What is ISSUP?

International Society Of Substance Use Prevention And Treatment Professionals

The International Society of Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Professionals (ISSUP) is a global, not for profit, non-government organisation to support the development of a professional prevention and treatment workforce and to serve as a focal point for information about substance use prevention and treatment.

ISSUP’s contribution is informed by science and research, promoting evidence based, high quality and ethical approaches and practice to substance use prevention and treatment. It does this through its unique website www.issup.net, providing access to up to date information and support for the substance use prevention and treatment community. The website, along with an annual international meeting also offers training and networking opportunities as well as resources that support the professionalisation of the workforce.

ISSUP Vision
A connected, trained, knowledgeable, and effective international workforce of substance use prevention and treatment professionals undertaking and promoting high-quality, evidence based, and ethical activity.

ISSUP Mission
To establish Substance Use Prevention and Treatment as an independent and multidisciplinary field through the professionalisation and development of its workforce.

Supporting Organizations and Partners of ISSUP:

União Africana
Coperação para o desenvolvimento da Ásia e Pacífico.
Organização dos Estados Americanos
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To participate, choose a course below and sign up

Universal Prevention Curriculum

The Universal Prevention Curriculum for Substance Use comprises two training series, each addressing the needs of different target groups.

UPC Coordinators Series is designed for those wishing to undertake a significant in-depth study of prevention. It is designed for coordinators, managers as well as for practitioners, or for those who wish to undertake a major programme of study (288 hours) in prevention.

UPC Implementers Series is written for implementers or practitioners who work with families, in schools, the workplace, and the community.

UPC is informed by the International Standards on Drug Use Prevention developed by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in 2013.

The major role in the development of UPC has been undertaken by Applied Prevention Science International (APSI) led by Dr. Zili Sloboda working with international experts in prevention from around the world.

The underlying principles of UPC are to provide a way forward for prevention that is based on: scientific research and evidence; sound quality standards; and an ethical stance in how prevention should be undertaken.

UPC was designed to meet the current demand for a comprehensive training package in the field of drug use prevention, based on evidence-based principles.

Course 1: Introduction to Prevention Science See/Hide

This course provides an overview of the science that underlies evidence-based prevention interventions and strategies, and the application of these effective approaches in prevention practice.

Training Goals

  • To provide an overview of the science that is the foundation for prevention;
  • To provide an overview of the information needed to inform the selection of prevention interventions;
  • To provide participants with the tools to inform stakeholders and policy-makers about
    the foundation of evidence-based substance use prevention;
  • To provide participants with the tools to coordinate and supervise substance use prevention specialists.

Target audience: Professionals and volunteers working in the field of prevention of licit and illicit drugs.
Places: 35
Workload: 40 hours
Start date: 07/12 – End date: 11/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: USD 100,00
Interpreters: English and Spanish

Universal Treatment Curriculum

The Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) has been developed by several teams of curriculum developers, including JBS, SME, and TTK, with overall coordination by the International Centre for Credentialing and Education of Addiction Professionals (ICCE). It provides a series of training materials for knowledge and skill development of treatment professionals. The aim of the training series is to reduce the significant health, social and economic problems associated with substance use disorders by building international treatment capacity through training, and so expanding the professional global treatment workforce.

UTC is available through the basic and advanced series as well as with several specialist series that focus on populations with special needs, such as women, children, and persons in recovery.

UTC Basic Level Series

The Basic Level UTC consists of eight courses that cover the broad spectrum of treatment for substance use disorders. The content and methodology of the UTC training series is designed to ensure that addiction practitioners develop a balanced perspective of the principles relating to both the science and art of treatment. Each course is intended to enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies of treatment professionals, as well as promote evidence-based practice for the enhancement of service delivery and treatment outcomes.

