The Catholic University "Nuestra Señora de la Asunción" (UC), distinguished with the “Top of the Mind” Award in March 2019, is developing several training courses and specializations in the Prevention and Treatment of Addictions. These will be offered through the Department of Psychology in the coming year. Established in 1963 as the first in the country to initiate university studies in psychology, the department is currently under the direction of Diana S. Lesme Romero, who has been working with ICUDDR since its foundation and is currently a member of the ICUDDR Board of Directors.
Since its conception and designation as an entity of higher education by the Catholic hierarchy of Paraguay in 1960, The Catholic University has maintained a clear commitment to educational excellence and to fostering the intellectual, scientific and cultural education of its students. Today, it spans 16 cities in territorial coverage, and its infrastructure has expanded to include six campuses and two academic units.
In November 2016, the School of Philosophy and Human Sciences of UC Asunción signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Agreement with the National Antidrug Secretariat (SENAD) to undertake joint efforts, harmonize policies and implement programs in the field of Universal Preventive Education in the abuse of drugs and the Universal Treatment Curriculum for people affected by drug use. In June 2017, UC-Asunción and the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States established a framework for cooperation and technical assistance to aid the execution of activities related to human resources training within the framework of the dissemination of the Universal Treatment and Universal Prevention Curricula in the hemisphere.
The university will utilize both the Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) and Universal Prevention Curriculum (UPC) in the formulation of their programs. Beginning June 2019, undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines including psychology, nursing, and medicine will have the opportunity to participate in several Universal Treatment Curriculum courses and seminars. Also in June 2019, the university’s headquarters in Itapúa will use the UTC to pilot a Diploma of Counseling in Addiction Treatment program. A specialization in Addiction Counseling (Asunción headquarters) is currently under academic review and will begin accepting students in the 2020 academic year.
For additional information, contact Lic. Diana S. Lesme Romero at firstname.lastname@example.org