Regional Training of Trainers for Counselling, Case Management and Crisis Intervention
The Colombo Plan Asian Centre for Certification and Education of Addiction Professional (ACCE) with the funding from the Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, US Department of State has organized the Training of Trainers (TOT) for International Trainers at the Grand Millennium Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 11th June to 21st June 2012. Selected participants from first & second cohorts of new trainers participated in this TOT.
Keeping in mind the expansion of ACCE initiatives to other regions in the world, the ACCE has taken the initiative to train a group of young addiction treatment professionals to impart the knowledge and skills in a more comprehensive manner. This TOT covered a wide range of core skills that included Basic Counselling skills, Case Management and Crisis Intervention for the addiction professionals. The main objective of this TOT was to percolate necessary knowledge and skills among the treatment professionals or among a group of young master trainers who will further train those personnel who are involved in addiction treatment in the region.
Extensive handholding support was provided to each participant through role plays and group work for sharpening their skills on the above mentioned issues. All the core issues related to counselling, case management and crisis intervention has been discussed thoroughly during these ten days of training. In the training, the group of ACCE Master Trainers namely Ms. Winona Pandan, Dr.V.Thirumagal, Mr. Hafizi Harun, Mr.Tay Bian How, Dato Zainuddin Bahari and Mr. Ibrahim Salim took turns to extend their continuous helping hands towards mentoring the participants to grasp each concept in the curricula.
Seventeen addiction professionals from Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India participated actively in this TOT. All the participants were given the “Participant manual” of each curriculum for their perusal. For the participants, it is a great platform to learn, share and exchange their knowledge as majority of them are from different cultures and countries. All the participants were advised to plan echo training courses in their settings to practise lessons learned in order to be proficient in the imparting of knowledge and skills to other professionals in the field.