Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neighbouring Countries

Training of Trainers on Treatment of children with drug use problems for countries of West and Central Asia 

23-27 May, 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan 

A five day Training of Trainers (ToT) workshop was held on 23-27 May 2016 in Almaty, Kazakhstan within the framework of the Regional Programme for Afghanistan and Neigbouring Countries (RP). The aim of ToT was to develop knowledge and skills among drug treatment professionals to design, implement and evaluate drug treatment programmes for children with drug use problems, specifically implementing the global psychosocial protocols as a best practice. 26 policy makers and professionals from the RP countries (Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan) participated in the training.  

During the course of the training, the participants could get a clear understanding of the various components of drug treatment for children, including what makes children unique, accounting for their developmental stages and the implementation of the psychosocial protocols for children and adolescents; how to implement an evidence based drug treatment programme for children at the national level, including the key elements required and the coordination of multiple components; how to evaluate a drug treatment programme for children within the context of evaluation of the larger population. As a follow up, the trainers will undertake national level training in their respective countries.