The Colombo Plan is pleased to introduce the 2020 edition of the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use.
This training curriculum which consists of two training series to address the needs of different target groups has undergone a change in name.
The UPC Coordinators Series will now be known as the UPC Managers and Supervisors (UPC-M&S) Series. It is designed for those wishing to undertake a significant in-depth study of prevention such as managers and supervisors or coordinators of prevention programmes, or for those who wish to undertake a major programme of study in prevention.
The UPC Implementers will now be known as the UPC Practitioners (UPC-P) Series. It is written for practitioners and implementers of prevention programmes who work with families, in schools, the workplace, and the community.
The major role in the development of UPC has been undertaken by Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) led by Dr Zili Sloboda working with international experts in prevention from around the world.
The underlying principles of UPC are to provide a way forward for prevention that is based on: scientific research and evidence; sound quality standards; and an ethical stance in how prevention should be undertaken.
UPC was designed to meet the current demand for a comprehensive training package in the field of drug use prevention, based on evidence-based principles.