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Webinar on

Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice

Organized by:


in collaboration with ISSUP INDIA


Date: 2 October 2021

Time: 4 pm IST (Indian Standard Time)

Duration: 60 Minutes

Who can Participate?

All the alumni members of the Ecolink Institute who completed the UTC course, members of the ISSUP-India, members of the ISSUP-Global, UTC graduates from other training providers.

Concept Note: 

In the past decade, The Colombo Plan's Basic Universal Training Curriculum (UTC) sought to increase knowledge, shape attitudes and initiate skill  development in the individual worker.

In this webinar, we describe the process by which organisations can :

  • Examine interventions in light of the continuum of care;

  • Integrate evidence based practices;

  • Redesign psycho-education group methodology and content and

  • Enhance professionalism in the workplace drawing from their code of ethics.

Speaker background:
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Dr.Thirumagal V

Global Master Trainer

With 35 years of experience in the SUD field, V.Thirumagal,  Ph.D from India has been part of Colombo Plan’s training efforts in 20 countries. Drawing from her extensive clinical experience, programme assessment and quality enhancement initiatives, she has designed training curricula for Colombo Plan, UNODC and other agencies.

Ecolink UTC Alumni Association:

The Ecolink Alumni Association consist of all the students of Universal Treatment Curriculum of Substance Use Disorder (UTC) from Ecolink Institute from 4 different batches. The forum is headed by Ms. Ramya R, the president and her team. Major activities include promotion of integrating UTC into clinical practice, hosting webinars, psycho education through YouTube channel, promotion of online therapy for SUDs under Addiction Recovery Coach Online (ARCO) and sharing of updated knowledge and information among its members on a regular basis. 

Ecolink Institute of Well-being:

Ecolink Institute is an approved Training Provider of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme which is currently involved in training addiction professionals with Universal Treatment Curriculum, facilitating the application process of the students for ICAP credentialing, and managing an online therapy platform for mental health and addiction management. The Institute has trained over 140 addiction practitioners from 17 countries so far in highest quality. Dr. Thirumagal V is the chief trainer of the Institute along with Ms. Aditi Ghanekar, Dr. Damber Nirola, Mr. Francis Moothedan, Ms.Reshma Malick and Dr.Thomas Scaria.

The International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)

The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) is a global organisation to support the development of a professional drug demand reduction workforce. It is a free, international, membership organisation, bringing together the range of workers from the prevention, treatment and recovery fields to inform, connect and strengthen their research, practice and policy making. ISSUP’s establishment and development have been the Colombo Plan and its Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) who have been the originator and major funder of the initiative.

ISSUP-India Chapter is the collaborating partner for the webinar in “Integrating UTC into Clinical Practice”



UTC training series was developed through funding from the US Department of State to the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme.

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