NTI’s first international training partner was OPORA, a Russian addiction training organization based in Moscow that has issued more than 6,000 NTI – Opora certificates.
In October 2009, NET Institute marked a 10 years of addiction training in Egypt in English and in Arabic working with our longtime partner Dr. Ehab El Kharrat, founder of The Freedom Drugs and HIV Programme and the ISAACS training center serving hundreds of students. NTI offered the first professional addiction examination in the Middle East. NTI provided the examinations in Arabic for qualified candidates. In total, 110 people from 12 Arab nations sat for the exam with 88 receiving a passing score. Exam protocols were overseen by staff from the United Nations, the NET Institute, The Freedom Program and the University of Alexandria law school. Exams were graded by the Florida Certification Board (FCB).
In addition, the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC), based out of New York City, worked with NET Institute to offer credentials to successful candidates through their WFTC certification board. The Illinois Certification Board contributed to this effort by making their exam study guide available. The Egyptian team translated culturally appropriate sections into Arabic for use during the exam prep sessions.
NTI has partnered with the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC) since 1997. Dr. Jean LaCour was a member of the WFTC Executive Committee for many years and presented in international addiction conferences in Colombia, Chile, and Mexico.
In 2008, Dr. LaCour participated in the United Nations Workgroup on Drugs and Crime held in Vienna, Austria. Participants crafted and proposed three UN resolutions relating to addiction treatment and recovery. Other workgroups followed, and she participated in UNGASS, the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs and Crime in New York City in 2016.
Dr. LaCour’s focus and advocacy have taken her to Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Latvia, India, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Israel, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Spain, Switzerland, Netherlands, England, Sweden, Poland, Austria, Czech Republic, Bermuda, Myanmar, Malaysia, Singapore, and Cambodia.