Aarhus, Denmark

Substance Use Disorders: Critical Views on Interventions and Recovery

when 22 July 2024 - 9 August 2024
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 705

Substance use disorders (SUDs) are the third most costly mental health disorders in high-income countries. These costs are related to greater health problems and/or increasing disability from work, among others. While there are many potential interventions to reduce the impact of SUDs both for the individual and for the society, there are also challenges in implementing these interventions.

In this course, the instructors will introduce the students to key concepts related to various types of interventions for substance use (e.g., prevention, treatment, rehabilitation), and common methods and indices to measure whether they work. The students will also learn about major approaches to implement interventions (e.g., public health, medical, psychosocial).

Discussions will take place around examples showing how interventions for SUD are implemented in practice. Students will analyze through a critical lens the role of various actors involved in the interventions, including users of substances, practitioners, and stakeholders. For example, the students will learn about patients’ barriers to access treatment, and practitioners’ challenges with supporting the care of complex patient cases.

The course will also offer an overview of the state-of-the-art research on selected topics addressing treatment for SUD, such as motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral therapy. Further, the students will learn what indices are used in research to determine treatment success (e.g., abstinence), while also learning and reflecting on how the recovery process is experienced and described by substance users.

Overall, the students will be able to look at interventions for SUD from different perspectives, learn about current challenges related to their implementation, and reflect on potential ways to increase the positive impact of interventions for SUD.

Course leader

Ana Paula Goncalves Donate

Target group

Bachelor´s level

Fee info

EUR 705: EU/EEA citizens
EUR 1488: NON EU/EEA citizens


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