MESA – Multiprofessional Education in Substance Abuse


The MESA education program is directed at experts working in the fields of social work and health care, including decision makers and director-level personnel; teaching and educational professionals and professionals that work directly with substance abuse issues.

Participating in the MESA education program will:
- increase the skills of cooperation of professionals dealing with substance abuse
- provide new tools for professionals to deal with substance addiction, clients, preventive work and different treatment possibilities based on research data
- decrease costs related to substance abuse in medical and health sectors
- provide healthier communities, families and societies


MESA program is tailor-made for an organisation: from 25 ects up to 30 ects

1. Drugs, society and culture (3 ect)
2. Drugs and health (3 ect)
3. Disadvantages of substance abuse and social well-being (3 ect)
4. Brief intervention, motivational interviewing and intervention methods (3 ect)
5. Multiprofessional co-operation and network (3 ect)
6. Cognitive approach when working with a drug using client (5 ect, optional)
7. Solution focused approach when working with drug using client (5 ect, optional)
8. Development project work (5 ect)


Further information:
Mrs. Niina Alapuranen
Training Manager
Education and Development Services
University of Lapland
niina.alapuranen@ulapland.fi


The MESA education program is developed by five Finnish Universities that have a multiprofessional viewpoint and high-level expertise in the field of studies of substance abuse and in educating social and health professionals.

University of Lapland, www.ulapland.fi
Rovaniemi University of Applied Sciences, www.ramk.fi
Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences, www.tokem.fi
Oulu University, www.oulu.fi
Oulu University of Applied Sciences, www.oamk.fi