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Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders

(Curriculum 14)

Course based on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum
(UTC) on Substance use disorder management. 

From 10th January 2023

(Tuesday & Friday, 30 hours)

Trainer: Dr.V.Thirumagal

Curriculum Developer and Global Trainer

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

Medium of Instruction:


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  •  Detailed coaching on “Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders”

  • Online Course starts on 10th January 2023

  • Limited seats.  Admission on a ‘first come, first served basis’

  • Total 30 hours of training, all live sessions (No recorded sessions)

  • Classes two days a week: Tuesday & Friday,  6-8 PM Indian Standard Time

  • Resource persons: ICAP Certified Global Master Trainers of the Colombo Plan

  • Medium of Instruction: ENGLISH

  • Participants Manual with resource materials and PPT presentations are given for both curricula, with over 250 pages (soft copy)

Course Fees:

  • Rs 3990 for Indians and USD 80 for International participants.

  • The course fee includes the entire sessions, Participant Manual, course assessments and Certificates of Completion.

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Ecolink Institute of Well-being is an approved training provider for the Colombo Plan involved in training addiction professionals globally. It has successfully done seven international batches, covering addiction professionals from around the globe through online live training sessions.


The Institute has been awarded the “Excellence in Training Provision” by the International Society for Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP) recently in Abu Dhabi, UAE amidst representatives from over 100 countries around the globe in the presence of senior leaders of the Colombo Plan, UNODC, WHO, African Union and ISSUP.


After completing seven International batches for the full basic courses, (Curriculum 1-8), few regional eco trainings and preparing the students for the ICAP exam, the Ecolink Institute is now introducing the advanced courses from Curriculum 9-22 with a goal of promoting specialists in addiction therapy. The courses on MI and CBT are introduced in this course.

Working with Families:  

The training curricula have been developed based on adult learning principles and use a variety of approaches to draw upon the experiences of the participants and build knowledge and skills in a learner-friendly training environment.


The training includes:  Trainer-led presentations and discussions; Small-group and partner-to-partner interactions; Small-group exercises and presentations;


Participant Manual: Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders, Reflective journal writing exercises, Role plays and case study discussions,  Periodic reviews and activities to enhance retention

Training goals

  • To present an overview of issues related to substance use in the context of the family

  • To provide participants with an understanding of the interventions that can be carried out with families affected by SUD.


Participants who complete Curriculum 14 will be able to:

  • Describe at least five areas of negative impact of substance use on individual members in a family as well as the family unit as a whole

  • List five levels of interventions with the family and at least one type of family level intervention

  • Briefly describe coping mechanisms adopted by family members and challenges families face in recovery

  • List at least five family therapy models and describe at least three elements of the intervention

The Background:

The 2022 World Drug Report provided a global overview of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine-type stimulants and new psychoactive substances (NPS), as well as their impact on health.


According to the report, around 284 million people aged 15-64 used drugs worldwide in 2020, a 26 per cent increase over the previous decade. World Health Organization (2020) estimated that harmful alcohol use causes 3 million deaths each year and accounts for 10% of deaths in the age group of 15 to 49 years. Death may be due to health complications, overdose, suicides, violence or accidents

There is a lack of trained staff in the SUD treatment field and a lack of treatment facilities as well. Only 1 in 8 people with drug use disorders had been in treatment (UNODC, 2020). There are also concerns about substandard treatment for SUD due to a lack of sufficient services and application of evidence-based practices


The advanced courses is part of the global syllabus of Universal Treatment and prevention curriculum which is developed by the global experts under the supervision of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Program and the UNODC with funding from INL, US Department of State. The advanced courses are aimed at developing an expert pool of addiction professionals in the world, which is based on evidence-based practices.

The Training Design: 

The advanced course will be held two days a week, Tuesday & Friday,  6-8 PM Indian Standard Time.​ The course is imparted through the zoom platform by live training sessions by global trainers in English. The course is for one months, starting from 10 January to 7 February, 2023.

The trainers will provide a specific agenda for each course with trainer-led presentations and discussions, individualized case management plans, frequent use of creative learner-directed activities, small-group and partner-to-partner exercises and presentations, and periodic reviews to enhance learning retention. Your active participation is essential to making this a positive and productive learning experience!


The title of the training program: “Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders” (Curriculum 14)

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

Duration of the training:  One month (Online) 

Eligible groups: Those who have completed UTC Basics or those with post-graduation in Psychology.

Proposed starting Date10th January 2023. (Registration to be closed by 7th January)

Training Days: Tuesday & Friday

Training Hours: 6 PM to 8 PM (IST - Indian Standard Time) 

Selection Process:   Selection is done based on a written test.

Total Number of Participants: 25

Medium of Instruction: English

What the participants gain:
  1. The participants will get a soft copy of the Participant Manual for each curriculum with more than 250 Pages of resource materials, PPTs, and reference pages completely free. 

  2. The Certificates of Completion will have the logo of the Colombo Plan and the transcript of the topics and modules covered with a number of hours.

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.


Trainer: Dr Thirumagal V, Global Master Trainer & Curriculum Developer, Colombo Plan

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 help the addiction practitioners with advanced knowledge and skills in managing SUDs at their Recovery centres with specific therapeutic skills. The first course is on enhancing Motivational Interviewing skills and the second course is on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Curriculum 14:

Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2—Impact of Substance Use on The Family

Module 3—Coping with Substance Use

Module 4—Recovery in the Family

Module 5—Interventions with the Family

Module 6—Evidence-Based Approaches in Family Therapy

Module 7—Review and development of Practice Integration Plan.

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Curriculum 2

Methodology for training:   

The training will be imparted through zoom video conference. The training sessions will be from 6 pm to 8 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday with a 5-minute break in between.


The training will be using PowerPoint presentations, interactive sessions, and 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 home work 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 as two courses and participants will be awarded Certificates of Completion for each course upon successful completion. There will be a pre-test and post-test as well as a feedback session at the end of the course.

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. The course offered in Hindi is Curriculum 1 & 2 with some additional topics
which are significant to the participants.

Background of the 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 with 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 development programs in India and several Asian countries. He is also the founding member of the Link De-addiction Center established in 1992 with nearly three decades of outstanding services. Ronnie Thomas and Dr Thulitha Wickrama and Roshan T 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 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 counselling and therapy program and a training centre too.

For more details, please contact:

Ronnie Scarl Thomas,

Correspondent, Ecolink Institute of Well-being,

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




Phone:  +91 8073168164  (WhatsApp) +919448327209

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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