Have you ever wondered about substance abuse and other addictions; why some people are affected and others not, why addicted people have difficulty stopping their behaviour, where to go for help and how to intervene or support the addicted persons and/or their families?
The addictions course aims to challenge pre-conceived perceptions on addiction and acknowledges the devastating effects it has on those living with it.
The purpose of the course is to equip qualified practitioners (social workers, psychologists & counsellors) with information and knowledge on how to assist the person struggling with addiction and play a supporting role in aiding the family members living with addiction.
Basic Course Outline
The course provides for the in-depth discussion of all aspects of addiction; and offers practical, hands-on training on various aspects of addiction, including contributing factors, the process of addiction and recovery, accountability, the impact on family, school and the workplace, as well as what is required for meaningful intervention and support.
The following topics will be discussed:
- Substance Use Disorder: Contributing factors, process of addiction and its consequences; relapse; assessment; testing; detoxification; intervention; referral and co-morbidity.
- Behaviour addictions: Types of behaviour disorders, identifying the problem, interventions, practical guidelines. Pornography and internet addiction will be highlighted.
- Addictions in different life-areas: Family; workplace; school (youth)
The Humanitas Addictions course provides a platform in which I would be able to share my experiences and insights, and train others interested in working in this field. Based on my 40+ years of experience in this field, I will be the first to acknowledge that I, as well as all professionals and lay-people are in an ongoing development stage obtaining new insights and skills as we engage in addictions. There are no easy solutions or simple answers – only commitment, hard work, patience and understanding where different role-players, both individually and together, contribute to intervening.