Netherlands, Amsterdam

Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction | GSSS

when 10 July 2016 - 21 July 2016
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 1200

Substance abuse and its accompanying health and social problems are considered major problems around the world with tragic consequences for individuals, families and countries.
Addiction is not a new problem, but few countries have sufficient resources allocated to address it. Moreover, the concept of addiction brings to the forefront social, medical and moral questions. The intertwined dynamics of health systems, economic considerations and moral (inter)national politics have a combined effect upon the prevention and treatment of addicts.
This two week Institute seeks to provide a multi disciplinary approach to the study of addiction. The course will focus on policy models, prevention, evidenced based treatment, and how they intersect. Bridging the gap between research and treatment practice and policy will also be highlighted throughout the course.

>> contact the GSSS Summer Programmes Office for more information: +31 (0)20 525 3776, e-mail:, Skype: summer-gsss-uva <<

Course leader

Academic director: Dr. Dennis McCarty
Dennis McCarty is a Professor in the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, Oregon. He is the Principal Investigator for the Oregon/Hawaii Node of the N

Target group

Applicants should have at least a completed Bachelor's degree and relevant coursework or experience in a field related to the topics discussed in the programme.
The Institute welcomes individuals with a focused interest in addiction research and treatment, Master and PhD students, NGO staff working on addiction-related issues, professionals in human services, practitioners and advocates.
Preference will be given to students based on the following criteria:
current graduate students
students currently working towards a PhD
professionals who are working or want to work with the government, NGOs, or otherwise in a field related to the topic of the Summer Institute
policy makers
Preference will be given to students based on the following criteria:

* graduate students enrolled
* post-graduate students who embarked on a PhD trajectory
* professionals who are working or want to work with the government, NGOs, or otherwise in a field related to the topic of the Summer Institute
* policy makers

Course aim

The programme is built around four themes: an overview of policies and the history of the concept of addiction, contemporary prevention services, the current state of affairs, and an assessment of treatment innovations. Each module concludes with a workshop integrating concepts into daily clinical, policy, and research practices. Two excursions supplement classroom presentation: a visit to a coffee shop, harm reduction service, and a police officer in the Hague; and a morning visit at the the municipal Health Service of Amsterdam (GGD).

A central aspect of the institute is the opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the world. During the course, participants will be invited to briefly present in their areas of specialization the current state of affairs in their home countries (e.g. policy, prevention, treatment). Following the presentations, facilitated workshop session assist students to integrate the research and practice information from instructors and peers into tangible goals and plans for applying course information to their professional work upon their return home.

Credits info

As a Summer Institute student you will either receive
an official certificate (non-credit)
or both a certificate and a transcript (credit)
with an official seal from the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
Students who wish to earn credits receive an official transcript stating the courses taken, credits earned and grades obtained. The programme is the equivalent of a 6 European Credits (or 3 American credits) module.

Fee info

EUR 1200: Application fee waived if submitted before February 1, 2016
The tuition fee includes:
lunch on class days
public transportation card
access to course materials on Blackboard
excursions and site visits
Farewell drinks
certificate of attendance
credit students also receive a transcript
The tuition fee does not include travel to and from Amsterdam nor housing.
EUR 425: Housing fee


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NIDA Scholarship
The National Institute on Drug Abuse ( NIDA) is offering two students from the US a full tuition scholarship (not including housing). Students should follow the regular a

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