The ICARS program was successfully implemented in Trillium Residencies, Cebu City, from 2 to 13 February 2018. The eighty hours of continuing education were delivered by two Global Master Trainers namely Ms. Malyn Cristobal of the Philippines, ICAP III(ICCE) and NCAC 1 ( NAADAC) and Mr. Tay Bian How, MAC (NAADAC) and ICAP III (ICCE), who is also the Director of the Emeritus Addiction Studies Sdn. Bhd. (EAS)

A total of 26 participants from Singapore and Philippines participated actively in the program and all achieved the required score to earn the Certificate of Professional Achievement (CPA) in Addiction Recovery from the Asian Metropolitan University (AMU). Honourable Dato’ Hj. Abd. Rashid Bin Hj. Mohd. Sharif, SMRT Holdings Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer graciously awarded the CPAs to the successful participants. The participants came from a very diverse group, consisting of persons in recovery working in the rehabilitation field, priests from the faith-based organizations who are assisting in recovery of persons with substance use disorders and volunteers in addiction related civil societies.

The two trainers conducted the thirteen modules in an interactive manner and incorporated adult learning strategies as well as included brainstorming, assignments, group work, role plays and a mini test to ensure participants learned the facts and skills pertaining to addiction recovery. As a result of this successful first initiative of EAS in collaboration with AMU, several other initiatives are planned with participants who felt the initiatives could empower more practitioners in other parts of the country. Hence, EAS has planned to implement the following initiatives:
1. ICARA in Bandung, Indonesia
2. MI Skills in Makati City, Philippines
3. ICPS in Manila City


About fourteen participants are interested to pursue the Executive Master in Addiction Studies program and have requested EAS to delay the commencement of the program to early July 2018 to enable them to raise the required funding.

In addition, the ICARS program culminated with the participants anonymously agreed and officially formed and registered the Association of Certified Addiction Recovery Specialists (ACARS). In essence, ACARS aims to be a platform for all Recovery Specialists to network but more importantly to seek recognition from the other professionals as well as the government. ACARS could be seen linked to the AMU-EAS educational initiatives in transforming lives.

EAS takes this opportunity to express its sincere appreciation and gratitude to AMU for the collaboration and looks forward to implement the next initiative in Bandung, Indonesia.

Brief Report prepared by Tay Bian How, Director of Emeritus Addiction Studies Sdn. Bhd.

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