Certificate in Addiction Psychology and Substance Abuse

Course Title : Certificate in Addiction Psychology and Substance Abuse (CAPSA)
For whom (target group) : This is a 39 Hrs. part-time study structured Certificate program for all those who wish to study and obtain the body of knowledge (BOK) and training in the many theories and principles of Addiction Psychology. This is an essential course of study for all psychologists, counselors and social workers, rehabilitation workers and Police officers and other counselling, social work  and psychology students who want to broaden their theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the field of addiction psychology and substance abuse. This course is also suitable for those who wish to embark on further academic and/or professional studies and practical training in the field of Social Work, General Psychology, Addiction Psychology and Mental Health, Rehabilitation and Recovery Coaching and Management, Counselling Psychology and Psychotherapy.
Flexible Entry Requirements : University Graduates in any discipline or Members of recognized Professional bodies, or Professional / Academic Diploma or Advanced / Higher (National) Diploma holders or Holders of a Certificate / Diploma in Psychology or Counselling, and G.C.E. O/L or A/L’s and age not less than 19 years, and Fluency of the English language is essential.
Course Duration : 13 weeks (3½ Months ) – part time study
Contact Hours : 3 Hrs. per week
Total No. of Classes : 13 class-contact sessions
Total No. of Contact Hours : 39  Hrs. of Lectures and discussion time
Class Times : Wednesdays 9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.
Course Modules :
  1. Drug and Alcohol Abuse: Awareness, Counselling, and Prevention
  2. Availability and Types of Drugs
  3. Why do Humans Abuse Substances
  4. Dependence and Addiction
  5. Effects of Use and Dependency – Potential Social Consequences
  6. Prevention in the Home
  7. Drugs in Schools
  8. Workplace Prevention
  9. Assessment and Intervention
  10. Treatment Options and Techniques
  11. Following Up

Mode of Final Examination and Assessment

The award of the IMH Certificate in Addiction Psychology and Substance Abuse will be contingent upon passing a 3 hour internally set unseen essay type final Examination paper to be answered on a closed book examination mode under invigilation at the Institute premises in Colombo-04.

Regular Group Course Fees : Rs. 38,000/- +  Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in three equal installments of Rs. 13,000/-)
Individual Fast-Track Course Fees : Rs. 69,000/- +  Rs. 1,000/- for registration (Could be paid by cash, credit card or cheque in two equal installments of Rs. 35,000/-)
Next Course Start Date : Group Class: Wednesday 10th January 2018 (A maximum of only 8 students will be enrolled for the group class)
Resource Person : Dr. Sir Romesh Jayasinghe FRSPH(UK) FTBCCT(UK)
Educator / Trainer, Psychotherapist, Master Life Coach (USA)
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist (ICBCH, USA)
Certified Coach in Life Optimization (USA),                                                    Brigade Commander, SUN Force Official Anti-Drug Abuse Volunteer Brigade, SUNFO (Sri Lanka – United Nations Friendship Organisation), Sri Lanka.