Training Programs

A higher diploma program in main psychological skills was developed in cooperation with Maudsley International, King’s College London, UK and accredited by the Faculty of Medicine, UAE University. 18 students mostly UAE Nationals working in the center and healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi graduated from the institute in 2013. 31 students more graduated in 2015 and the 3rd batch is preparing to start the study this year.


Date Title and description Target Group Facilitator Fees
January 25th & 26th “Psychological Approaches in Addiction Treatment” This introductory skills development workshop covers assessment, “link node mapping”, contingency management, motivational interviewing and relapse prevention. Psychologists, social workers, nurses and doctors Dr Shamil Wanigaratne Consultant Clinical Psychologist (NRC)  

Nursing workshops

February 10th

“Education Models in Addiction” Workshop on latest approaches in educating medical practitioners on addictions 

Medical Practitioners, educationalists, clinicians and policymakers Professor Nady el Guebaly (Canada)  

February 11th

“Management of Addicted Patients” Clinicians Dr. Gregory Bunt (USA)  
April 6th & 7th “Introduction to Substance Misuse (TreatNet)” Admin staff, members of the public Dr. Tarek Gawad, Dr. Nael Hassan & Dr. Mansour Shawky (NRC)  
April 20th “Legal Issues relating Substance Use in the UAE”   Dr. Anas Fikri & Dr Ali Al Marzooqi (NRC)  
28th & 29th April

NRC-UAEU Clinical Diploma in Psychological Skills and Competencies in Mental Health

14 month course.

The course is made up of 6 modules. The contents of the modules (12 units) will be selected from 14 courses which include 1. Assessment and outcome measurement, 2. Basic counseling skills, 3. Basic group skills, 4. Behavioral interventions, 5. Basic CBT skills, 6. CBT for depression, 7. CBT for anxiety, 8. Anger management, 9. Trauma and Grief 10. Motivational Interviewing, 11. Relapse Prevention, 12. Family therapy, 13. Mindfulness Based CBT, and 14. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Appendix A).  The methods of teaching will be a blended approach of didactic teaching, experiential workshops, course work and virtual learning.  It is expected that the students are currently involved in supervised clinical work and reports from supervisors will be integral to the course. Whilst the teaching and workshops will be based on cutting edge knowledge and evidence base, there will be a strong emphasis on considerations of cultural appropriateness and cultural adaptation.
nurses, doctors, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, counselors and therapists Dr. Shamil Wanigaratne, Dr. Ossama T. Osman and visiting faculty AED 20,000
11th May “Leadership and management of Substance Misuse Treatment Services” Mid-level Managers Facilitators TBA  
13th and 14th May

“Motivational Interviewing” This is an introductory workshop to develop motivational interviewing skills.

Psychologists, social workers, nurses and doctors

Dr Shamil Wanigaratne Consultant Clinical Psychologist (NRC)

17th and 18th May “Dealing with Substance Misuse” Police Officers Dr. Ali Al Marzooqi and Dr. Anas Fikri  
May 29th

“Introduction to CBT” One day workshop on introduction to CBT

Psychology students, social workers, nurses and doctors Speaker: TBA  
March 9th & 10th

“SBRIT (Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment)” Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) is an evidence-based practice used to identify, reduce, and prevent problematic use, abuse, and dependence on alcohol and illicit drugs. The SBIRT model was incited by an Institute of Medicine recommendation that called for community-based screening for health risk behaviors, including substance use.

Primary Care Physicians Dr. Ahmed el Kashef (NRC)  
October 25th  to 29th

ISAM Conference and workshop’s

WHO Senior Managers Workshop


November 15th and 16th

Workshop “Tackling addition in schools”

Teaches, school nurses and counselors Dr. Ali Marzooqi  

December 17th

Workshop “Introduction to Family Work”

Psychologists, social workers, nurses and doctors Faculty TBA  

Workshop “Recovery Oriented Systems of Care”

Clinicians and managers in mental health and addictions Dr. Ahmed elKashef and Dr. Tarek Gawad