STAMFORD INSTITUTE ON ADDICTION AND REHABILITATION (SIAR)

BACKGROUND

Substance abuse and addictions have got an endemic form over the last few decades and appeared as one of the most burning problems all over the world. It is more devastating in the developing countries. Several factors such as  ignorance about the bad effects of drug, declining traditional moral  values, poverty, unemployment, failure and frustration among the youth, inconsistencies at the family and social levels, political instability, dynamic market mechanism of the traffickers etc. are mainly responsible for this situation . The countries like Bangladesh having geographical location in between the golden triangle and the crescent triangle, and the presence of the crescent way alongside the boarders of India, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran and Russia, are used as transit houses for drug trafficking and eventually drug is easily available to the common people and drug abusers in these areas. This situation does not only destroy the young generations, the most potential productive forces but also wages to violence, killing and social anarchy. Institutionalized efforts from holistic perspective based on sound intellectual, technical, ethical and moral proficiency is urgently needed to overcome this situation. Complying with this need the Stamford Institute on Addictions and Rehabilitation (SIAR) has been established in 2006 with a view to conducting education, research, training and other allied programs on addiction and rehabilitation.

OBJECTIVES

The objectives of the Institute are:

1.      To conduct academic programs including master on addiction and rehabilitation studies and offering degrees and diplomas.

2.      To design and conduct training courses on the different issues of addiction and rehabilitation to cater the functional and special needs of the practitioners in this field.

3.      To run rehabilitation center/program for providing services to the addicts and getting thereby applied knowledge in the allied field;

4.      To mobilize the community and community organizations for disseminating  knowledge on addiction, rehabilitation and preventing substance abuse;

5.      To conduct scientific and social research on addiction and addiction related problems as well as on the special fields of studies related to addiction and rehabilitation;

6.      To organize conference, seminar, workshop, lecture, debate etc and establish network of organizations and individuals working in the same areas.

7.      To provide expert supports  to  Government and Non-Government organizations on addiction and rehabilitation related issues;

MANAGEMENT

An independent Board of Trustee consisting of seven members including Professor Dr. M A  Hannan Feroz, the President of Stamford University as chairman and Professor Dr. Aka Firowz Ahmad, as member secretary, is responsible for managing all the affairs of the Institute.

 

PROGRAMS

SIAR conducts the following programs

1.      Education and Training Program

2.      Research and Dissemination

3.      Recovery and Rehabilitation 

4.      Community Mobilization 0

 

1. Education and Training Program

1.1 Master of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies

The Master Program of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies has been developed to provide theoretical knowledge and practical skills on addiction and rehabilitation of the Victims of addiction. The courses will enable students to develop a critical and systematic understanding of the theoretical and scientific basis of the assessment and management of substance misuse problems; and learn related approaches to interventions specifically targeted to adolescent population, including assessment, pharmacological or psychological treatments, relapse prevention, and self-help. It will also enable students to learn and explore contemporary thinking in prevention and rehabilitation programs as well as acquire the qualities and transferable specialist skills necessary for employment, education and research related to substance misuse problems.

Total Credit Hours Requirement

MARS program has been designed to provide for the adjustment of variation on the backgrounds of the students. Normally MARS program consists of 14 courses having 48.0 credit hours with Project & Thesis. However, students having different educational backgrounds will require completing different number of courses and credit hours as shown in the following table.

Minimum courses & credit hours required to be completed by students with different backgrounds:

Educational Background

Total Courses

Credit Hours

BSc (Hons)/MBBS/MSc

10

36.00

BBA/BSc/BSS/BA/BCom (Hons)/MBA/MSc/MSS/MA/MCom

12

42.00

Degree Pass (BA/BSc/BCom/BSS)

14

48.00

 

Course Outline of Master of Addiction and Rehabilitation Studies

SL.

