Support for Addiction and Prevention in Africa


Diploma/Certificate Programs

Why Study At SAPTA?

SAPTA Trust Training Centre offers educational and professional development courses in the areas of addiction prevention, counselling, treatment and social work.

Diploma in Addiction Counselling & treatment

The Diploma in Addiction Counselling is a sixteen month course aimed at developing professional competencies in dealing with clients in recovery or clients with substance use disorders. The course is ideal for counsellors and practitioners working in treatment and rehabilitation centers, Probation officers working in the criminal justice system ,social workers, medical& health practitioners, VCT counsellors ,peer educator, teachers, spiritual leaders, general counsellors, graduate Psychologists seeking to specialize in addiction counselling and anyone with an interest in learning more about addiction disorders and their management.

Diploma in Social work & Community Development

The course is aimed at developing professional competencies in dealing with communities. The course is ideal for counsellors, Probation officers working in the criminal justice system, social workers, medical& health practitioners, VCT counsellors, peer educator, teachers, spiritual leaders, general counsellors, graduate Psychologists seeking to specialize in social work and community development.

Certificate in Addiction Counselling

The course is aimed at introducing learners to key issues affected with clients in recovery or clients with substance use disorders. The course is offered on a part-time or school based mode of study. The course is designed to address such issues as personal development, introduction to the process of addictions, pharmacological aspects of drugs of abuse as well as basic counselling skills in addiction therapy.

Certificate in Social work

The course is aimed at introducing learners to key issues affecting individuals and communities with special emphasis on Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Misuse within the community. The course is designed to address such issues as personal development, principles of social work, social work methods, integration of SUD and HIV & Aids, family studies as well as basic case management skills in addiction prevention.

Time and Mode of Study
All courses are offered on a part-time or school based mode of study. The part-time mode is offered once a week for one academic year .The school based training is covered within one academic year, spread over four terms (2-weeks block each term) running during the school holidays with one day in a month, follow-up classes, in-between sessions.

Intake Period
The intake periods for the Diploma and certificate programs are January, May and September for the part time mode of study and April/December for the school-based mode of study.

All courses offered at our Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu and Eldoret centres.

Professional Development Courses

SAPTA offers Professional Development Courses whose main objective is to enhance capacity amongst professionals working in clinical settings as well as to expand awareness amongst individuals and organizations on the prevention and treatment of risks associated with substance use disorders/HIV/AIDS/TB/mental illnesses.


A history of heavy alcohol use is associated with a lifetime tendency of: high risk sexual behaviours, including multiple sexual partners; unprotected intercourse; sex with high risk- partners (e.g., injection drug users, commercial sex workers). Alcohol use also influences metabolism of ARVs and thus their efficacy. In persons already infected, the combination of heavy drinking and HIV has been associated with: increased medical and psychiatric complications (e.g. depression); delays in seeking treatment; difficulties with ART medication compliance; and poorer ART treatment outcomes. This course is aimed at expanding awareness and competencies amongst clinicians working with patients and HIV/AIDS risk populations.


Brief interventions have become increasingly valuable in the management of individuals with alcohol-related problems. Health & outreach workers dealing with at risk populations would benefit from developing competencies in brief intervention counselling. Professionals have increasingly focused on brief intervention as a tool to fill the gap between primary prevention efforts and more intensive treatment for persons with serious alcohol use disorders.


For more than two years now, SAPTA has pioneered a Prevention Awareness Group program for at risk populations in Kibera. Prevention Awareness Groups (PAG) is a community based integrated Substance Abuse–HIV/Aids prevention psycho-educational program targeting vulnerable populations.

The goal is to provide participants with knowledge and skills to mitigate risks associated with substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and ART adherence.

The basic methodology involves the use of community based learning approaches such as focus group discussions, mini lectures, drama and video presentations to educate the
participants on the dangers of alcohol and drug use in relation to risky sexual behaviour and consequent HIV/AIDS complications.


Studies suggest that a relationship exists between substance abuse and Gender Based Violence (GBV) and by extension HIV infection. This course seeks to demonstrate this interaction with a view to developing competencies amongst clinicians dealing with HIV/AIDS at risk clients, on counselling skills for gender based violence and substance use disorders.


Drug and alcohol abuse has been known to pose great risk to children and adolescents because of the developmental nature of adolescents. Studies indicate that neuro- pharmacological effects of early alcohol and drug use exposes the user to the risk of developing
brain damage, long term chemical dependency, co-morbidity as well as risk of HIV/AIDS infection. Vulnerable population such as children and orphans are at great risk of developing substance use disorders. The effects of loss of parental care create emotional, psychological and environmental demands on vulnerable populations.

This course is aimed at creating awareness on the substance prevention measures to be considered by professional working with orphans and vulnerable children.


There exists a correlation between incidents of Trauma (such as loss, automobile accidents, and disasters both natural and man-made), mental health complications (depression, anxiety disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and an increase in substance use and abuse. People who experience major trauma and those with PTSD or depression may self-medicate with drugs or alcohol to relax, cope with stress, or relieve symptoms. These actions may increase risks for HIV infection and Aids related complications.

Other Professional Development courses

Training of trainers for a circumcision program and cognitive –behavioural
program Adolescents Substance Abuse Prevention and Counselling
Understanding Human Sexuality
Understanding Chemical Dependency for Spiritual Workers.

Target group:

The target group for professional development courses include: ART clinicians, nurses, and adherence counsellors. HTC counsellors, community outreach workers, HIV/AIDS peer educators, Post Test Clubs leaders and members, CBO, FBO, youth leaders and members

News/Featured Stories

SAPTA's Training program - 2014

SAPTA has received funding from PEPFAR to setup two IDU facilities in Nairobi.

SAPTA received global fund to work with female IDU's.

Up Coming Events
January 2014 Intake :

Diploma registration on going

classes start on 12/01/2014

Tuesday class................. 12/01/2014

Thursday class................ 14/01/2014

Saturday class.................16/01/2014

Special Information for…
- EAP Program Employers
- Alcoholic Family Members
- PEPFAR Partners

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- Alcoholics Anonymous (Kenya)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
- Narcotics Anonymous
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Converging Epidemics in Africa

Rapid increases in substance abuse (including alcohol) and HIV infection can be conceptualized as separate but converging epidemics in a context of violence (wars, homicides and domestic abuse) and poverty...


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