons with substance use disorders. It was a milestone for both ISSUP Kenya and the faith based institution. The series of UTC trainings will continue until mid 2020.

PCEA/ISSUP kenya Training