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Winter Newsletter 2019

Regional Activities

African Regional Meeting
The International ISSUP conference was held on 10-14th of December 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with NACADA (National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse).  The ICUDDR track was held during this event and gave participants an opportunity to share experiences about drug demand reduction study programs with a focus on the African region.  It was incredibly successful with over 40 participants, 29 different Universities/organizations, and 12 countries represented. 
Participants in the first ICUDDR track meeting in the African region.
Click here: International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) Membership Survey
Please help us gather important info in this survey (approx 15 minutes time to complete).  The survey is in English; a Spanish version will be available in February.
The 2 1/2 day event was streamed live through the Zoom platform, allowing interested parties (such as students and other colleagues) who could not attend to watch from their countries/locations.  The PowerPoint presentations and Zoom recordings are available at the links below:


Member Profile

Boitekanelo College in Botswana is developing a graduate certification in addiction counseling.  It will be part of their excellent School of Allied Health which brings together specialists in the areas of Health Care Assistance, Plaster Technology, Dental Surgery Assisting, Counselling and Emergency Medical Care, Nutrition and Dietetics and Clinical Technology.  The certificate is being developed for those with relevant Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees with counselling backgrounds. 
To create such a program, the school is working to engage stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Tertiary Education, Botswana Health Profession Council, NGOs, students, and Business Botswana.  A clear need has been established for a program such as this in this region.  They are conducting on-going research to determine the target audience for the qualification and what types of courses should be included in the program offerings.  Curriculum development will include number of courses, what learning outcomes the courses should aim for, the order of courses, and preferred teaching methodologies. 
Recent Research
On January 24th, there will be an opportunity to learn about:

"Current Prevention Research and What it Means for the future of the Prevention Workforce: Implications for Prevention Education". 

The webinar will be held at GMT 2:00AM for the convenience of our Asian Pacific regional partners.  The presentation will be in English and will be recorded.  Join the session at:
The esteemed presenter, Zili Sloboda, is the President of Applied Prevention Science International.  She was trained in medical sociology at New York University and in mental health and epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.  The majority of her research has been related to the delivery of health-related services to youth and adults and epidemiology.  She is an expert on the prevention of substance use by adolescents and has broad experience in research related to at-risk youth and to the evaluation of treatment and prevention programs.  She is also on the Board of Directors of ISSUP.  
The 4th Annual ICUDDR Conference will be held in Cusco, Peru
(registration will open February 1)

July 22 & 23, 2019

Implementation Corner                                                                               
The value of practicum experience in drug demand reduction/SUD studies programs is well established.  Here are some questions to ask as you develop and implement your practicum program: 
* What structures do academic programs and host sites have for monitoring and evaluation of practicum?
* Does the practicum seek to develop specific competencies among students?  Which specific competencies and how are these measured?
* What specific activities do students engage in, on-site, regards to intake, screening and assessment, treatment planning, treatment, case management, and aftercare?  
For more on this, go to Download African presentations, Panel on Practicum.pdf
For questions about implementation that you would like answered, contact us at

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