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

1

MARS 501

Introduction to Substance Abuse: Theory and Practice

3.0

2

MARS 502

Drugs and Behavior

3.0

3

MARS 503

Treatment of Addictions and Recovery Tools

3.0

4

MARS 504

Substance Abuse in Children and Adolescents Evaluation and Intervention

3.0

5

MARS 505

Family Recovery and Substance Abuse

3.0

6

MARS 506

Substance Misuse and Psychiatric Disorders

3.0

7

MARS 507

Prevention of Addiction

3.0

8

MARS 508

School-Based Drug and Violence Prevention Programs

3.0

9

MARS 509

Crime, Drug Trafficking and Terrorism

3.0

10

MARS 510

Substance Abuse in Bangladesh

3.0

11

MARS 511

Drug Policy Analysis

3.0

12

MARS 512

Project Management

3.0

13

MARS 513

Mental Health and Social Work Services

3.0

14

MARS 514

Fundamental Principles of Clinical Psychology

3.0

 

 

Project and Thesis

6.0

 

 

Total    

                                                                                   48.00

 

1.2 Diploma Program

 

The Institute also offers 6 months long diploma and program. Every year two session of the program run by the Institute. First session starts from January-June and second session starts from July-December. Anyone can get admitted in any of the session, those have primary qualification set by the institute. The diploma course is designed for the graduates who want to add more qualifications to their social sciences or health sciences expertise.

 

Minimum qualification to apply for the diploma programs is having a BA /BSS/BBA/MBBS or equivalent degree.

 

Total Credit Hours Requirement

DAPR program has been designed to provide for the adjustment of variation on the backgrounds of the students. Normally DAPR program consists of 8 courses having 24.0 credit hours. However, students having different educational it backgrounds will require completing different number of courses and credit hours as shown in the following table.

Minimum courses & credit hours required to be completed by students

with different backgrounds:

Educational Background

Total Courses

Credit Hours

BSc (Hons)/MBBS/MSc

6

18.00

BBA/BSc/BSS/BA/BCom (Hons)/MBA/MSc/MSS/MA/MCom

7

21.00

Degree Pass (BA/BSc/BCom/BSS)

8

24.00

 

Course Structure

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

DAPR 201

Introduction to substance abuse

3.0

DAPR 202

Drugs and behavior

3.0

DAPR 203

Substance abuse in children and adolescent Evaluation and Intervention

3.0

DAPR 204

Family Recovery and Substance Abuse

3.0

DAPR 205

Substance Misuse and Psychiatric Disorders

3.0

DAPR 206

Prevention of Addiction

3.0

DAPR 207

Addiction, violence and Peace

3.0

DAPR 208

Principle of behavior management and modification

3.0

 

Total Credit Hours                                 

24    

 

1.3 Training Program

 

The institute conducts short term training a program ranging from one day to five days for practitioners and volunteers working on substance abuse. The major areas of training programs include the following:

1.      introduction to substance abuse and recovery tools,

2.      drug and behavior, treatment of addiction and recovery tools,

3.      intervention and case management,

4.      Substance misuse and psychiatric disorders, prevention of addiction,

5.      Mental health and social work services,

6.      Addiction and violence and peace,

7.      Fundamentals of counseling

8.      Ethical approach of prevention of addiction

9.      Substance abuse in Bangladesh

10.  Existing regulations and policies

11.  Motivational interviewing  and Self-help programs

12.  Principles of behavior management and modification

 

2. RESEARCH AND DISSEMINATION

 

SIAR conducts research on different issues of substance abuse and rehabilitation involving experts in this field and organizes workshop, seminar, conferences and discussion meeting to share and disseminate knowledge and experience of experts and practitioners.

 

3. RECOVERY AND REHABILITATION 

The Institute has taken an initiative to establish a rehabilitation center for the substance abusers from holistic perspective .It is now in the preparatory phase.

 

4. COMMUNITY MOBILIZATION

 

Through its organizational network and following a participatory and partnership approach the Stamford Institute on Addiction and Rehabilitation (SIAR) mobilizes community people against substance abuse and community based rehabilitation of the victims.