Addiction Medicine has also been involved in:
1. Training medical and non medical professionals within the ambit of the professional courses at NIMHANS, in various aspects of substance abuse.
2. The Centre is initiating a one year post-doctoral fellowship in Addiction Medicine. Details will be posted on this site
3. The Centre for Addiction Medicine offers a one month orientation course in substance abuse treatment for medical as well as non-medical professionals
4. The Centre for Addiction Medicine has conducted De-addiction treatment courses for State Government medical officers and training of trainers from the southern region, under the auspices of a WHO – Ministry of Health funded training scheme. WHO fellows from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Iraq, Nepal [SEARO], Democratic Republic of Korea and Iraq [EMRO] are also referred for training.
5. Training of grass-root level workers: The Centre for Addiction Medicine has provided training to several non-governmental organisations involved in community developmental activities. Skills to handle persons with drug and alcohol abuse as well as their families form the major component of these programmes.
6. Training of street educators : A major exercise has been to train street level educators working with street and working children in Bangalore to assess and intervene in children with drug abuse and high risk sexual behaviour. In this connection the Unit has worked [1997-99] with the Bangalore Forum for Street and Working Children, an umbrella organisation for all the NGO’s working in the area of street children’s welfare in the city, to run an action research programme.
Consultation: The Centre for Addiction Medicine has been called upon to provide consultation to various governmental and non – governmental agencies.
The Centre for Addiction Medicine has been advising the Karnataka Task Force on Health and Family Welfare. It was asked to provide consultation to the Consultative Committee set up by the National Law School of India University and the Ministry of Social Justice in order to amend the Juvenile Justice Act.
The Centre for Addiction Medicine has been called upon to provide consultation to various governmental and non – governmental agencies as well as to international agencies like the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Drug Control Programme and The International Labour Organisation.
The Centre has been recognized by the government of India as the regional nodal centre for South India. The faculty from the centre have been dedicated to training professionals in the field of substance abuse. At any time there are about 6 – 10 trainees. The training includes discussions rich in clinical aspects of assessment and treatment of substance dependence.
The backbone of the training is the clinical discussion. Presence of faculty from the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychiatric Social Work and Nursing ensures the right mix of medical and psychosocial management. Theoretical aspects are covered by classes taken by the faculty, trainee seminars and case conferences. Apart form the training at the centre, the faculty also give lectures at various CMEs across India.
Post graduate Training
The MD and DPM Psychiatry students from the Department of Psychiatry are posted for period of three months. The M Phil students from the Department of Psychiatric Social Work and Mental Health and Social Psychology are posted for a period of one month by rotation. Students from MSc Nursing are posted for one month on rotation. Various other trainees like MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology) and MD/DPM /DNB trainees from other institutes are posted for various periods ranging from two weeks to two months.
Training for other Professionals
Other than training students on rotation we also conduct training programme for medical officers, prison officers and students form other medical and dental colleges.
One-month orientation Programme
We also conduct one month orientation programme about substance use disorders once a year in the month of November that is attended by professionals from various fields. The details of this course will be available in our web site in the month of September each year.
Training of primary health care physicians
Our team regularly conducts workshop on substance use disorders in collaboration with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karntaka. It involves training the PHC/CHC doctors for early identification and intervention of alcohol and tobacco abuse. We do three such workshop yearly in different districts of Karnataka.
Several collaborative programme have been conducted to increase workplace awareness of alcohol and drug abuse as well as psychosocial stressors and to evolve effective prevention and intervention. Model examples include programmes with the Karnataka State Roadways Transport Corporation, MICO Bosch, Deccan Herald, Goldman sachs, Central Prison Bangalore, etc.
There is active collaboration and networking with NGO’s working in both addiction and social developments. We have actively liased with the Street Children’s Forum, Divya Shanti, Swasthi, Parinaam to carry out assessment and interventions in the community.
Tobacco Related Training Programme
We periodically conduct training programmes for tobacco cessation intervention. Till now we have conducted workshops for Indian Dental Association, General Physicians, trainees, NGOs, corporation and municipality, school and colleges as well as several workplaces in both the public and private sector.