Course 2: Physiology and Pharmacology for Addiction Professional See/Hide

This course presents a comprehensive overview of addiction; provides an understanding of the physiology of addiction as a brain disease; and describes the pharmacology of psychoactive substances. The training prepares counselors for professional certification at the entry level by providing the latest information about SUD’s and the treatment of them. The training also facilitates hands-on activities to develop skills and confidence in a relatively new treatment workforce and provides an updated review for those who are beginning to supervise workers new to the field.

Training goals:

  • To provide participants with an understanding of the physiology of addiction as a brain disease;
  • To provide participants with information about the pharmacology of psychoactive substances.

Target audience: Professionals and volunteers who work with treatment of Chemical Dependency.
Places: 35
Workload: 24 hours
Start date: 08/12 – End date: 10/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: USD 100,00
Interpreters: English and Spanish

Course 3: Interventions for Children with Substance Use Disorders See/Hide

The Child Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment Curriculum was developed with the aim of addressing the treatment gap for children— as most treatment programs are designed for adult patients. As such, the curriculum attends to the unique needs of children and their care givers impacted by substance use, and life circumstances of various socio-economic, cultural and political situations.

This foundational course provides an overview of treating SUDs in children with emphasis on the need for evidence-based intervention techniques to accommodate a child’s level of cognitive and emotional development. It also orients treatment practitioners on the curriculum’s major areas that guide treatment and management of SUDs in children. The course emphasizes the importance of a treatment practice that is informed by child development principles to ensure the use of appropriate and effective treatment methodologies for children.

Training Goals

  • To articulate the unique issues that exist when treating children with substance use disorders;
  • To examine different counseling and intervention approaches for children with substance use disorders and how to apply them;
  • To recognize the ways to determine which children are right for which interventions and how to ethically enroll them in services;
  • To examine an approach to mapping the services in your community for children and how to connect children with substance use disorders to services;
  • To look at ways to develop an intervention for children with substance use disorders and then measure the impact the intervention has on improving child outcomes.

Target audience: Doctors, Pediatricians and Health Professionals.
Places: 28
Workload: 40 hours
Start date: 07/12 – End date: 11/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: USD 100,00
Interpreters: English and Spanish


Course 4: International Consortium of Universities for Drug Demand Reduction (ICUDDR) See/Hide

The consortium aims to promote addiction science as a multidisciplinary field and encourage universities to develop addiction studies programs while integrating the UTC and UPC as primary academic resources. Member universities will collect training data on students for purposes of research, evaluation, and identification of best practices through the ISSUP website; and develop international academic exchange programs with faculty, students, interns and fellows.

Target audience: University deans of programs related to public health and similar fields accompanied by their academic curriculum developers.
Places: 16
Workload: 24 hours
Start date: 08/12 – End date: 10/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: USD 100,00
Interpreters: English, Portuguese and Spanish

Course 5: Guidelines for identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders in pregnancy See/Hide

These guidelines contain recommendations on the identification and management of substance use and substance use disorders for health care services which assist women who are pregnant, or have recently had a child, and who use alcohol or drugs or who have a substance use disorder. They have been developed in response to requests from organizations, institutions and individuals for technical guidance on the identification and management of alcohol and other substance use and substance use disorders in pregnant women, with the target of healthy outcomes for both pregnant and their fetus or infant.

Target audience: Treatment practitioners in the field of obstetric services dealing with all ante-natal and post-natal care and specialist services.
Places: 16
Workload: 24 hours
Start date: 08/12 – End date: 10/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: Free
Interpreters: English, Portuguese and Spanish

Course 6: UNODC workshop for policymakers on the nature, prevention, and treatment of drug use disorders See/Hide

This training discusses a response to drug use disorders that is based on scientific evidence, human rights, and, above all, a scientific understanding of the nature of drug use and drug use disorders.

Target audience: Policy makers involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of drug prevention, treatment and care responses to drug use and drug use disorders.
Places: 25
Workload: 24 hours
Start date: 08/12 – End date: 10/12
Schedule: 08:00 at 17:00
Price: USD 100,00
Interpreters: English, Portuguese and Spanish