Training & Capacity Building:

The Institute runs a number of programmes and training courses, tailored for specific target groups by adopting three-pronged approaches:
(i) One-Month Certificate Course on Drug Counselling Skills: The course has been designed to build the knowledge base of service providers including Counsellors, Social Workers, Outreach Workers of treatment centers. The course includes interactive theoretical sessions and one week field placement in reputed treatment centers. The broad contents of the course are - Basics of Addiction, Motivation and Counselling, Community Based interventions, Outreach and Awareness Creation. From the year 2014-15, NISD has started one month program for counselors in the field of drug abuse.
ii) Fifteen-Day Certificate Course on Drug Abuse Prevention by the National Institute of Social Defence and Regional Resource Training Centres.
iii) Five-Day Training Course on Drug Abuse Prevention by the National Institute of Social Defence and Regional Resource Training Centres.

Thematic Skill Building Programmes:
Under this category, the following two to five days’ programmes are undertaken:
• Substance Addiction Identification, Initial Motivation and Early Intervention: To orient service providers on symptomatic behaviour, early identification and early warning signs in order to equip them with requisite techniques for early intervention.
• Counselling for Addiction (Individual, Family and Group): To train counsellors working in the areas of substance demand reduction so as to expand their knowledge base and sharpen their individual, group and family counselling skills.
• Preventive Interventions for High-Risk Groups: To sensitise service providers working with high-risk groups such as truckers, commercial sex-workers, etc., on issues pertaining to Behavioural Change Communication (BCC).
• Research, Rapid Assessment & Monitoring of Substance Abuse: On the relevance, scope and contents of research, rapid assessment and monitoring of substance abuse to obtain evidence for planning strategic interventions.
• Management of Co-dependency and Family Issues: To enable Counsellors/ Social Workers to deal effectively with significant others including family and co-dependents of addicts.
• Rehabilitation and Relapse Prevention – Issues & Modalities: For service providers for development and implementation of rehabilitation and relapse prevention programmes.
• Prevention and Management of Substance Abuse and HIV/AIDS: To orient and expose the service providers to the area of HIV/AIDS prevention among substance users.
• Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention at Workplace: To sensitize Labour Welfare Officers of Corporate houses and Project Officers/Senior Counsellors of Treatment-cum-Rehabilitation Centres working with the organizations/ enterprises/industries.
• A Learning Pack for Youth Coordinators: Designed for youth coordinators of National Service Scheme (NSS) and Nehru Yuva Kendra (NYK) on alcohol and substance abuse prevention
• Treatment and Rehabilitation of Substance Addicts in Prisons/ Correctional Settings: To sensitize and empower middle level functionaries working in prisons/correctional settings on alcohol and substance abuse prevention issues.
• Documentation for Addiction Management-Assessment, Client Profiling, Recording and Documentation: To ensure proper recording and documentation of programme activities.
• Management Development Programme (MDP): To provide basic skills and understanding of the programme activities being carried out by Treatment-cum-Rehabilitation Centres.
• Orientation Course based on TNA (Training Needs Assessment): On the selected thematic issues relating to treatment based on needs assessment in operational areas of RRTCs.

Strategic Consultations
The Institute also organises strategic consultations with various stakeholders to evolve strategies for convergent action so as to bring synergy in ongoing programmes with different partners.
The Institute also holds Annual Consultative Meets with the Regional Resource Training Centres (RRTCs) located in different parts of the country which serve as regional extension centres. This consultative meet is organised every year to plan out the activities of NC-DAP and RRTCs for strategising key interventions based on emerging trends, evidence and experience gained at the operational level.