Support for Addiction and Prevention in Africa
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 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.
(1) TRAINING FOR HIV/AIDS/ALCOHOL/DRUG RISK REDUCTION
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.
(2) BRIEF INTERVENTIONS FOR OUT-REACH & HEALTH WORKERS
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.
(3) TRAINER OF TRAINER (TOT) COURSE ON PREVENTION AWARENESS GROUPS (PAG)
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
(4) SUBSTANCE ABUSE/HIV/GENDER BASED VIOLENCE TRAINING
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.
(5) SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION AND COUNSELING AMONGST ORPHANS & VULNERABLE CHILDREN (OVC'S)
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
This course is aimed at creating awareness on the substance prevention measures to be considered by professional working with orphans and vulnerable children.
(6) COUNSELING FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL TRAUMA AND SUD
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
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