INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE COURSE ON
Universal Treatment Curriculam (UTC)
For Substance Use Disorders (Full Course)
Organized by :
Ecolink Institute of Well-being, India
In collaboration with
Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (CP-DAP)
Curriculum developed by:
INL, US Department of State & The Colombo Plan
ICAP Examination conducted by:
ICAP Credentialing by:
Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC)
Colombo Plan certified Global Trainers
Live Online Course begins on 09 October 2023
Limited seats. Admission on a ‘First Come First-served basis'
Total 60 hours of training, all live sessions (No recorded sessions)
Live training on two days a week, Monday & Thursdays, 6 - 8 PM (IST- Indian Standard Time)
Sessions by ICAP Certified Global Master Trainers of the Colombo Plan
Curriculum 1 - 4 with 25 Modules, detailed training manuals and live zoom sessions for 4 months
Participant manual with detailed course materials, summaries, PPTs, etc given for each curriculum (around 250 pages in PDF format)
Office hours after each Curriculum to clarify doubts and discussions
Medium of Instruction: ENGLISH
Why Choose Us?
International award winner for “Excellence in Training Provision” (by ISSUP-Global, 2022)
Approved training provider of the Colombo Plan
Pioneer in Online training of UTC around the Globe
Global Master Trainers with years of clinical experience
More than 300 happy students from 20 countries
More than 90 % PASS rate for Ecolink students in ICAP (International Certified Addiction Professional )
Global Master Trainers:
⦁ Dr. Thirumagal V., Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
⦁ Ms. Aditi Sanika, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
⦁ Dr. Damber Nirola, Psychiatrist, Government of Bhutan
⦁ Mr. Sonam Jamtsho, Government of Bhutan
⦁ Mr. Francis Moothedan, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
⦁ Ms. Susmita Bannerji, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
⦁ Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer & Director, Ecolink
⦁ Ms. Reshma Malick, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer
Curriculum 1-4 only (USD 180 for internationals & Rs.9000 for Indians)
Fees can be paid either in a lump sum or in two instalments.
The course fee includes the entire sessions, participant’s manuals for each curriculum, and its examinations and 2 Certificates of Completion.
The participants appearing for the International Credentialing Examination (ICAP) conducted by the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) will need to pay an additional examination fee of USD 110, which needs to be paid directly to the GCCC before the exam date after the completion of the course.
Stories from around the Globe
Substance use disorder is a major mental health issue in the world that claims millions of deaths annually and cause several health-related ailments. Some 35.6 million people suffer from drug use disorders globally, according to the World Drug Report 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Globally, more than 3 million people die of alcohol use every year and nearly 8 million dies from tobacco-related ailments.
Chemical Dependency is a complex brain disease that is relapsing and associated with both physical and psychological co-occurring disorders. Since addiction is a complex process, recovery is also complex, which involves whole-person wellness and reintegration. Recovery from substance use disorders is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.
A person undergoes several emotional and physical issues during recovery which requires professional care and support. There is an acute shortage of qualified professionals and recovery coaches with proper training and experience to deal with addiction management and recovery. The Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) is specially designed by global experts under the supervision of the Colombo Plan and the US Department of State, through years of research and Evidence-Based Practices.
To provide participants with an understanding of the physiology of addiction as a brain disease;
To provide participants with information about the pharmacology of psychoactive substances.
To provide participants with a comprehensive overview of the nature of change; „
To provide participants with an understanding of the process and elements of treatment for SUDs.
To provide an overview of commonly co-occurring mental and medical disorders;
To provide an overview of treatment models and principles for co-occurring disorders
To provide an opportunity for participants to learn and practice basic skills they will need in all settings and models of treatment;
To teach and provide an opportunity for participants to practice basic group counselling skills.
To introduce participants to ways to implement recovery concepts in screening, assessment, and treatment planning;
To familiarize participants with the Alcohol, Smoking and Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST);
To provide an overview of basic principles, functions, and models of case management;
To provide an opportunity for participants to apply information about case management to their own practices.
To provide an overview of the importance of ethical guidelines and ethical decision-making models;
To provide participants with a specific decision-making tool and practice in using it and to provide an in-depth overview of a professional code of ethics.
