Universal Training Curriculum 5 (UTC 5) : Intake, Screening, Assessment, Treatment Planning and Documentation for Addiction Professionals

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Davao City

We are pleased to invite you to participate in a training on 𝐔𝐧𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐚𝐥 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐂𝐮𝐫𝐫𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐮𝐦 𝟓 (𝐔𝐓𝐂 𝟓): 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞, 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠, 𝐀𝐬𝐬𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭, 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐏𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐃𝐨𝐜𝐮𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐀𝐝𝐝𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐥𝐬 this April 26 to May 07, 2021 every 15:00 to 18:00 (PHT), UTC+8, weekdays only via Zoom and Google Classroom.  

Mr. Jerry Joseph Valderrama, ICAP II, RS will be the main speaker of the event. He is an expert in the addiction field, a Global Master Trainer, an International Certified Addiction Professional – Level II, and a Recovery Support Specialist. He is the Chief Executive Officer of JJ Valderrama Behavioral Management Center and one of the board of trustees of the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) Philippines.

Here’s the catch, your attendance to this seminar is equivalent to 30 training hours, which can be used as a requirement to prepare interested applicants who want to be certified as Recovery Coaches or Certified Addiction Professional. 

Our registration covers the UTC official manual and premium access to online platforms. The rates are as follows:

P5,000.00 Early Bird (Those who register on or before April 22, 2021)

P4,000.00 Regular rate (Those who register on or before April 24, 2021)

Online payment can be done thru two modes:


Account Name: Jerry Joseph C. Valderrama (Savings)

Account Number: 008093-0485-35

Bank: Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)


Account Name: Jerry Joseph C. Valderrama

GCash Number: 0945 839 5693

Send proof of payment at youandicanheal [at] gmail [dot] com with your name, school/company, and contact number to secure your slot.

Since this will be done via only platforms, there will be limited slots only to ensure the efficacious quality of the training. Thus, if you intend to participate, kindly accomplish this Google Form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScYAXBWXejGXqQOQ8T3u0326HGEHc6Tj9VW3qE--wNbXYMsYA/viewform?fbclid=IwAR3Eapga2MNpE1Zjx58gl5g_tDBjoEcWBZyjzyYNR75EHAMspofyHZgMUxs

JJVBMC is a certified education provider under the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) of The Colombo Plan- Drug Advisory Programme (CP-DAP). It is our mission to enhance, train and expand the drug demand workforce in the region. It is also our prayer to have a drug-free society. Be part of this mission and join us!

For more inquiries you may visit our Facebook page (facebook.com/JJVBMC), call 0945 839 5693 (globe/TM) or 0923 727 5136 (sun/smart) or send an e-mail to youandicanheal [at] gmail [dot] com.

We hope to virtually see you in the training.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watch the ISSUP Philippines Virtual Induction Ceremony Here 


ISSUP, Philippines New Board & Officers for 2020

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

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

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

This free webinar-based training course on Motivational Interviewing (MI) 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 (originally held during June 2020).

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

Session 1: 

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

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar Recording 

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Session 2: 

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

Duration: 1 hour

Webinar recording

Session 3:

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

Duration: 1 hour

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Session 4: 

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

Duration: 1 hour

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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.

SUD Training for the Criminal Justice Institutions and Universities of the Philippines

The 8th Iteration of the Substance Use Disorder ( SUD ) Training for Criminal Justice Institutions and Universities of the Philippines – Walkthrough Training on the Universal Treatment Curriculum ( UTC ) 1 & 2 and Developing Community-Based Recovery Support Systems ( DCBSS ) Curriculum was held last February 3 -13, 2020 at the Novotel Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines.

This 1st training initiative for 2020 is supported by the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme and funded by International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Manila. Twenty-one participants for this cycle underwent a vetting process before being selected to attend. Various agencies from the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency ( PDEA), Philippine National Police ( PNP) and Local Government Units (LGUs) were represented.

