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Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC)

(Full Course)
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Organized by :
Ecolink Institute of Well-being, India 

Curriculum developed by:
Treatment Experts and Professionals 
The Colombo Plan
with funding from 
INL, US Department of State  

ICAP Examination conducted by:
Global Center for Credentialing & Certification, Colombo Plan

Our Mexican Partner: 



 ⦁    Online Course starts from 5 April 2021.
⦁    Limited seats.  Admission on  a ‘first-come, first-served basis'
⦁    Total 160 hours of training, all live sessions (No recorded sessions)
⦁    Classes two days a week: Monday & Friday,

⦁    Time: 6-8 AM (MST- Hermosillo, Mexico) | 6.30- 8.30 PM (Indian Standard Time)
⦁    Sessions conducted by ICAP Certified Global Master Trainers of the Colombo Plan 
⦁    Courses 1 – 8 consisting of  48 Modules, training manuals, and live zoom sessions for 6 months 
⦁    Office hours support after each course to clarify doubts and discussions
⦁    The medium of Instruction: ENGLISH

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 

Course Fees:
⦁    USD 360 for the entire course.
⦁    Fees can be paid either in one lump sum or in two installments.
⦁    The course fee includes the entire sessions, Participant Manual for each course, course assessments, and Certificates of Completion

ICAP Credential:

⦁    The participants appearing for the International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) examination conducted by the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) will need to pay an additional examination fee of USD 100 directly to the GCCC before the examination date and after the completion of the course.

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The Resource persons
What the participants gain
The Training Design
Training goals
Proposed starting Date
Methodology for training
Ecolink Institute
Los Altos
Background of the Universal Treatment Curriculum:


This Course on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) is specially designed for addiction practitioners in Mexico in collaboration with Los Altos and ISSUP Mexico. 

Mexico is experiencing serious social and health problems related to the trafficking, use, and abuse of these drugs and other dependency-producing substances. A 1988  national survey held in Mexico on the prevalence of the substance use disorder, it was noted that, 51% of the population between 18 and 65 years of age use alcoholic beverages and 24.7% of the entire study population are active smokers. In addition, 43% had used one or more drugs other than tobacco or alcohol at some time. Prevalence of marijuana use was 2.6%, while the rates for tranquilizers, inhalants, and amphetamines were identical (0.7%). For cocaine the rate was 0.3%, and for heroin, 0.1%. This necessitates the requirement for more addiction professionals to cater to the most vulnerable population caught between drug trafficking and addiction.

Substance use disorder is also a major mental health issue in the world which 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 die from tobacco related ailments. 

Chemical Dependency is a complex brain disease which is relapsing and associated with both physical and psychological co-occurring disorders. Since addiction is a complex process, recovery is also complex, which involves a 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 and coordinated by The Colombo Plan with funding support from the US Department of State, with a focus on evidence-based practices.

Training goals: 

⦁    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 counseling 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 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 4 months as online live sessions at the Zoom platform with participatory activities, home assignments, etc. Your trainers have provided you with 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!


Participants will receive a Participants Manual with detailed resources, PPTs, and activity guidelines for each curriculum. In total, participants will receive eight (8) such manuals running into nearly 300 pages each. The whole curriculums are divided into 4 courses which will end with a post-test and completion Certificates. These Completion Certificates are required for applying to ICAP credentialing.

The title of the training program: Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder

The OrganizersEcolink Institute of Well-being, India in Collaboration with  The Colombo Plan-Drug Advisory Programme

Duration of the training:  Six Months Online Course from 29 March, 202

Eligible groups: Addiction practitioners attached to addiction recovery centres, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Doctors, Social workers, Recovery coaches

Minimum Qualification:        A University Recognized Bachelors’ Degree or more

Proposed starting Date5 April 2021

Training Days: Monday & Friday,

Training Hours: 6 - 8 AM (Mexican Time) 

Selection Process:   Selection is done based on a written test and interview by the Ecolink Institute, India. Initial Screening will be done by Los Altos, Mexico

Total Number of Participants: 30

What the participants gain:
  1. The participants will get a soft copy of the “participant’s Manual” for each curriculum with more than 250 Pages of matter, PPTs, and reference materials completely free. (total 8 such manuals)

  2. The course is implemented in four  parts with culminating examinations & certificates

  3. The participants will get four completion certificates with marks cards

  4. Completion Certificates will have the list of topics and modules covered

  5. Completion Certificates will carry the logo of the Colombo Plan and authorized Training Provider.

  6. Those who have successfully completed the full course can sit for an online credentialing examination conducted by the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) and  get the International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) credential. 

The Resource persons:

Globally Certified Addiction Trainers for Universal Treatment & Prevention Curricula, promoted by the Colombo Plan & US Department of State with several hours of training and counselling experience around the world. Most Trainers are also Certified Trainers for UNODC.

  1. Dr. Thirumagal V, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  2. Ms. Aditi Ghaneker, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  3. Mr. Francis Moothedan, ICAP-III certified Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  4. Ms. Susmita Bannerji, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  5. Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified Addiction Trainer & Director, Ecolink

  6. Dr. Damber Kumar Nirola, Psychiatrist and ICAP Certified Trainer (Bhutan)

  7. Ms. Reshma Malick, ICAP-III Certified Addiction Trainer

  8. Mr. Sonam Jamtsho, ICAP-III Certified Addiction Trainer (Bhutan)


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. 

