ifrat-icon3  Addiction in Practice Training Courses

Our Education and Training Department aims to make sure that our Inceptors and Therapists gain all the required qualifications during their Continuous Professional Development (CPD) to become qualified Recovered Addiction Therapists. Addiction in Practice Courses are designed and facilitated by trainers and lecturers specialized in addictions, models of therapy and ethics of care, in order to provide the best educational support to all our Inceptors and Therapists.


During the past decades, there has been an increasing awareness of the need for improvement in Addiction and substance abuse education for practitioners in the field. Learning about addiction, acquiring the necessary clinical management skills, and developing the appropriate clinical attitudes conducive to building a strong therapeutic alliance; are the rate-limiting steps for a better outcome. Additionally working with these patients can be highly gratifying for the informed practitioner, because these patients and their families, who are in considerable distress, often respond to proper treatment and return to a high level of functioning.

The Addiction in Practice Training Courses are designed to support practitioners in their diagnosis and management of addictions and to learn the necessary therapeutic and interventional skills that facilitate the provision of care and support to the addicts and their families, meet their psycho-social and physical health needs, promote their rehabilitation and aftercare to maximize their recovery rates and decrease relapses.


The aim of the programme is to address gaps in addiction training for the Recovered Addiction Therapists and other practitioners, support best practice and facilitate the transfer of international experience for the benefit of the local community.

Learning targets:

The Addiction in Practice Training Courses are designed to assess and meet the needs of participating practitioners through interactive learning environment.


The Addiction in Practice (AIP) Training Courses objectives are to sharpen the healthcare professionals’ knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to the management of Addictions.



Title : Solution Focused Counselling Approach (The Egan Model)
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed
Description : A 3 Stage Model in which each state consists of specific skills that the practitioner uses to help clients move forward.
Objectives : Stage 1:  Exploring the PresentBuilding of a non-threatening relationship with the client and helping the client focus on the present situation clarifying problems and exploring opportunities for change.

The exploration skills include: Empathy, Paraphrasing, Reflection, Structuring, Summarising, Non-Judgemental

Stage 2: Aims and Objectives

The development of an in-depth and objective understanding of their situation, the exploration of options and possible goals of What the client really wants and needs. This stage includes: Patterns and Themes, Alternate Frames of Reference, Self-disclosure, Immediacy, Challenging, Advanced Empathy

Stage 3: Helping Clients Develop Strategies

Defining Goals and changing ways of relating and working through issues using problem solving or decision making methods while supporting clients through the process. Realistic, achievable and supportive, helping the client overcome obstacles and turn the negative into a positive. This Stage includes: Goal Setting

Decision Making, Problem Solving, Evaluate Resources, Behaviour Change, Behaviour maintenance, New Learning Skills.

Duration : 1 day 


Title : Relapse Prevention and the Cycle Of Change
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed
Description : An interactive Course designed to understand the stages of change and its relation to relapse prevention
Objectives : To appreciate the stages of change from pre-contemplation to exit and the processes in between, how to initiate the move from to contemplation to action and change and their role in relapse prevention.Initiate debate on why do we change and why we do not change.

Knowing the basics of relapse prevention

Understand the role of triad of “thinking, feeling, and doing” in relapse prevention and how thinking affects feeling and actions.

Learn the exploration of how seemingly irrelevant decisions can lead to relapse back to old behaviours.

Know how to develop management plans for triggers, cravings and high risk situations.

Learn how to endorse positive outcome expectations, enhance client’s coping skills

Duration : 1 day




Title : Care Planning
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed
Description : An interactive Course designed to learn how to manage and produce care plans
Objectives : Learn how to conduct assessment for care planningGain Knowledge of fundamentals of the comprehensive assessment of clients’ needs and how these may be met within the service provision and developing a personalised support plan.

Develop recovery plans that via a Person centred approach that supports the client’s psychological, social and physical needs in full collaboration with the individual.

Learn how to set ‘SMART GOALS’ that are Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time Limited

Understand the procedure of Discharge Planning and Resettlement

Gain Knowledge of How to support the client post discharge, what support would be appropriate and how this can be implemented.

