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European Addiction Training Institute (EATI)

Quality level: 1

Summary

The main objectives of the project are to cultivate and exchange expertise and scientific knowledge about addiction at a European level by implementing training courses for professionals on treatment, prevention, research, management and policy planning. The project includes the publication and dissemination of training materials.

Type of intervention:
Sub-area:
training courses for professionals
Setting:
Type of approach:
training for professionals
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
process evaluation
Country:
European Commission
Start date:
01/11/2001
End date:
31/05/2004

Overall objective

The main objectives of the European Addiction Training Institute are to cultivate and exchange expertise and scientific knowledge about addiction at a European level; to improve the quality of interventions in the fields of treatment, prevention, policy making and research. The key concept is stimulating quality improvement (efficiency, effectiveness, accessibility) through training and education. The main target groups for training courses and workshops include: multi-disciplinary treatment staff, prevention officers, researchers, managers and directors, drug policy advisers.

Abstract

The European Addiction Training Institute (EATI) was created to extend and exchange the expertise generated in all areas of treatment, care, prevention and research through training and education across Europe. Substance use problems exist in all the member states of the European Union and each country has developed its own network of services to address these problems. EATI ensures that this collective expertise is shared in the widest possible way. The main target groups for training courses and workshops are: Multidisciplinary treatment staff , Prevention staff , Researchers , Managers and directors of organizations , Drug policy advisers. The majority of participants for EATI training courses are recruited from EU member states: in the period 1998-2000, 85% of all participants came from fourteen member states. The remaining 15% of participants came from pre-accession countries such as Poland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Estonia, Slovakia and Romania. Training courses are delivered by European trainers, specialized in a specific area in the field of substance abuse. EATI is affiliated to the Jellinek in Amsterdam, one of the largest institutes for the treatment and prevention of substance abuse in Europe. The EATI-office is responsible for the general management of the Institute. Working together with a number of European Union Focal Training Points, EATI staff plan, organize and co-ordinate the annual package of training courses. EATI has an international Advisory Board, with representatives from organizations such as the World Health Organization, EASAR and other partner organizations. EATI publishes a periodical Newsletter and maintains a website (http://www.eati.org). Two elements are essential to the project: the transfer of state-of-the-art knowledge and approaches concerning all forms of research, treatment and/or care regarding all addictive substances (sometimes in relation to psychiatric disorders, sometimes treated somewhat more in isolation) in the form of presentations, materials and manuals and other publications and the bringing together of professionals, active in this field from all over Europe, including several of the accession countries and providing them with opportunities for networking. The two combined made for over-all satisfaction amongst almost all participants at all training events, to a fruitful exchange of knowledge, ideas and concepts, and to, for some participants more than for others, an extension of an international network. It made them aware of their stance on issues where others had diametrically opposed opinions, or made them realize they were not alone in having these opinions. For some participants from regions with "backward" styles of policy making and approaches to addiction EATI meetings were a solid networking. They returned to these regions with renewed vigour and probably transferred much of what was taught to their colleagues. For others it was rather a confirmation of being on the right track, which is useful in itself. The fact that EATI trainings had a solid social element, with a collective dinner, but also with many of the participants sticking together during leisure time, only increased the effect.

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