Advancing the professionalism of the drug prevention workforce in Europe is at the heart of a European Prevention Curriculum (EUPC) handbook, launched by the EMCDDA in 2019. The manual is designed to train professionals who are involved in shaping prevention decisions, opinions and policies in Europe in the science-based prevention of substance use.
The aim of the EUPC initiative is to implement a standardised prevention training curriculum in Europe and improve the overall effectiveness of prevention. The training curriculum was developed by the EU-funded project UPC-Adapt.
Last year’s online training gathered participants from the EU Member States (Czechia, Ireland, Cyprus, Latvia, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovenia and Finland) and from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro).
A second online edition organised in the framework of the EMCDDA4GE project takes place from 13 to 17 September 2021 (only half-days). This time, participation is extended to Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Malta, Romania, Switzerland, Albania, Serbia, Georgia, Ukraine and Tunisia. The EMCDDA will hold this training focusing on the most useful and evidence-based prevention interventions and approaches, which will be based on the EUPC materials.