This course presents a comprehensive discourse of substance use interventions with emphasis on the pretreatment phase in the continuum of care.
Fundamental knowledge on substance use disorders (SUD), commonly known as addiction will be provided through a description of the pharmacology of psychoactive substances; understanding of the physiology of substance use disorders (SUD) as a brain disease; and overview of the continuum of care for SUD treatment.
Recovery management through pre-treatment interventions of outreach, screening, and assessment will be covered. The course will enable the participants to build their skills building in outreach, brief intervention, documentation and administration of ASI and ASSIST.
Oct. 24, 31,
Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28
5 hours a week
18 hours synchronous | 12 hours asynchronous
At the end of the module the participant will be able to:
Explain the physiology of addiction as a brain disease.
Identify classes of psychoactive substances and its route of administration.
Discuss the effects and consequences of common psychoactive substance.
Design pre-treatment components according to institutional needs.
Discuss recovery capital and its role in treatment outcomes.
Identify the components of treatment and explain the continuum of care.
Demonstrate skills in outreach and brief intervention.
Administer ASISST and ASI.
Design pre-treatment components according to institutional needs.
This program is intended for:
Drug Abuse Counselors
Medical doctors and allied
Students in the mental health, social work, psychology and counseling fields.
Local Government ADACs
School Guidance Counselors
As well as:
High School Graduate with four years work experience in SUD treatment
College undergrad with two years work experience in SUD Treatment Setting
College Graduate of any Social Science and Allied Medical Courses
Government Employees: Anti Drug Abuse Councils (Barangay, Municipal, City, Provincial), Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Corrections, etc.
Overview of Universal Treatment Curriculum
Introduction to Psychoactive Substances
Characteristics and Consequences of Abuse of Substances
The Science of Addiction
Recovery & Recovery Management
Introduction to Motivation & Stages of Change
Factors affecting Treatment Outcome
Continuum of Care
SUD Screening: Alcohol, Smoking & Substance Involvement Screening Test (ASSIST)
Domain of Assessment
SUD Assessment: Addiction Severity Index (ASI)
Practising ASSIST, Brief Intervention & ASI
Referral to Treatment
Person Centered Treatment
Practice Integration Plan
Ma. Veronica Felipe
Miss Ma. Veronica Felipe is the 10 th Director of the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme (DAP) and recently concluded her role as DAP Senior Advisor. As Director, she was responsible for overall leadership, program design, implementation, monitoring, and impact assessment of DAP portfolio of 120 projects on substance use prevention, treatment, curriculum development, training, and credentialing. She is a Global Master Trainer and has conducted over 30 Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) trainings throughout Asia and Africa. Prior to joining DAP, Miss Felipe held various academic positions, including Dean of Student Affairs, Associate Dean of the College of Human Development, and Chairperson of the Psychology Department at Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (University of the City of Manila). Her involvement in the field of substance use disorder prevention and treatment began in 1999 at the Life Management Foundation. Miss Felipe earned her Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2010. She has also completed 36 units of coursework towards her Doctorate Degree in Educational Psychology. In addition, Miss Felipe is a state registered psychologist, a licensed secondary education teacher, and holds the International Credentialed Addictions Professional (ICAP I) status through the Colombo Plan’s Global Centre for Credentialing and Certification.
Katherine Dela Cruz, RPsy, ICAP III
Kath is a licensed psychologist who started her practice in a residential treatment facility for substance addiction in Tagaytay. The experience allowed her extensive exposure in the field of addiction treatment which includes screening and assessment, counseling and psychotherapy, case management and also providing other interventions for persons with substance use disorder, co-occurring disorders and other mental health issues. She recently earned her certification as an International Certified Addiction Professional, Level III and is also among the Global Trainers for Colombo Plan, Drug Advisory Program. Currently she is a practicing psychologist attending to various cases of mental health problems including but not limited to mood disorders, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, addiction and personality disorders. She also works to provide corporate services such as seminars, workshops and group processes.
Edna Luz R. Abulon
Dr. Edna Luz R. Abulon is currently the Director of the Educational Policy Research and Development Center of the Philippine Normal University. As a Full Professor (of Psychology) by rank, she has been teaching major courses in the Guidance and Counseling; and Educational Assessment and Evaluation graduate programs. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology degree and a Master of Arts in Psychology from the University of the Philippines – Diliman. She took her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Magna Cum Laude) and finished a Master of Arts in Educational Measurement and Evaluation at the Philippine Normal University. She is a registered Psychologist and Psychometrician with professional trainings in the Universal Treatment Curricula (Basic and Advance UTC) for Addiction Professionals sponsored by the Colombo Plan, Colombo, Sri Lanka. She also holds an international license as an Addiction Professional, Clinical level (ICAP II). Her research interests are in the field of clinical psychology centering on the lives of battered women and families of drug dependents; educational policy research; action research in basic education and instrument development and validation. She has been giving lectures in schools and local organizations on research methods, action research and assessment of educational outcomes. She has been tapped as a Global Master Trainer by the Colombo Plan – Drug Advisory Programme, conducting trainings on the basic and advanced Universal Treatment Curricula (UTC) for Addiction Professionals in member-countries in Asia, Europe and Africa.
Therese C. Castillo, RPsy, ICAP I
Ms. Therese Castillo is a registered psychologist who specializes on addiction treatment, recovery management and mental health. She graduated BS Psychology and AB Guidance and Counseling from St. Scholastica’s College-Manila where she was an awardee for Best Thesis. She received her master’s degree in Psychology major in Clinical Psychology from De La Salle University Manila. Her first publication on The Recovery Experience can be found in the Philippine Journal of Psychology. Her clinical practice was started at Seagulls Flight Foundation, Inc. in Tagaytay, an in-patient addiction treatment and behavioral healthcare center, for eight years. She has received international credentials as an International Certified Addiction Professional. She’s also a global master trainer for the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory Programme -- International Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals for the following: Universal Treatment Curriculum on Substance Use Disorders (Basic and Advanced Levels) and Women’s Intervention for Substance Exposure (WISE). She is the founder and owner of a lifestyle and wellness service provider – Camp Coco Wellness Alternatives, a brand that offers well-being programs to nourish the mind, body, heart and spirit of professionals, young entrepreneurs, corporate groups, students and communities. She is currently setting up a new treatment center in a different location and is still immersed in clinical practice at ChildFam Possibilities as a consultant psychologist.
Has beenDeeply involved in the SUbstance Use Disorder treatment field since 1993 , in recovery himself beginning with Life Management foundation in Makati, which pioneered short term outpatient treatment in the Philippines He Currently runs a private addiction counselling and recovery service in Baguio city - Serenity in the Steps. And is an CPDAP Master trainer since (2010), Approved Education Provider (2015) and PRC CPD accredited provider of Guidance and counseling (2016). Founded ISSUP Philippines ( 2014) and is also a board member of ISSUP global (2015). His treatment experience is directly responsible for hundreds of successful recovering individuals and families. His programs have also been adopted by 12 step rehabs initiated by his Graduates in the country. , he Developed CBT- 12 step based trauma interventions for typhoon survivors in 2006 which destroyed his rehab in Bicol. He refined this module which was implemented and trained to other responders in subsequent National disasters , including the initial onset of the War on Drugs in 2016. This was packaged as “BERA” - Baguio emergency response to addiction “ which graduated 300 surrenderees in Baguio city in. 6 months and later awarded for best practices.
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