The Training Design:
The eight curricula and their modules in this training series are designed for nearly six months course with two hours sessions two days a week. The trainers will provide a specific agenda for each curriculum with trainer-led presentations and discussions, frequent use of creative learner-directed activities, small-group and partner-to-partner exercises and presentations, reflective writing exercises, periodic reviews to enhance learning retention, and learning assessment exercises. Your active participation is essential to making this a positive and productive learning experience! To earn a certificate, participants are expected to maintain an attendance record of 80% or higher
The title of the training program: Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder
The Organizers: Ecolink Institute of Well-being, India
Duration of the training: Four months
Eligible groups: Substance Use Disorder professionals, Mental Health Practitioners, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Psychology students & Recovery coaches
Minimum Qualification: A University Recognized Bachelor’ Degree or more
Proposed starting Date: 09 October 2023
Training Days: Live training on two days a week, Monday & Thursdays
Training Hours: 6 - 8 PM (IST- Indian Standard Time)
Selection Process: Selection is done based on a written test and interview by the Ecolink Institute, India.
Total Number of Participants: 30
What the participants gain:
The participants will get a soft copy of the “participant’s Manual” for each curriculum with more than 250 Pages of resource materials, PPTs, and reference pages completely free. (total 8 such manuals)
The course is implemented in two parts with culminating examinations & certificates
The participants will get four completion certificates with marks cards
Completion Certificates will have the list of topics and modules covered
Those completing the course successfully can sit for an international credentialing examination online conducted by the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) and get an International Credential (ICAP- Internationally Certified Addiction Professional), which is approved in all major countries
The Resource persons:
Globally Certified Trainers for Universal Treatment Curricula with several hours of training and counselling experience around the world.
Dr. Thirumagal V., Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
Ms. Aditi Sanika, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
Dr. Damber Nirola, Psychiatrist and Master Trainer, Government of Bhutan
Mr. Francis Moothedan, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
Ms. Susmita Bannerji, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan
Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer & Director, Ecolink
Ms. Reshma Malick, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer
Moderator: Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer & Director, Ecolink
The Syllabus (Curricula and Modules)
The syllabus is designed by international experts based on evidence-based approaches and years of research. The overall goal of the training series is to reduce the significant health, social, and economic problems associated with substance use disorders (SUDs) by building international treatment capacity through training, professionalizing, and expanding the global treatment workforce.
Physiology and Pharmacology for Addiction Professionals
Module 1—Training Introduction
Module 2—Introduction to Psychoactive Substance Use
Module 3—The Science of Addiction
Module 4—Social Stigma
Module 5—Substances of Abuse: Characteristics and Consequences
Module 6—Integrating Learning Into Practice
Treatment for Substance Use Disorder, Continuum of Care
Module 1—Training Introduction
Module 2— Recovery and Recovery Management
Module 3_ Factors Affecting Treatment Outcomes
Module 4— Introduction to Motivation and Stages of Change
Module 5— Treatment: An Overview
Module 6— Components of Treatment: The Continuum of Care
Module 7_ Evidence-Based Practices for Treatment Intervention
Module 8 _ Integrating Learning Into Treatment
Common Co-Occurring Mental and Medical Disorders—An Overview for Addiction Professionals
Module 1—Training Introduction
Module 2— History of, Vulnerabilities to, and Impacts of Co-Occurring Disorders
Module 3— Assessment and Treatment Options and Models
Module 4— Specific Mental Disorders and Common Issues
Module 5— Substance-Induced Mental Disorders
Module 6— Common Co-occurring Medical Disorders
Module 7_ Integrating Learning Into Practice
Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals
Module 1—Training Introduction
Module 2— The Helping Relationship
Module 3— Core Counseling Skills
Module 4— Stages of and Strategies for Change
Module 5— Group Counseling: Basic Skills Module 6— Psycho-education Groups for Clients and Families Module
Module 7_ Teaching Clients Skills
Module 8 _ Integrating Learning Into Practice
Methodology for training:
The training will be imparted through zoom video conference, and the link will be sent through email and WhatsApp 03 hours prior to the scheduled time of the sessions. The students can click the link and the host will admit them to the ZOOM session 15 minutes prior. The training sessions will be from 6 pm to 8 pm IST with a 5-minute break in between.
The trainers will use PowerPoint presentations, interactive sessions, activities, and will be following a detailed manual with PPT and other instructions which will be made available to the participants before the session begins. The modules will be taken by expert resource persons who are recognized by the Colombo Plan and most of them serve as global trainers. There will be 8 curricula with 6-8 modules which will be imparted on one module-one day basis. Certain modules will be split into two days depending on their content. There will be homework and activities related to the sessions and reference materials will be provided.