Curriculum 1:

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

Curriculum 2 :

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

Curriculum 3 :

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

Curriculum 4 :

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

Curriculum 5 :

Intake, Screening, Assessment, Treatment Planning and Documentation for Addiction Professionals

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2— Environment, Treatment Engagement and Retention

Module 3— Intake, Screening and Brief Intervention

Module 4— Assessment

Module 5— The Addiction Severity Index Module 6— Person-Centered Planning

Module 7_ Record keeping (Documentation)

Module 8 _ Integrating Learning Into Practice

Curriculum 6 :

Case Management for Addiction Professionals

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2— Overview of Case Management

Module 3— Models of Case Management Module 4— Steps of Case Management

Module 5— Integrating Learning Into Practice

Curriculum 7 :

Crisis Intervention for Addiction Professionals

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2— What Causes a Crisis?

Module 3— 20 Guidelines for Crisis Management

Module 4— Managing Suicide Risk.

Module 5— Avoiding Personal Crisis: Counselor Safety and Self-Care

Module 6 _ Integrating Learning Into Practice

Curriculum 8 :

Ethics for Addiction Professionals

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2— Foundations for Ethical Thinking

Module 3— A Model for Ethical Decision-Making

Module 4—NAADAC Ethical Principles, I-IV

Module 5— NAADAC Ethical Principles, V-VII

Module 6— NAADAC Ethical Principles, VIII-IX

Module 7_ Case Studies

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 classroom from 15 minutes prior to the session. The training sessions will be from 6 pm to 8 pm with a 10 minutes break in between. 

The training will be using 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 serving 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 is conducted in four parts of two courses each and participants will be awarded four Certificates of Completion upon successful completion of each part. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to appear for a credentialing examination conducted by GCCC. There will be a feedback session and online model examination after each course to help prepare participants for the ICAP examination.  

Background of the Universal Treatment Curriculum:

The Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders is an eight-course training series with 48 modules developed by treatment experts and professionals for the Colombo Plan with funding from the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), US Department of State. These manuals have 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 training series: 

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. 

Public Domain Notice 
All materials appearing in this Course except for those taken directly from copyrighted sources are in the public domain and may be reproduced or copied without permission from the U.S. Department of State INL or the authors. Citation of the source is appreciated. However, this publication may not be reproduced or distributed for a fee without specific, written authorization from INL. 

The substance use disorder treatment interventions described or referred to herein do not necessarily reflect the official position of INL or the U.S. Department of State. The guidelines in this document should not be considered substitutes for individualized client care.


Background of the Agencies:

The International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP)


ISSUP was established by INL in 2015 to support the development of a global prevention and treatment workforce. ISSUP’s broader mission is to ground and guide the drug demand reduction field in keeping with evidence-based approaches, quality standards, and sound ethical best practices.

ISSUP provides its members with opportunities and access to share knowledge, exchange experiences, and stay up-to-date with the latest research in the field. Membership at ISSUP can open the door to individuals and networks of professionals who will help you grow and expand your knowledge and skills.

To date there are more than 10,000 ISSUP members worldwide with national chapters in 14 countries and six more national chapters now in the process of being formalized.  You can learn more about ISSUP and join for free at: 

Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC):

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The Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) of Addiction Professionals was established in 2009. It is part of the international organization known as the Colombo Plan and falls under its Drug Advisory Programme (DAP). DAP’s universal curricula and global trainings help prepare trainees to work as qualified professionals who are capable of applying the latest science-based treatment and prevention approaches. 

It is GCCC’s mission to provide both experience verification and appropriate exams to ensure that governments and other employers are hiring and utilizing the most qualified professionals. Throughout the year, GCCC hosts International Certified Addiction Professional (ICAP) examinations around the world. The ICAP exams cover the necessary knowledge and skills needed to be an effective professional.

You are invited to visit the GCCC website at for more information about how to accelerate your career with credentials and build evidence of your commitment to the highest professional standards.

Ecolink Institute of Well-being: 

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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 social developmental programs 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 and Dr. Thulitha Wickrama and are the co-founders of Ecolink.

Ecolink Institute of Well-being is a center for psychological wellness, counseling, education, and training, registered and based in the coastal city of Mangalore. The Institute runs an Online Counselling portal named, with over 25 well-qualified Counsellors and psychologists who deal with mental health issues, addiction Management, relationship matters, and child and adolescent counseling. It also runs a face-to-face counseling and therapy program and a training center too.

Los Altos:

Los Altos, Mexico and its Chairman Ph.D. Christian Alejandro Martinez Leyva is the local coordinators for this training course, working closely with the ISSUP Mexico Chapter. Mr. Martinez Leyva is already a student of the UTC course with Ecolink Institute. Los Altos is a multidisciplinary group of health professionals, dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of mental health and addictions in the state of Sonora, in Mexico. Los Altos evidence-based program is designed to introduce new habits and wellness techniques you can use to conquer cravings, identify addiction triggers, prevent relapse, and manage co-occurring conditions such as anxiety and depression.

For more details, please contact:

Ronnie Thomas,

Correspondent, Ecolink Institute of Well-being,

2/98/17, G.M. Arcade, Airport Road, Yeyyadi,




Phone: +919448327209, +91 8073168164 (whatsapp)


Acknowledgments: 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

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