Duration : 1 day




Title : International Treatment Effectiveness Programme (ITEP)
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to learn A Pioneering new method for clinicians to promote behaviour change with clients. Extensive research has shown that this easy to use and innovative technique-which enables staff to visually represent their clients thinking in a series of maps-improves the engagement and motivation for clients.
Objectives : Learn to transform the client’s journey of recovery into Maps to help recovery and maintain abstinence.Gain Knowledge of a flexible tool that enables clients feel they are fully involved in the treatment process and learn to create a series of maps for recovery.

Support client to develop Free Maps to encourage free thinking; Guided Maps to be structured and specific; Hybrid Maps that are Guided and free; and Information Maps for learning and retention of information.

Duration : 1 day




Title : Dual Diagnosis Assessment
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to understand dual diagnosis
Objectives : Explore issues and concerns relating to working with people with dual diagnosisIdentify reasons why people with mental illness use drugs/alcohol

Consider concepts, definitions and diagnostic criteria associated with dual diagnosis

Gain awareness of the nature and effects of commonly used substances on mental Health

Develop an understanding of models that can inform work with people with a dual diagnosis

Have an awareness of treatment models for working with people with a dual diagnosis

Develop assessment skills, Identify the components of a comprehensive dual diagnosis assessment and Become familiar with tools required for assessment  and standardised measures which may be used in work with people with comorbid  mental health and substance misuse eg AUDIT, SADQ, CDUS, CAUS, SATS

Duration : 1 day




Title : Risk Assessment Skills in Substance misuse  and Harm Reduction
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to appreciate risks associated with substance misuse.
Objectives : Develop working knowledge of the assessment and the clinical management of risks to self, to others, from others in relation to substance misuse.Enhance understanding of Suicide Toolkit and the prevention of suicide in substance misuse.

Manage the risk of violence and domestic abuse in addictions.

Increase awareness of Physical health risks associated with substance misuse/mental health e.g. BBV

Learn to appreciate Sexual Risks related to substance misuse.

Appreciating Risk assessment and management as an integral part of management.

Increase Knowledge of the legal issues which may arise through working with this risky population.

Duration : 1 day




Title : Motivational Interviewing and Enhancement 
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to learn the skills of Motivational Interviewing
Objectives : Understand the cycle of change and four staged treatment model in relation to motivational enhancement.Be able to identify when someone is ready for change and motivate the change and assisting the patient to create a realistic change plan.

Appreciate that Motivation is a multidimensional concept that is critical to understanding recovery and providing substance abuse treatment.

Develop awareness of, and skills in, motivational interviewing.

Learn styles of interacting with the patient that is patient-centred, non-confrontational, empathic, respectful, and reflective to frame motivational messages, techniques to manage and roll with resistance.

Duration : 1 day




Title : Care During Drug and Alcohol detoxification 
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to shape experiences needed to care for patients in detoxification settings.
Objectives : Be able to identify the physical and psychological aspects of withdrawal, including the duration and intensity of symptoms, and how these may be managedLearn the use of non-pharmacological approaches to manage or cope with withdrawal symptoms

Be able to advice physical and mental problems and risk issues that require particular attention during detoxification

Be able to identify medical condition needing urgent treatment.

Appreciate the importance of continued support, as well as psychosocial and appropriate pharmacological interventions, to maintain abstinence, treat health problems and reduce the risk of adverse outcomes.

Duration : 1 day




Course                    W9
Title : Substances of Abuse
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to discuss the physiological effects of different substances of abuse.
Objectives : Learn about different substances of abuse.Understand the addiction potentials of substances of abuse.

Gain experience with identifying symptoms of withdrawals, dependence and intoxication of different abused substances.

