This section provides information for anyone seeking professional development in the prevention and treatment field with a particular focus on the Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) and the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC).

An introduction to UPC and UTC

The Universal Prevention Curriculum and the Universal Treatment Curriculum provide training programmes for those wishing to develop their professional knowledge, skills and competence in addressing substance use prevention and delivering treatment services to individuals and their families.

UPC and UTC are currently under development by teams of international experts in the field. A substantial part of these materials have been written, piloted and are being used for training by prevention and addiction professionals in the field, particularly in Southeast Asia, Africa and South America. Both curricula will undergo a regular review and update every 2-3 years to ensure that they continue to reflect the scientific evidence base for work in prevention and treatment.

UPC and UTC are endorsed by or are of special interest to major international organizations, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Organization of American States (OAS/CICAD), the European Drug Monitoring Centre (EMCDDA) and the World Health OrganizationColombo Plan and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) have been the major financial providers for the development of these curricula.

UPC and UTC are being developed on evidence-based principles. They are being written in response to the demand for up-to-date and well-researched training programmes in the fields of prevention and treatment. Both the curricula provide professional development training material to cover the breadth of issues within the prevention and treatment fields.