European Drug Prevention Quality Standards in Lithuania
Łukasz Jędruszak, 2016-07-25 13:55:26
The Polish Reitox Focal Point by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention has been cooperating with National Focal Points in the Baltic States for a number of years. At the end of June a training seminar on European Drug Prevention Quality Standards for Lithuanian drug prevention specialists was organized in Lithuania.
The Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department - the Lithuanian counterpart of the National Bureau for Drug Prevention – expressed interest in the implementation of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards (EDPQS) in Lithuania. Since the beginning Poland has been participating in works on the development and dissemination of the EDPQS under the EU-sponsored projects. In the first phase of the EU project, Poland was represented by the National Bureau for Drug Prevention (KBPN) while the second phase was led by the Mazovian Centre for Social Policy (MCPS) with support of the KBPN. In recent years, several dozen experts from more than a dozen European countries have been involved in developing the EDPQS. As a result of the works EDPQS Manual was created (in English, Polish, Hungarian and Swedish), Quick Guide (released in different languages, including Polish) as well as 4 toolkits targeted on various groups. Depending on the needs, the EDPQS seminar might last from three hours to two days. Under the second phase of the project, pilot seminar were for a number of target groups were conducted in several countries. One of them was Poland, where the Mazovian Centre for Social Policy along with the KBPN held a two-day training. The project was finalized with subsequent training seminars in Warsaw, Katowice and Poznan, which were financed by regional governments. The abovementioned experiences were helpful in conducting the Lithuanian seminar. The Lithuanian seminar, which was held on 30 June in Vilnius, was attended by specialists of different sectors: central and municipal government officials (Vilnius), non-governmental organizations and university students. The number of the training participants reached 20, out of whom six specialized in doing prevention work. Apart from lectures on the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards, the training featured group workshops. The participants applied standards e.g. to assess and verify prevention projects presented to them and finally attempted to prepare an overview of a prevention programme based on selected standards. The seminar took place in the Vilnius town hall and was conducted in English. However, the participants were provided with the materials that were nearly all in Lithuanian language. The seminar was also attended by the staff of the Drug, Tobacco and Alcohol Control Department, who, based on the experiences gained in the seminar in question, are going to train 30 more specialists in subsequent seminar due to be conducted this year.