Sessions will be provided live and not through any recorded videos. Students are expected to learn not only through the zoom sessions but through prescribed activities, home works and reading reference materials from the participant's manual and references provided.
The training comprises four courses, each consisting of two curriculums. Participants will receive four completion certificates upon successfully finishing each part of the training. To earn a certificate, participants are expected to maintain an attendance record of 80% or higher. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to take an international examination administered by GCCC for certification and credentialing. Following each curriculum, there will be a feedback session and an online model examination to help participants prepare for the ICAP examination at the end, which will credential them as internationally certified Addiction Professionals.
Background of the Universal Treatment Curriculum:
The Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders is an 8 Curricula syllabus with 48 modules developed for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) by global experts. This manual has undergone several revisions under the supervision of the Colombo Plan.
We would like to thank the following members of the Peer Review Panel and Treatment –Expert Advisory Group for their significant contributions in the revision of this Course:
Peer Review Panel:
Dr. Igor Koutsenok, Professor of Psychiatry, University of California San Diego, USA
Dr. Randy Koch, Associate Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Stephanie Lusk, Ph.D., CRC, University of Arkansas, USA
Special thanks to Dr. Elizabeth Saenz, Project Coordinator, Olga Parakkal and Sanita Suhartono, Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation Unit of UNODC for organizing and spearheading the peer review process.
Treatment - Expert Advisory Group:
Sadie Thimsen, Foreign Affairs Officer, INL
Tay Bian How, Former ICCE Director, Colombo Plan
Winona Pandan, Curriculum Development Coordinator, Colombo Plan
Dr. Elizabeth Saenz, Project Coordinator, UNODC
V. Thirumagal, Ph.D, Consultant-Trainer, India
Beatrice Kathungu, Ph.D, Lecturer, Kenyatta University
Prof. Dr. Mahmood Nazar Mohamed, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Asia Metropolitan University
Shirley Mikell, Project Manager, SME Consulting, LLP
Martha Hurley, Ph.D., Department Head and Professor, Texas A&M University Commerce
Hendrée Jones, Ph.D, UNC Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Special thanks to Brian Morales, Division Director, INL Global Drug Demand Reduction Programs, and Charlotte Sisson, Senior Foreign Affairs Officer and Team Lead, Drug Demand Reduction, INL for their guidance and support in the overall curriculum development process.
Background of the Agencies:
The International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)
The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) is a global, not for profit, non-government 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 had been able to implement its activities in consultation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the Organization of American States (OAS), and the African Union.
Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC):
The Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) is established by the Colombo Plan and the INL, US Department of State for promoting certified and qualified SUD professionals around the globe. Those participants completing UTC or UPC can get credentialed by the GCCC by attending an online examination conducted by the GCCC from time to time. The Headquarters of GCCC is in London, UK and it envisions a world where everyone has access to quality services that promote the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities. GCCC provides experience verification and appropriate exams to ensure that Governments and other employers are hiring and utilizing the most qualified professionals to improve the likelihood of positive outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
Ecolink Institute of Well-being:
Ecolink Institute, based in Mangalore, India is an approved “Training Provider” by the Colombo Plan for imparting Universal Treatment Curricula (UTC) and Prevention Curricula (UPC) for Substance Use Disorder. It is also affiliated to the International Society for Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), as a worldwide network of addiction professionals and the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC). The key founder of the Institute is Dr Thomas Scaria, an Internationally Certified Addiction Professional and trainer with over 30 years of experience in India and several Asian countries. He is also the founding member of Link De-addiction Center established in 1992 with nearly three decades of outstanding services. Ronnie Thomas, Dr Thulitha Wickrama & Tomy Mathew and are the co-founders of Ecolink.
Ecolink Institute of Well-being is a centre for psychological wellness, counselling, education and training, registered and based in the coastal city of Mangalore. The Institute manages ARCO (Addiction Recovery Coach Online) an online therapy platform for addiction therapy, which gives our trained students the opportunity to serve as addiction professionals.
For more details contact:
Ronnie Scarl Thomas,
Correspondent, Ecolink Institute of Well-being,
Mangalore, India -575008,
Phone: Ronnie: +91 8073168164 (WhatsApp)
Dr Thomas Scaria: +91 9448327209
Acknowledgements: Universal Treatment Curricula for Addiction Professionals is part of an eight-volume training series developed for the U.S. Department of State Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) by the Colombo Plan