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News Description Publication Date : 22 Nov 2019

NISD conducts two-day workshop on Therapeutic Community for Substance-Use Disorders on 17th -18th Nov.2019 at DAIC, New Delhi

The National Institute of Social Defence conducted a two-day workshop and training on Therapeutic Community (TC) on November 17 and 18 at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, New Delhi. The workshop, which was inaugurated by Dr. Veerendra Mishra, Director, NISD, was held to train RRTC representatives and counsellors to combat substance-use disorders. NISD invited experts Sushma D Taylor, President, World Federation of Therapeutic Community, USA, and Sandeep Verma, MS, LCSW, and president/CEO, Stay’n Out Programme, to guide the participants through the philosophy and approach of TC.

Therapeutic community is a participative, group-based approach for combating substance-use disorders. The participants at the training session learned about peer-to-peer feedback and effective methods to fight drug abuse. The event had representatives from RRTC and CBO, apart from staff members from IRCA and individuals working towards combating substance abuse.

The valedictory session on Day 2 was chaired by Upma Srivastava, Additional Secretary, Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, in the presence of Dr. Veerendra Mishra, Director, NISD; apart from other senior officials from NISD, representatives from RRTC and a few members of IRCA. The Additional Secretary thanked everyone for taking time out for the session and invited new ideas so that they can be implemented to bring about a positive change among the dependants and help them recover from substance-use disorders. The session was informative and the participants learned about learning and unlearning, and the importance of “habilitation” over “rehabilitation”. While rehabilitation is uplifting people who have already suffered dependence, habilitation is when services are provided to enable people to learn and improve their skills and abilities, and motivate them so that there’s no scope left for someone to go astray.

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