INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATE COURSE ON
“Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders”
Course based on Advanced Universal Treatment Curriculum
(UTC) on Substance use disorder management.
From 16th December 2022
(Tuesday & Friday, 30 hours)
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:
Detailed coaching on “Working with Families with Substance Use Disorders”
Online Course starts on 16th December 2022
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)
Rs 4800 for Indians and USD 100 for International participants.
The course fee includes the entire sessions, Participant Manual, course assessments and Certificates of Completion.
Stories from around the Globe
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
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 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.
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 and motivation;
To provide participants with an understanding of the process and elements of treatment and recovery for SUDs.
To provide an overview of treatment models and principles for co-occurring disorders
To provide an overview of commonly co-occurring mental and medical 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 provide an overview of the importance of ethical guidelines and ethical decision-making models;
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 two months, starting on 30 September 2022.
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 Organizers: Ecolink Institute of Well-being, India in Collaboration with The Colombo Plan-Drug Advisory Programme
Duration of the training: Two Months (Online)
Eligible groups: Those who have completed UTC Basics or those with post-graduation in Psychology.
Proposed starting Date: 16th December 2022. (Registration to be closed by 16th December)
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:
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.
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
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.
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:
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, AutumnMind.com 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