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Care4SUD: Vocational Training in illicit drug addiction

Equipping Health Care Practitioners with Addiction Treatment competencies and techniques.

Drug markets are evolving at unprecedented speed. The range of substances and combinations available to users has never been wider, and the amounts produced have never been greater.

The World Health Organization highlighted the deficiencies in training programs on SUD´s. It has also emphasized the importance of building the capability of the workforce in order to achieve a range of sustainable development goals referring to good health and well-being.

Lack of knowledge, stigma and judgmental assumptions by health workers have been identified as key barriers to accessing health care for people living with these substance use issues.

All Partners are extremely motivated to undertake the implementation of this challenge and they find it important for their organizations and for the local and national communities as well as for the EU as a whole.

The overall objective of our project is to contribute to ensure a higher professionalism of the healthcare work force in the illicit drug addiction field at national and European level.

In particular, the project anticipates to meet the following specific objectives:

  • Contribute to improved competences on illicit drug addiction counselling skills related to screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment and respond to current, emerging and growing needs of the Vocational training sector addressing lack of addiction specialists.
  • Provide opportunities for continuous professional development in the health industry and create the conditions for increasing the human capital capacity, and employability of health care workers.
  • Empower cooperation between educational institutions and the health care industry, in order to draw critical recommendations on the evolution of the addiction skillset and related job opportunities.

The target group of the project is formed of: health care practitioners in the primary health sector inexperienced in illicit drug addiction and/or physicians who seek to enter the field of addiction to enhance their knowledge and skills required for employment and professional development; addiction professionals (social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists working in illicit drug abuse settings); VET Educators, experts in the SUD field, VET providers, social care professionals, as well as targeted policy makers.

Results of this project:

  1. Identify skills development needs
  2. Development of a training programme for healthcare professionals
  3. Develop an online platform with accessible training materials

The project is carried out in collaboration with partners from Lithuania, Slovenia, Portugal, Romania, Greece and supported by the Erasmus+ program.

Erasmus+ Project number: 2022-1-LT01-KA220-VET-000086077

The project period is november 1st, 2022 till february 28th, 2025.

  • Coordinator: Klaipedos Ernesto Galvana Shoes Profession Mokymo, Lithhuania
  • Partner: Institut Utrip - Slovenia
  • Partner: Universidade do Postage, Portugal
  • Partner: The assistant social si medical, Romania
  • Partner: Solidarity and wellbeing: Social mind, Greece
  • Partner: SOSU Østjylland, Denmark

You can read more about the project here: https://care4sud.eu

Press releases (in Danish)
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Newsletters (in Danish)
Newsletter no 1
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