Duration : Half a day




Course                   W10
Title : Aftercare planning in Substances of Abuse
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course designed to discuss how to generate aftercare plans for patients with substances of abuse problems after detoxification
Objectives : Learn about aftercare, Understand the fundamentals of aftercare planning.., Gain experience with continuous care and re-habitation.
Duration : Half a day




Title : Psychodrama
Presenter (s) : Dr Hanan El-Shazly, PhDPsychologist, Hope International
Description : An interactive Course on psychodrama
Objectives : Learn the basics and the practice of psychodramaDevelop understanding of the use of psychodrama in addiction treatment.
Duration : 1 day




Title : Behavioural Contingency Management Therapies
Presenter (s) :

Shaban Amhamed Fadl , Associate professor, Alghabal Algharbi university – Libya, CBT registered trainee Oxford cognitive therapy centre, UK Sept.2012 – October – 2013 , PhD mental health, Master education psychology – Bachelor psychology- international affiliate APA, member of the consult bored of Arabpsynet, member of the Libyan mental health profession association,  Psychologist Hope International

Description : An interactive Course on behavioural management of addiction.
Objectives : Learn about the biased cognitions in addictions.Know about behavioural management and managing high risk behaviour in addiction

Develop understanding of contingency planning in addiction.

Duration : 1 day




Title : Cognitive-Behavioural Therapies
Presenter (s) : Dr Shabaan Fadl, PhDConsultant Psychologist, Oxford , United Kingdom
Description : An interactive Course CBT.
Objectives : Learn the about the biased cognitions and basics of CBT .
Duration : 1 day




Title : Managing defence mechanisms and psycho-dyamaics of addiction
Presenter (s) :  Eman Abed Alati. Master of Psychology University Jules Verne France.Psychologist, Hope International
Description : An interactive Course on defence strategies  in addiction
Objectives : Identify and manage defences and resistance in addiction
Duration : Half a day





Title : Managing Women with Addiction, Addict Mother and their infants
Presenter (s) : Dr Shabaan Fadl, MD,Consultant Psychologist, Oxford , United Kingdom
Description : An interactive Course addiction in women
Objectives : Identify and manage addiction in women and pregnant women
Duration : Half a day




Title : Alcoholics/ Narcotic Anonymous and Other 12-Step Programs
Presenter (s) : Ahmed Khaled,Hopes International


Waleed, El Dabagh

Hopes International

Description : An interactive Course in 12 steps intervention
Objectives : Know the  History of Alcoholics Anonymous understand theBasics of AA/NA

Comprehend the  Psychological Mechanisms in Alcoholics Anonymous

Learn how  to improve Outcomes from 12-Step and Other Self-Help Programs

Duration : Half a day




Title :  Managing Therapeutic Communities and halfway establishments
Presenter (s) : Foad Abou Regila,Hopes International


Waleed, El Dabagh

Hopes International

Description : An interactive Course to understand management of rehabilitation   facility
Objectives : Know the  aspects of managing communitiesLearn how  to run the therapeutic facility

Know day to day protocols

Improve Outcomes by good management

Duration : One  day



Title :  Matrix Model of treatment
Presenter (s) : Refaei SalehPsychologist , Princess Alanoud Centre
Description : An interactive Course to understand the matrix model.
Objectives : Know the  matrix modelLearn how  to use the model

Practice the use of the matrix

Duration : One  day



Title :  Assessment tools in addiction  
Presenter (s) : To be confirmed.
Description : An interactive Course to learn about the use of assessment tools
Objectives : Know the  available assessment tools for substance misuseLearn how  to use rating scales, outcome measures, and structured interviews

Practice the use of the assessment tools using case studies

Duration : One  day

It is not mandatory to take all the Addiction in Practice Training Courses listed above but it is warmly recommended to follow as many courses as possible to widen your skill set.

If you are an Inceptor or a Therapist, you can also decide what your specialty is. This reflection on your personal learning objectives and career goal is part of your Personal Development Plan (PDP) online, that you can create on your personal IFRAT account. Applying for any of our Addiction in Practice Training Courses is part of your Personal Development Plan (PDP) checklist. You will receive PDP certificates of attendance and PDP credits each time that you attend our courses.

Find out more information regarding the educational content, the trainers and lecturers, time and venue of our Addiction in Practice Training Courses on your personal IFRAT account or by contacting our Education and Training Department.