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Post-Graduate Diploma in Addiction Treatment Science

The Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Treatment Science is designed to build the capacity of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) treatment practitioners to effectively address treatment of substance use disorders by use of cutting edge evidence based knowledge and practice.
The postgraduate diploma is a one year (3 Semester) programme offered on fulltime and part time mode that includes classwork, supervised practicum and a supervise project.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROPOSED PROGRAMME

  1. A bachelor’s degree in counseling psychology with at least lower second or its equivalent, with internship experience in a drug treatment setting working with clients with SUDS.
  2. A bachelor’s degree in psychology, nursing or social work with at least lower second or its equivalent, plus at least 2 years experience in clinical setting working with clients with SUDs.
  3. A bachelor’s degree in any field with at least lower second or its equivalent, plus a post graduate qualification (at least lower second or its equivalent, plus a post graduate qualification (at least a post graduate diploma) in Psychiatry, counseling or clinical psychology with internship experience in a drug treatment setting working with clients with SUDs.

Assessment criteria

  • All except practicum and project shall be evaluated through Continuous Assessment Tests (sit-in and take away assignments) and end of semester Examinations.
          • Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs) – 40%
          • Examination -60%

                   Total 100%

  • Practicum shall be evaluated as follows:
      1. On-site supervision - 20%
      2. Weekly case presentation/ Supervision -40%
      3. Practicum Report-40%

                   Total _=100%

  • Project will be evaluated through a final Project Report graded out of 100%.

Graduation requirements
A student will be eligible for graduation after having covered and passed in all 15 units equivalent to 51 credit hours (pass mark is 40% in all units). In addition the students should have successfully completed practicum and research project.

Duration and structure of the programme
The postgraduate diploma in addiction treatment science is a one year programme comprising of 3 semesters with a total of 51 credit hours/663 contact hours as indicated in the table below


S/N

Courses

Credit Units/

Hours

 

FIRST SEMESTER

 

1

APS 701 Multicultural Diversity in  Psychology (core)

3

2

APS 702 Measurement and evaluation in addiction 

                Treatment (core)

3

3

APS 703 Physiology and pharmacology for addiction

                Professionals (core)

3

4

APS 704 Continuum of care in the treatment of  SUDs  (core)

3

5

APS 705 Basic counseling and psycho-education skills for

               addiction professionals (core)

3

6

APS 706 Developing community- based recovery

               support Systems –I (core)

3

 

SECOND SEMESTER

 

1

APS 707 Co-occurring mental and medical disorders in 

               addiction treatment (core)

3

2

APS 708 Screening, assessment and treatment planning in 

               addiction treatment (core)

3

3

APS 709 Case management in addiction treatment(core)

3

4

APS 710 Crisis intervention in addiction Treatment(core)

3

5

APS 711 Ethics in addiction treatment(core)

3

6

APS 712 Developing community – based recovery

               support systems – II(core)

3

7

APS 713 Working with families with SUDs (core)

3

 

THIRD SEMESTER

 

1

APS 714 Supervised practicum in addiction treatment (core)

6

2

APS 715 Supervised Project on measurement and evaluation of interventions in addiction treatment  (core)

6

TOTAL HOURS

 

51


Psychoactive substance use continues to be a major problem globally. Of those who use psychoactive substances, a significant number will develop addiction or Substance Use Disorders, (SUDs) taking a toll on physical health, social and economic functioning.

Statistics by UNODC and NACADA indicate that there are a significant number of people with SUDs globally and in Kenya. According to NACADA (2012), 5.5% of the Kenyan population is dependent on alcohol, while 4.5% is dependent on tobacco 1.5% on Khat (miraa) and 0.4% on bhang. SUDs contribute significantly to global illness, disability, and death, with injection drug use (IDU) being a significant means of transmission for serious communicable diseases such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS. People with SUDs require treatment and rehabilitation.

While there are efforts to address this problem at a national and global level, it is observed that, there is currently, a shortage of specialized addiction treatment professionals especially in developing countries. This means that there is a need for specialized addiction treatment training programmes to produce competent addiction professionals, grounded on evidence- based interventional practices in order to enhance effectiveness of SUD treatment.

Kenyatta University, in line with its philosophy of sensitivity and responsiveness to societal needs in collaboration with Colombo Plan has developed a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Treatment Science (PGDATS) to address this gap

GOALS OF THE PROGRAMME
• The overall goal of the programme is to build capacity of SUD treatment practitioners to effectively treat clients with SUDs
• Equip practitioners with latest knowledge, skills and competences for effective work with SUD clients
• Engage practitioners on evidence based practice in SUD treatment through hands on approach
• Prepare trainees for international professional certification as SUD treatment professionals
Who should take this Diploma?
• Primary health care providers
• Mental health care specialists
• Social workers and allied fields
• Drug treatment centers workforce
• Any person interested in working in the field of Substance Use Disorder treatment
The program will be offered on fulltime, evening and IBP modes


Application for admissions for the September 2017 semester are currently ongoing

Last Updated on Monday, 04 September 2017 09:32