These trainings will provide you with a comprehensive overview of the nature of change and an understanding of the process and elements of treatment and prevention for substance use disorders (SUDs).
The overall goal of the training series is to reduce the significant health, social, and economic problems associated with SUDs by building international treatment capacity through training, professionalizing, and expanding the global treatment and prevention workforce. These trainings prepare counselors for professional certification at the entry level by providing the latest information about SUDs and their treatment and facilitating hands-on activities to develop skills, confidence, and competence.
Every participant has a choice regarding certification. If you wish to apply for CE credits, there will be a series of assessment questions at the end of each module and you must score at least 80% to receive the certificate. It is also possible to complete the course without certification or CE credits.
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UTC 1: Introduction to the Science of Addiction
This course presents a comprehensive overview of addiction; provides an understanding of the physiology of addiction as a brain disease; and describes the pharmacology of psychoactive substances.
UTC 2: Continuum of Care for Addiction Professionals
This course provides the foundation for learning about substance use disorder treatment. It gives an overview of recovery and recovery management, stages of change, principles of effective treatment, components of treatment and evidence-based practices.
UTC 3: Common Co-Occurring Mental and Medical Disorders
An Overview for Addiction Professionals
This course offers an overview of the relationship between co-occurring mental and medical disorders and substance use disorder related treatment issues.
UTC 4: Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals
This course focuses on an overview of the helping relationship and the opportunity to practice core counseling including basic skills in motivational interviewing, group counseling and implementation of psychoeducation sessions.
UTC 6: Case Management for Addiction Professionals
This is a skill-based course that provides an overview of case management in substance use disorder treatment and provides skills practice in case management functions.
UTC 7: Crisis Intervention for Addiction Professionals
This course addresses the concept of crisis as a part of life and provides guidelines for crisis intervention, including managing suicide risk. It also addresses ways counsellors can avoid personal crisis situations by providing information and exercises about counsellor self-care.
UTC 8: Ethics for Addiction Professionals
This course focus is on professional conduct and ethical behavior in substance use disorder treatment. It also provides participants with the opportunity to learn and practice the use of an ethical decision making tool.
This training series is being developed through funding from the U.S. Department of State to The Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP). More information on the Colombo Plan can be found at http://www.colombo-plan.org/.