24 July 2017
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Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction
Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries.
Addiction is not a new problem, but few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Moreover, the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of addicts.
This two week Institute seeks to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The course will focus on policy models, prevention, evidenced based treatment, and how they intersect. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.
Academic director: Kristen Anderson
Associate Professor of Psychology at Reed College, Portland, OR
Developmental psychopathology, addictive behaviors, clinical psychology
Have you completed a Bachelor's degree?
Are you currently enrolled in a Masters or a PhD?
Do you currently work in the field of human services (policy makers, NGO staff working on addiction-related issues, professionals in mental health, practitioners and advocates)?
If you fall into one of the categories above, then please fill-in our online application for the programme.
The programme is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices. Two excursions supplement classroom presentation: a visit to a coffee shop, harm reduction service, and a police officer in the Hague; and a morning visit at the the municipal Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD).
A central aspect of the institute is the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to briefly present in their areas of specialization the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Following the presentations, facilitated workshop session assist students to integrate the research and practice information from instructors and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work upon their return home.
As a Summer Institute student you will either receive
an official certificate (non-credit)
or both a certificate and a transcript (credit)
with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module.
EUR 1350: The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials on Blackboard
excursions and site visits
certificate of attendance
credit students also receive a transcript
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 500: Housing fee
Various scholarships possible. Please check the website for more informationRegister for this course
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