A group of twenty-six prevention experts, including Ms. Maria Skirk from Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), U.S. Department of State, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office (UNODC) and Colombo Plan attended the Prevention Expert Advisory Group (PEAG) meeting convened in Lisbon, Portugal on 13-14 July 2016. The meeting was chaired by Ms. Maria Skirk.
The meeting, conducted at the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, aimed to discuss the skills and competencies of prevention professionals highlighted in the UPC- Implementers Series, to share the pilot study proposal for nine countries of the European Union and roles of the engaged organisations, as well as to brief the participants on the current status of International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) and ISSUP web-site.
In addition to the main agenda points, the meeting also featured presentations by various experts related to UPC curriculum development coordination and trainings on the curriculum. Mr. Tay Bian How, Director of the Colombo Plan International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE), presented the status report on the trainings on the Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use (UPC) implemented by ICCE in various countries of the world. The report mainly focused on the evaluation the Training of Trainers (TOTs) and National Trainings on the UPC Coordinators Series (UPC-C) in countries like Bhutan, Fiji, Georgia, Kenya, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines and Sri Lanka.
Among the various issues concerning prevention, Mr. David Foxcroft, President of the European Society for Prevention Research briefed the participants on the model for the integration of the UPC into the university system and issues related to its implementation. Mr. Richard Spoth, Iowa State University, provided his insights on the regional consortia for UPC integration in North America and Canada.
ICCE wishes to express its sincere appreciation and gratitude to INL for funding this meeting.