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Universal Treatment Curriculam (UTC)

(Curriculum 1 & 2)

“Science of Addiction & Treatment and Recovery”

From 13 December 2021

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


Collaborating group: Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers (www.kaps.org.in)  

Medium of Instruction:


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 ⦁    Online Course starts from 13 December 2021

⦁    Limited seats.  Admission on  a ‘first-come, first-served basis'
⦁    Total 50 hours of training, all live sessions (No recorded sessions)
⦁    Classes two days a week; Tuesday & Thursday, 6 PM to 8 PM (IST - Indian Standard Time) 

⦁    Sessions conducted by ICAP Certified Global Master Trainers of the Colombo Plan 
⦁    All 
modules of the Curriculum 1 on Pharmacology of Addiction and Curriculum 2 on Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

⦁     Additional sessions on Alcoholism, Co-occurring Mental and Physical Disorders, Counselling skills, Ethics in addiction management, etc

⦁     Medium of Instruction: MALAYALAM

Global Master Trainers: 

  1. Mr. Francis Moothedan, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  2. Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified trainer & Director of Ecolink

  3. Ms. Leebamol Babu, ICAP Certified Counsellor, TTK Hospital

Course Fees:
⦁   Course fee for persons Outside India, USD 80. 

⦁    For Indian nationals, INR 4800/ plus GST for the certificate course.

⦁    Fees have to be paid in one lump sum (No installment facility available).
⦁    The course fee includes the entire sessions, Participant Manual for each course, 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 UTC Training programs, including one on Tamil language, covering addiction professionals from around the globe through online live training sessions. Now, we offer courses in Hindi for the sake of addiction practitioners. Universal Treatment Curriculum on Substance Use Disorder is developed by the Colombo Plan and is used as an internationally recognized training syllabus in more than 80 countries.


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 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 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 counseling skills.

  • To provide an overview of the importance of ethical guidelines and ethical decision-making models; 

The Training Design: 

The crash course will be held two days a week (Tuesday and Thursday) from 6-8 PM. The course is imparted through the ZOOM platform by live training sessions by global trainers in Tamil languages. The course is for two months, starting from 13 December 2021 to 3 February 2022. Your active participation is essential to making this a positive and productive learning experience!


The title of the training program: Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorder (Curriculum 1 & 2)

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

Duration of the training:  Two Months (Online) 

Eligible groups: Addiction professionals, Social workers, psychologists & Recovery coaches only

Proposed starting Date13 December, 2021

Training Days: Tuesday & Thursday

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: 40 

Medium of Instruction: Malayalam

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. This manual will be in English, but classes will be in Tamil (Total: 2 manuals)

  2. In addition to Curriculum 1 & 2, the participants will get significant sessions on Co-occurring mental and physical disorders, Counselling skills, ethics in recovery programs, etc.  

  3. The Certificates of Completion will have the logo of the Colombo Plan and the list of topics and modules covered​.

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 counseling experience around the world. Most Trainers are also Certified Trainers for UNODC.

  1. Mr. Francis Moothedan, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  2. Dr. Thomas Scaria, ICAP Certified trainer & Director of Ecolink

  3. Ms. Leebamol Babu, ICAP Certified Counsellor, TTK Hospital

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 addiction practitioners with basic knowledge and skills in managing SUDs at their Recovery centers. The course is designed to give a clear picture of the science of addiction, its disease concept, stages and symptoms, and classification of psychoactive substances in the first course and discuss the treatment models, procedures, and managing recovery in the second course. In addition, participants will be also given additional sessions on counseling skills and ethics.

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


Additional sessions:

  1. Common Co-Occurring Mental and Medical Disorders—An Overview for Addiction Professionals

  2. Basic Counseling Skills for Addiction Professionals

  3. Ethics for Addiction Professionals

Methodology for training:   

The training will be imparted though 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 class room from 15 minutes prior to the
session. The training sessions will be from 6 pm to 8 pm (IST) with a 5 minutes break in

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 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:

( www.ecolinkinstitute.com,   www.autumnmind.com,  )

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 development 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 Roshan T 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, 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 counseling and therapy program and a training center too.

For more details, please contact:

Ronnie Scarl Thomas,

Correspondent, Ecolink Institute of Well-being,

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



Email: ecolinkinstitute@gmail.com, elrecoveryonline@gmail.com,

Phone: +919448327209, +91 8073168164 (WhatsApp)

Local Coordinator: Mr. Francis Moothedan, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan: +919961453020

Collaborating group: Kerala Association of Professional Social Workers (www.kaps.org.in)

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