Mangaluru: The second International batch of the Ecolink Institute of Well-being held its graduation ceremony of the Six months course on Universal Treatment Curriculum (UTC) on Substance Use Disorders recently.
Universal Treatment Curriculum is an internationally developed specialized course on addiction management by the global experts under the Colombo Plan Drug Advisory program and the US Government, which are implemented in over 80 countries.
The Mangalore based Ecolink Institute is an approved training provider of the Colombo Plan for this curriculum which is implemented by the globally certified trainers through online live sessions. The UTC course is approved internationally.
39 participants from 12 countries participated in this six months course from 3 November 2020 to 29 April 2021 and received their training certificates from Ecolink Institute and the Colombo Plan, which are approved by the Global center for Credentialing and Certification, UK and International Society for Substance Use Professionals.
Becky Vaughn, Director of the Global Center for Credentialing and Certification (GCCC) from United States and Ms Samitha Gunashekera from Colombo Plan, Sri Lanka were the chief guests for the valedictory ceremony.
Becky Vaughn gave a power point presentation on the procedures of applying for the International Credentials as Certified Addiction Professionals. The students who have completed the UTC course with the Ecolink Institute is eligible to get the credentials from GCCC after passing a qualifying examination.
Ecolink Institute has successfully implemented two international batches already and another two batches are currently undergoing training. All the resource persons including Dr.Thirumagal, Ms. Aditi Ghanekar, Francis Moothedan, Dr. Damber Nirolla, Dr. Thomas Scaria and Reshma Mallick were present during the closing ceremony. Students from other batches also attended the graduation ceremony.
Most of the students are either from the mental health field or those working in addiction recovery homes as therapists. They represented India, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Hong Kong, South Africa, United States, Australia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Mexico, Pakistan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
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