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Foundation Degree in Drug & Alcohol Counselling – at the University of Leicester

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I am the course tutor on the Foundation Degree. If you are working with substance users or would like to move into the field then the Foundation Degree might be the course for you. It is part time and designed to fit alongside work. It runs as a one evening a week class or as a Distance Learning Course, if you live further afield or need the flexible study option.

“The course will provide the skills, knowledge base and expertise needed to use counselling skills within the drug and alcohol counselling field. The Degree provides an opportunity for people to train as drug and alcohol counselling workers and build a career in this profession… and will enable students to develop sufficient competence and confidence to access employment in the drug and alcohol counselling field.”

More information about the Face to Face Course or the Distance Learning Course. Alternatively you can download the information here:

Course Information – Distance Learning

Course Information – Evening Classes in Leicester

Application Form

Intake for 2012 will start in January.

 


Post Graduate Courses in Drug & Alcohol Treatment

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I am involved in running a Post Graduate course at the University of Leicester, Department of Medical & Social Care Education. If you work with Substance Users, have a degree and want to to go further then:

The Postgraduate Courses in Drug and Alcohol Treatment are specifically designed for people working with those who have drug or alcohol problems.  The curriculum is based on the skills and knowledge required for effective treatment and course tutors are all practitioners from a variety of professions with many years experience.

The course starts of with the Post Graduate Certificate and students can take this further to a Masters if they wish.

  • Year 1 – Post Graduate Certificate
  • Year 2 – Post Graduate Diploma
  • Year 3 – Masters (by Dissertation)

Click Here for further information.

Alternatively you can download the Information for Applicants and Application Form here.


The rise of Ecstasy in Brazil

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An article in the guardian on 18.12.11 reports on the rise of Ecstasy use in Brazil; it says:

“The annual incineration of police hauls of marijuana and cocaine is nothing new to South America, home to some of the biggest coca fields and marijuana plantations on Earth… Brazil remains one of the largest cocaine consumers in the world and a major transit point for the drug. But a recent report by the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime suggested consumption of synthetic drugs, stable or falling in much of Europe, is on the rise in Brazil and other South American countries… In 2001 Brazil’s federal police reported seizing 1,909 ecstasy pills at the country’s borders and airports. Ten years on, that figure has mutiplied by 100.

After a July operation that dismantled an ecstasy trafficking ring which had been importing 30,000 pills each month from Holland, drug squad chief João Luiz Caetano de Araújo said: “Synthetic drugs are slowly replacing cocaine consumption.”

Next year the changing habits of Brazilian drug users will make their big screen debut, with the release of Artificial Paradises, a feature film focusing on “Brazil’s ecstasy generation”

Looks like they are starting to go through what happened in the UK from the late 80s with the ‘Rave Generation’. At the moment they seem to be importing from Europe. I wonder what will happen when the supply lines shift to China. There are reports that MDMA production is starting up in china using the infrastructure and supply lines established with Mephedrone and the other ‘Legal Highs’.

via Brazil ecstasy haul points to new generation of drug mules | World news | guardian.co.uk.



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