In continuous effort to facilitate professional capacity building of Kazakhstan addiction treatment practitioners, on 6-15 June 2016 the Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE) in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan and in collaboration with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA) conducted another cycle of Training of Trainers (TOT) on Universal Treatment Curriculum for Substance Use Disorders (UTC). Astana Drug Treatment Centre in the capital of Kazakhstan hosted the nine-day training programme, facilitated by ICCE international trainers from Kenya, South Korea and Philippines.
Twenty-nine addiction treatment practitioners from various regions of Kazakhstan attended the third cycle of a continuous Training of National Trainers on UTC. ICCE also invited the Regional Trainers from five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) to join the training on the following two courses:
- UTC 3: Common Co-Occuring Mental and Medical Disorders – An Overview for Addiction Professionals;
- UTC 5: Intake, Screening, Assessment, Treatment Planning and Documentation for Addiction Professionals.
Based on their professional and personal experiences in addiction treatment, participating psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers were actively sharing and comparing opinions, engaging in interactive exercises, presentations, small and larger group work and individual reflections. Participation of Central Asian Regional Trainers brought a wider context and valuable regional expertise and knowledge into the discussions of national systems and standards of treatment.
Mr. Vladimir Magkoyev, ICCE Regional Trainer on UTC from Tajikistan noted: “Aside from providing a practical opportunity for participants to use internationally validated screening and assessment tools and comparative analytical discussions on DSM-V and ICD-10, this training is also a platform for the communication and experience exchange between trainers of various countries of the region”.
Looking forward to the last cycle of their training, Kazakhstan National Trainers expressed their interest in continuous education on Advanced Level UTC and GROW. Moreover, they also requested ICCE to consider providing ICCE credentialing examination in Russian language. ICCE salutes the commitment of Kazakhstan National Trainers to complete their training on Basic Level UTC. As a prerequisite for further participation, upon the completion of each cycle, National Trainers conduct echo-trainings. So far, utilising their own funding or with the funding support of their organisations for echo-trainings, National Trainers continue to share knowledge on evidence-based addiction treatment among another 170 treatment practitioners in the country.