Substance Abuse
An overview of the fundamental concepts in substance abuse.

Shams Jhugroo

14 weeks long

Workload: 3-4 hours/week

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About the Course

This course will provide an overview of the fundamental concepts in substance abuse. The contents of this course will help to introduce participants to terminologies used in substance abuse as well as their definitions. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive overview of the drugs of abuse that are most commonly used. Stages of substance dependence and recovery will also be covered as well as treatment guidelines.

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About the Instructor(s)

The trainer, Shams Jhugroo, from Mauritius, has a Masters Degree in Child Psychology, and his research interest is ‘drug use among Adolescents’. He has experience with clients suffering from substance abuse and is actually working as a lecturer in the field of special education.

Course Format

Offline and online mode of training with voice assisted Powerpoint presentations and a manual provided at the start of the course. The participant will have a two weeks time to master one particular module of the course and he/she can contact the trainer either through email/ chat or video chat for any clarifications.

Each module will have its own activity and a pragmatic paper for better understanding.
Course Objectives
  • At the end of the course, participants would be able to:
    • Define and distinguish between substance use, abuse and dependence
    • Describe the characteristics and classification of substances
    • Describe the stages of substance dependence and recovery
    • Understand the purpose of assessment for substance abuse
    • Identify specific treatment guidelines for substance abuse
Course Fee
Individual Participants from India (in Indian Rupee)
Group Participants from India
(minimum members in a group is three) (in Indian Rupee)
Individual Participants from Rest of the world (in US Dollars)
Group Participants from Rest of the world (minimum members in a group is three) (in US Dollars)

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Rs. 3,500/-
US$ 70

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Important Dates
  • Participant Capacity is Limited to 10 per batch.
  • To Know about Course details and Commencement dates Text the Course No and Your Email ID to 0091 979 00 88 002 or email us at Eg; 008 SPACE to 0979 00 88 002
Learning Kit
  • Complete Manual
  • Powerpoint Presentations
  • Associated Voice Files
  • Recorded Video Lectures (as required)
Trainer’s Support
  • Voice Associated Powerpoint Presentations
  • Home Based Activity at the end of each session for practical learning
  • Pragmatic Paper to assess understanding at the end of each session
  • Recorded Video Lectures (as required)
  • Case Illustrations
  • Additional Reference Documents (on request)
  • Sessions through Skype for discussion and clarification (on request)
  • Additional support through email / chat during the course period
Course Syllabus

Week 1-          Defining Substance Abuse and Dependence

Week 2-          Characteristics of substances

Week 3-          Classification of substances

Week 4-          The development of substance abuse and dependence

Week 5-          Stages of substance dependence and recovery

Week 6-          Assessment

Week 7-          Treatment guidelines

Recommended Background
  • A passion to work with children and adolescents
  • A UG or PG Study in Psychology
  • Those who are doing their UG or PG can also enroll
  • Those who are interested in psychology who have taken another subject as their major
Suggested Readings
Reference list will be provided during the course period
Course Plan
  • Seven Sessions
  • Fourteen Weeks
  • Powerpoint Presentation with associated Audio
  • Activities to understand better
  • Discussion through Skype
  • Pragmatic Assessments to make learning easier
Learning Outcome

Participants will be trained enough to understand, asses and manage substance abuse.

Further Learning

Technical Requirements
  • A computer or a laptop with Microsoft Office with mike and headphone facility
  • A good Internet connection
  • Having web cam is an added advantage
Statement of Accomplishment
On completion, the participant will be certified by the International Association of Holistic Psychology
Contact to register

Contact your student advisor at for more details on registration, availability of seat, payment of fee, etc.

Course FAQ's

1. Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

Yes. Participants who successfully complete the class will receive a registered certificate from International Association of Holistic Psychology.

2. What resources will I need for this class?

The free course manual is available with the course

3. What is the coolest thing I'll learn if I take this course?

About all kinds of drugs.

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