CP ACCE Experts’ Working Groups on Adaptation and Translation of Addiction Treatment Curricula
The Colombo Plan Asian Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professionals (ACCE) convened two experts’ working groups concurrently in Colombo, Sri Lanka from June 27 to July 1, 2012. The two concurrent working groups were tasked to adapt and translate ACCE training curricula for Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan respectively as follow:
- First Experts’ Working Group 1: Curriculum on Pharmacology, Physiology and Continuum of Care
- Second Experts’ Working Group 2: Curriculum on Basic Counselling Skills, Case Management and Crisis Management
The First Experts’ Working Group adapted and translated the two curricula to Singhala while the Second Experts’ Working Group adapted and translated the three curricula to Pashto and Dari. The 17 professionals participated in the two working groups included addiction treatment trainers, academicians, treatment programme managers and officials from national drug focal points from Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
Adaptation and translation of these manuals in national languages is integral of ACCE global initiative to build the capacity of drug treatment force internationally. The ACCE is the training and credentialing arm of the Colombo Plan to professionalise the addiction treatment services in the region.
During the working group meetings, Secretary General Mr. Adam Maniku of the Colombo Plan and Mr.Jeffrey Lodermeier, of the Narcotics Affairs Section, US Embassy Pakistan met the participants and appreciated the work being done by both the working groups. Mr. Jeffrey Lodermeier was in Colombo to meet the ACCE trainers regarding the initiative of training addiction treatment practitioners in Pakistan commencing this year. Similar work is planned for the adaptation and translation of the manuals to Urdu along with the training of trainers this August 2012.