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Short Course in the Clinical Management of Substance Abuse - Contact Tuition

Interests: Substance Abuse / Management / Clinical Management


Despite all the preventative steps substance abuse and dependence is a growing problem worldwide as well as in South Africa. As new and more concentrated forms of substances are discovered or synthesised or new routes of administration developed, new problems related to their use emerge. Substance use has a profound impact on various aspects of society, including the physical, spiritual and mental well-being of individual users, their families, communities, public health, social welfare, educational service and the criminal justice system. Substance abuse and dependence also exacts great financial costs on society. Alcohol misuse alone is estimated to cost the country approximately 1% of the Gross Domestic Product.

People with substance use problems will regularly come into contact with healthcare service. It is therefore critically important for every healthcare workers to have a working knowledge of commonly used substances, to have the necessary skills to help users address substance use problems and to be aware of local rehabilitations services.

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Who Should Enrol

All healthcare practitioners.

Course Structure

Distance education through a comprehensive self-study-guide developed by experts in the field supported by a 2-day interactive contacts session.

Learning Outcomes

On completing this course the learner will:

  • Have general background about the growing substance use problem and the development of treatment programmes
  • Take note of the most commonly used substances
  • Know the terminology and definitions used in substance use problems
  • Be able to differentiate between substance abuse and dependence
  • Be aware of the different factors that contribute to development of substance use problems
  • Have a basic understanding of the brain pathways, structures and neurotransmitters involved in the development of substance use problems
  • Know the different risk factors that can contribute to substance use problems
  • Take note of the different classifications of substances
  • Be able to classify substances into groups that is practical for their circumstances and practice
  • Know which substances pose a particular problem locally
  • Be aware of vulnerabilities and trends of substance use in specific groups of individuals
  • Be able to identify high risk groups of individuals
  • Have a general impression about the interaction between substance abuse and certain disabilities
  • Be able to take a comprehensive history sensitive to substance used disorder specifically
  • Be able to define psychiatric disorders co-morbid with specific substances of abuse
  • Know about different primary prevention approaches be able to implement prevention strategies locally
  • Be aware of the legislation involved when managing patients with substance abuse problems
  • Be aware of different treatment approaches
  • Know when to refer patients
  • Be able to manage detoxification for different substances
  • Understand the impact of substance abuse in the workplace
  • Be able to apply general principles to legal issues relating to substance abuse in workplace


Accredited according to the HPCSA’s Medical and Dental Board Guidelines for Healthcare Professionals for 30 CEU’s on Level 3


Successful participants will receive a certificate of completion for this short course


R 3 895.00 (Inclusive of all VAT and Taxes where applicable)

Date Venue
31 October – 1 November 2017 Gauteng

Contact Details

Dr. Margot Uys

Tel: 012 816 9000
Fax: 086 502 5688
E-mail: healthscience@foundation.co.za
Address: PO Box 75324, Lynnwood Ridge, 0040
Website: www.foundation.co.za