Kenya to vet addiction counselors

December 15, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – A body to certify addiction counselors and treatment and rehabilitation services will soon be set up, according to the National Campaign Againts Drug Abuse Authority (NACADA).

National Coordinator Jennifer Kimani further said efforts to operationalise Kenya Addiction Certification Programme by NACADA Authority are at an advanced stage.

She said the programme’s mission is to be the leading professional certification programme for service providers dealing with substance use disorders in the region.

Mrs Kimani said with the programme in motion certification will soon be a prerequisite for practice in addiction treatment field to ensure professionalism.

She was speaking at the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) during the closing of the 8-day training of trainers for the Kenya Certification and Education Programme for Addiction Counselors.

The chairman of the NACADA Authority Dr Frank Njenga who officially closed the training said the Government is committed to ensuring that people who work in the addiction field are competent.

“The Government will ensure that its citizens who seek treatment for substance use disorders are in the hands of qualified personnel,’’ said Dr Njenga.

He said substance use disorders could only be handled effectively in a systematic approach so that services could be rendered in the most professional manner.

Dr Njenga said the training marked an important step in introducing certification of addiction professionals in Kenya.


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