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 people living with addiction. Participants will use Amsterdam as a case study as they encounter academic debates, and bolster and challenge their classroom learning with field work and excursions. Addiction takes many forms, and Amsterdam offers a unique chance for students to become familiarized with cutting-edge research and practice in every field.
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.