The training aims to enhance the understanding of the participants on the multi-factorial nature of substance use and how the criminal justice system can provide community-based support to people with substance use disorder and how the criminal justice institutions can support treatment and recovery of affected individuals.

Mr. Erry Wijoyo, focal person from DAP was Project Coordinator for this training initiative. Facilitators for UTC 1 & 2 were Global Master Trainers / ISSUP Phils Chapter members: Katherine Dela Cruz, Edna Luz Abulon and Jay Valderrama; for Community Based Recovery Support System: Teresita Castillo, Sarah Araullo and Jayvee Aquino.

Closing ceremonies for both curriculums were graced by Mr. Brandon Hudspeth, Director of INL-US Embassy in Manila, Dangerous Drugs Board Permanent Board Member, Usec. Benjamin Reyes, and officials from the Phil Drug Enforcement Agency ( PDEA ) and Phil National Police ( PNP).  Atty. Jona Santos from INL US Embassy Manila and Veronica Felipe former CP DAP Directors were also present.

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

UTC 1 and 2 Training in Baguio

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Interested in becoming a credentialed drug demand reduction professional? 

Here is an opportunity to be trained in the entry level courses of the Universal Treatment Curriculum training series at 5000 feet above sea level in the mountain resort city of Baguio, Philippines 


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More Premier Philippine Cities Join the UTC Bandwagon

Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program education provider and ISSUP Pioneer member, Serenity in the Steps, hosted a 6 day Universal Treatment Curriculum training for three major  Philippine City Anti-drug abuse councils from  October 7-12, 2019.

Find out more about the training event here.

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The Criminal Justice System UTC Training Series

There have been extensive training sessions in the Philippines on The Criminal Justice System UTC.

The training encourages a whole government evidence-based approach and is courtesy of INL Manila - US Embassy.

More Philippine Cities Join the UTC Bandwagon

Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program Education Provider and ISSUP pioneer member, Serenity in the Steps, hosted a 6 day Universal Treatment Curriculum training for three major Philippine City Anti-Drug Abuse Councils from October 7-12, 2019. Makati city, Cebu city, and the Municipality of Agoo stakeholders participated in two of the first of a series of UTC trainings that would equip their respective community based recovery programs with evidence based tools.

The UTC 1 (Pharmacology and Physiology for Addiction Professionals) and UTC 2 (Continuum of Care for Addiction Professionals) trainings took place in the mountain resort area of the country, Baguio City. It was organized and hosted by Serenity in the Steps, an addiction recovery and counseling service. Facilitators were Colombo Plan Master trainers Junjun Abella RGC, RC , ICAP III, Veronica Felipe RPSY ICAP I and co facilitated by internationally certified addiction professionals Sarah Araullo RC ICAP II, and Keith Errol Navarroza RC ICAP I.

Utc training in Baguio Philippines

ISSUP Philippines Participates in Global ISSUP Conference in Vienna

ISSUP Philippines was well represented at the last global ISSUP Conference 'International Conference on Drug Prevention and Care: Inspiration and Direction' held last July 1– 5, 2019 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC). Through funding from the US Embassy Manila representatives from various government agencies including the Dangerous Drugs Board, Philippine National Police, Department of Interior and Local Government, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, Department of Health, and civic societies such as CADCA participated in the 5-day conference.

ISSUP Philippines Board members, Junjun Abella of Serenity in the Steps, Ma. Veronica Felipe of Colombo Plan's Drug Advisory Programme and Teresita Castillo of Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc. participated in the conference. Junjun and Teresita also attended the ISSUP National Chapter Meetings.  

The global ISSUP conference served as the platform for a robust discussion of supply and drug demand reduction in the Philippine settings. 

Philippines Journal of Psychology

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

The Philippine Journal of Psychology Special Issue on Drug Use and Recovery is now available online! Access it here and click on: https://www.pap.org.ph/philippine-journal-psychology-pjp

Volume 52 No. 1 June 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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