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Certification in Addiction Therapy

Certification in AddictionTherapy (endorsed by Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MAP) and Psychotherapy Chapter of Malaysia Society for Complementary Medicine)

This coursewill examine both substance abuse and behavioral compulsions, including alcohol and other drugs, smoking, compulsive gambling, eating disorders, and sexual addictions. There will also be a focus on diversity in addicted populations, the business of drugs, and prevention.

What is included in the AddictionTherapy

  • Lecture
  • Tutorial
  • Clinical supervision
  • Case review & assessment

Fees and Course Structure

Course Cost  RM 4,800 (Students are required to buy various recommended text books)
Course Time  3 Months
Prerequisite At least a Credit in SPM English or two years working experience at a related industry
Group Size  Group limited to 8 participants maximum only to optimize group dynamics

Training Topics

Certification in Addiction Therapy

1) Overview of the Addictions Field

2) Theories / Models of Addiction

  • Introduction to Service-Learning Options
  • Definitions and Epidemiology of Substance Use, Abuse, and Disorder
  • The Etiology of Addiction [Begin abstinence / acquisition project]

3) Disease Model of Alcoholism

4) Biological and Genetic Factors in Addictions

  • The brain biology and drug abuse and addiction
  • The physiological and behavioral consequences of alcohol / drug abuse

5) Service-Learning / At Risk Youth

6) Assessment

  • Screening, diagnosis, assessment and referral
  • Ambivalence: The dilemma of change
  • -Facilitating change

7) Treatment

  • Treatment-System of care
  • Change and resistance: Opposite side of the coin
  • Building Motivation for change

8) Compulsive Gambling

9) Smoking/Nicontine

10) Eating Disorders

11) Media and societal influences on addiction

12) Sexual addiction

13) Family Systems

  • Family systems and chemical dependency

14) Gender issues in addiction

  • Gender and drugs: Fact, fiction and unanswered questions

15) Sexual Orientation and Addictions

16) Substance abuse treatment with sexual minorities

17) Fetal alcohol Syndrome

18) Age and addiction

  • Treating chemically dependent youth
  • Alcohol and drug use among elders

19) Dual diagnosis

20) Regulation of drugs

21) Prevention

22) Professional Issues / Ethics in Addictions

  • Chemical dependency: Current issues and future prospects.

Course Layout

We use the mastery system of education. Besides lecturing, this course provides clinical experience such as: research, case study, group clinical supervision, reflections,discussions & presentation. Assessment includes case study oral and written presentations, group participation, research paper and assignments.

The topics mentioned above are taught within 3 months. During this period, students will also be given clinical case assignments and presentations to do. Our course is structured as 2 intensive workshop with 6 group clinical supervision & oral / written case presentation for the assessment. Fulfilling the attendance and passing the criteria given will lead to towards the licensed practitioner membership of Adult Psychotherapy, Geriatric Psychotherapy, Family Therapy, Couple Therapy, Child Therapy, Art Therapy and/or Expressive Therapy Divisions of Malaysia Association of Psychotherapy.

Equipments& Venue

Below are the equipments used:

  • Psychometric instruments
  • Subliminal recordings cds
  • PsychoAromatherapy essential oil blends and pots
  • Insomnia laboratory diagnostic testing kits
  • Insomnia psychonutrtional medicine
  • Reference books and journals
  • Journaling and art therapeutic materials
  • Audio Resources
  • White board
  • Notes/ books

Venue: International Psychology Centre, Kuala Lumpur

Teaching Faculty

The lecturer, tutorials, case supervisions and assignments will be conducted by the International Psychology Centre's team of professional psychologist and psychotherapists accredited by the International Certification &Reciprocacy Consortium of Drugs & Alcohol Addiction Counseling; the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy; Malaysian; the International Society for Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry: Researches, Theories and Clinical Practices; the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association; the World Council of Psychotherapy and the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine, led by:


B.Sc.(Hons.)(Psy),(Middlesex) MSc.(Learning)(Lancaster), D.Phil.(Psy),

(IOU) CSAC (Hawaii, International Certification &Reciprocacy Consortium)

(Reg. No. M906-98); PgCert (Anxiety Disorders); PgCert (Brain Based Therapy);

Principal Consultant Psychologist, Psychotherapist and Certified Master Trainer.

Dr Chan is a fellow of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy (MalaysianPsychotherapy.net); a fellow of the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association; a level 5 supervisor practitioner member of the division of the Malaysian Association of Psychotherapy; a practitioner Member of the Malaysian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Association; a practitioner member fo the Psychotherapy Chapter of the Malaysian Society for Complementary Medicine; a member of the International Employees Assistance Professionals Association; a council member of the World Council of Psychotherapy; Charter member of the International Coaching Federation (Malaysian Chapter); a member of the International Association of Facilitators and a member of the Malaysian Society for Training and Development.

Dr. Chan has conducted academic researches and lectured at numerous Universities throughout the world, including the Department of Educational Research, University of Lancaster, UK; the Department of Experiemental Psychology, University of Oxford, UK.; Institute of Educational Technology, the Open University, UK.; Department of Psychology, the Intercultural Open University, the Netherlands; Stress Management Masters TQM Programme, Newport University Malaysia; University Malaya (Medical Department), Masters programme in Clinical Psychology, National University of Malaysia and was an invited speaker at many international conferences including being the Keynote speaker at the Asian Pacific Rim International Counseling & Psychotherapy Conference 2013 (CounselingMalaysia.com); the 2008 World Psychotherapy Conference, Beijing; the Asian Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Conference 2008, Bangkok; the Asia Human Resource Conference 2011; the Singapore Human Resource Conference 2010; the 2011 Asian Pacific International Counselling Conference, Hong Kong; the World Psychotherapy Conference 2011; Sydney and the Australian Counselling Association Conference 2011 in Melbourne.

Dr. Chan has also published widely in academic proceedings of numerous academic conferences, for example, Current Research & Practices on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in Asia, edited by Profession Tian from the Department of Clinical Psychology, Queensland University, Australia as well as in International and National journals and newspaper including the Asian Wall Street Journal, the Edge, New Straits Time, the Star and journals such as: Malaysian Medical Tribune, Voice of Coaching, Malaysian Business, CIMA as well as being a well-known radio and television personality on insomnia and related psychology topics. Dr. Chan has also authored several books on these topics including the critically acclaimed Dancing with Crocodiles, where he expoused innovative psychotherapy techniques. Dr. Chan is the chief editor of the International Journal of Psychotherapy, Counseling & Psychiatry: Researches, Theories & Clinical Practices (ISPCP-TRCP.org)