In 2015, FONTANA, a Danish NGO working in Vietnam in cooperation with PEPFAR, SAMHSA, and UCLA conducted an assessment of training needs for practitioners. The assessment found that there was a big gap and lack of professional knowledge amongst staff working in this field. As a result of this assessment, FONTANA in cooperation with SAMHSA entered into a Cost-Sharing Initiative (CSI) with Colombo Plan ICCE (CPICCE) as a first step to build the capacity of professional staff that would manage persons with substance use disorders (SUDs). Hence, the training on UTC 1 was organized and conducted in Nha Trang from 25 May – 01 June 2016. This was followed by a training on UTC 2 conducted from 01 – 12 August 2016 attended by the same group of addiction practitioners who were counselors, social volunteers, social workers, nurses, mental health staff, medical doctors and psychiatrists. A total of 86 participants attended the two training.
What participants say about the training:
“Firstly, I feel that this training is very interesting and beneficial to all of us. The enthusiasm and high spirit demonstrated by the trainers allowed the participants to put forward their questions, shared their thoughts and experiences without hesitation. The training was very interactive and participants value the knowledge and skills acquired from the training.
The training on gives me more confidence, as well as enhance my knowledge and skills in providing treatment and continuing care to my patients on a daily basis.”
Khanh Hoa Psychiatric Hospital
“After five days of training I can conclude that UTC 2 helped participants to gain comprehensive insight into the importance of science based practice into treatment of substance use disorders. I can say that the knowledge acquired through this training serves as useful guide for us to bring back to our treatment center. The knowledge on evidence-based treatment will help to change our perception of treatment of SUDs and this gives us hope for a better future for treatment and recovery.
The training methods, use of resources and skills of the trainers made the training very lively and rewarding.”
Mr Dau Quong Hieu