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Summer Newsletter 2020

ICUDDR First Virtual Conference:
Educating and Promoting Addiction Science in a Virtual World
Join us July 13 – 15th, 2020 for the first official ICUDDR conference online! We are excited to bring experts from around the world to your screen. Because we know many of you are struggling with moving instruction online and making other adjustments to ensure physical distancing, we have also decided to adjust our agenda to provide support for your immediate needs. You will find presentations on technologies and tips for engaging students, how to teach skills in an online format, and how to rise above the noise of COVID-19 to continue your academic program development in Addiction Studies among others. We hope you will be part of this important -and historic – event. For more information, including the agenda and how to register, please go to our Conference Page.  
UTC Walk Through in Africa
African regional trainers in the UTC have stepped up during this time of COVID-19 and are providing a walk through to 40 participants in their area electronically.  Didactic and active learning occurs through the online platform, as well assignments and questions and answers through a Learning Management System.  The trainers and participants have shown amazing commitment to the project, meeting 6 days a week and handling technological and other challenges with grace as well as being creative about teaching certain concepts without the use of the traditional "energizer" activities in a classroom setting.
Recordings are available on our YouTube channel should you be interested in the process of teaching how to teach UTC electronically.  
Current Research on Addiction Studies
Recently published in the Journal of Substance Use, the article "Overview of university-based academic programs in addiction studies in Africa" by Amalie Lososova', Kim Johnson, William Sinkele, Isidore Silas Obot, & Michal Miovsky, maps and describes University-based addiction studies programs in Africa, as part of international research.
Participants, trainers, and ICUDDR staff in the UTC walk through training online (May 2020)
Workforce Development in the Addiction Field

As we know, there are significant issues in the behavioral health workforce and concerns that we do have enough practitioners for the expected growth in demand for counselors in the addiction field - across the globe.  Recently our Cary Hopkins Eyles, MA, CAP, wrote a blog about this topic and Dr. Chia Francis presented a webinar about this issue in Nigeria. 
Check out the:
The Problem of Workforce Development in the Addictions Field
Webinar recording: Access to Drug Treatment Services in Nigeria: The Challenge of Addiction Workforce
Implementation Corner
The development and implementation of substance use prevention and treatment education and training curricula in the academic setting presents numerous challenges. It can be helpful to assess where are you in the five-stage implementation process such that you best know how to proceed. 
Stage A: Needs assessment and preparatory work
Stage B: Curriculum development and adaptation
Stage C: Curriculum implementation and building the study program
Stage D: Ensuring sustainability of the program; stabilizing the process and developing the academic components and activities
Stage E: Establishing a quality policy: monitoring, evaluation, and updating
ICUDDR has created the document, "Implementing Alcohol and Drug Demand Reduction Education and Training: A Guide for University Administrators and Faculty" to help you through the stages of this process. It is available at our website, as are many useful resources:

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