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Motivational Interviewing Skills (MI) &

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

(Curriculum 11 & 12)

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

CBT Live training begins on 31st October 2022
(Monday & Thursday, 30 hours)

The course on MI was started on 12th September 

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 Motivational Interviewing (MI) & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Online Course starts from 12 September 2022. CBT Live training begins on 31st October 2022

  • 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: Monday & Thursday,  6-8 PM IST

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

  • Medium of Instruction: ENGLISH

  • Participants Manual with resource materials and PPT presentations given for both curricula, with over 500 pages (soft copy)


Global Master Trainers: 

  1. Ms Aditi Ghanekar, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

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

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

  4. Dr. Yatan Pal Singh, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  5. Ms Reshma Mallick, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  6. Dr Thomas Scaria, Approved Training provider and Moderator, Ecolink Institute of well-being

Course Fees:

  • For both courses on  MI and CBT:  Rs 5000 for Indians and USD 100 for International participants.

  • For the course on CBT : Rs 3500 for Indians and USD 60 for International participants.

  • 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 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.

The Motivational Interviewing:

  • MI is both a treatment philosophy and a set of methods used to help people increase internal motivation by exploring and resolving ambivalence about behavioural change

  • Historically, motivation was viewed as a prerequisite to treatment

  • When it was seen as not there, clients were treated as "resistant" and unmotivated

  • Can be effective for a wide variety of problems ranging from substance use to reducing risky behaviours

  • Can increase client engagement in treatment

  • Typically operates as a brief treatment with higher cost-effectiveness than the alternatives

  • Importantly, motivation can be modified and is influenced by the clinician's style (Miller and Rollnick, 1991)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT):

  • The main theory behind CBT is that your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour all impact each other. Using CBT techniques, you can replace problematic thought patterns with more positive or helpful ones.

  • To understand how addictive behaviours were learned and conditioned

  • To identify people, places, and things that trigger cravings to use

  • To learn healthy responses to triggers and enhance skills to gain and maintain abstinence  from drug or alcohol use

  • CBT for SUDs examines the client’s negative beliefs about his or herself [that fuel addictive behavior], and the client’s facilitating or permission-granting beliefs about substance use

  • When applied to changing addictive behaviours, CBT is often referred to as relapse prevention

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.

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 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 three days a week (Monday & Thursday) from 6-8 PM. The course is imparted through the zoom platform by live training sessions by global trainers in English. The course is for two months, starting from 12 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: : “Enhancing Motivational Interviewing skills & Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)”

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

Proposed starting Date12 September 2022; CBT Live training begins on 31st October 2022

Training Days: Wednesdays & Saturdays 

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: 30

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. (Total: 2 manuals)

  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.

Ms. Aditi Ghanekar, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

  1. Ms. Aditi Ghanekar, Global Master Trainer, Colombo Plan

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

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

  4. Dr.Thomas Scaria, Approved Training provider

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 11:

Enhancing Motivational Interviewing Skills

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2—Key Concepts of Motivational Interviewing.

Module 3—Developing Competence in the Pathway to Change

Module 4—Developing an MI Skill and Practice Integration Plan

Module 5_ Practical & Individual supervision

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Curriculum 12 :

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Module 1—Training Introduction

Module 2—Foundations of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy .

Module 3—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Process .

Module 4—Evidence-based Application of CBT for SUDs

Module 5_ Practical and Individualized

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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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