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1st FTCA Conference

The Federation of Therapeutic Communities in Asia (FTCA) will run its first international conference on August 21-22 at the newly inaugurated MSGR. WILLIAM O’BRIEN AND FR. LAMBERTUS SOMAR training center at the SELF Taal View House compound, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines.

In this Inaugural Conference, several international TC experts will speak on the theme Treatment and Prevention in Asia: The Challenges Ahead. Target participants are rehab practitioners, teachers, students, the clergy, and others engaged in the helping profession.

A promotional package of only $300 per person is being offered for those who will attend the 2-day training. Please be at the Training Center no later than August 20 and schedule your departure on August 23. Please send your flight details soonest so we can arrange your transportation to the venue.

This limited offer is available only to the first 22 participants. Beyond this, participants will have to book their own accommodations in nearby hotels. Students with valid IDs will be charged only $250.

We look forward to your participation in this momentous event.


Dr. Gregory Bunt graduated medical school in 1983 from NYU School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 1987. He was among the first to complete the Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine (1989). Since then, he has been on the NYU Medical School Faculty in the Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, currently as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with Special Added Qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry and a Fellow of the International Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Bunt is the Immediate Past President of the New York Society of Addiction Medicine and currently the President of the International Society of Addiction Medicine. He has been the Medical Director for Daytop Village and Daytop International for 25 years.


Harry Scott is currently an Assistant Vice President of Residential Treatment, Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc. which operates 12 residential substance abuse programs in New York State. In 2005 he joined Samaritan Village as a Case Manager and was promoted to AVP in 2015 where he oversees the “downstate” portfolio of its residential treatment programs. Prior to joining the agency, Harry spent nearly 30 years as a lawyer. Harry received his Juris Doctor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Master of Social Work, Hunter College, and is a Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor. He served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department for the SUNY College at Old Westbury, and in the Labor Studies Program at CUNY Queens College.


Aloysius “AJ” Joseph is the Director of Peer Services and International Training at Samaritan Daytop Village. AJ joined Daytop in New York in the 80s working as a speaker and counselor. In the late 90s, he became Daytop International’s Vice President as he provided training on the TC in more than 25 countries around the world. AJ has more than 25 years of experience training and providing technical assistance to government and non-government agencies in Asia and South America. His strong appreciation for multiculturalism allowed him to work with multi-sector agencies globally. AJ holds a Master’s degree in Human Services and is an Internationally Certified Life and Recovery Coach.


Phaedon Kaloterakis (MWS), is the Assistant Director of KETHEA, one of the largest drug treatment organizations in Europe. Phaedon has been involved with the addiction field since 1980 and is a much sought speaker at international conferences. He has published many scientific papers and lectures at various universities in Greece. Phaedon serves at the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (ICRC) Board and the Therapeutic Communities Journal’s International Editorial Advisory Group. He is the President of the European Federation of Therapeutic Communities (EFTC) and 2nd Vice President of the World Federation of Therapeutic Communities (WFTC). Phaedon is a scientific consultant of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).


Martin founded the Self Enhancement for Life Foundation (SELF) in 1992. Thus, began his passion to help others gain a second chance in life. Martin has devoted himself to the development and propagation of the TC and has co-authored several handbooks on its management. His initiative to share best practices led to the development of TC management courses. In 2013, SELF was designated as a TC Learning Center by the WFTC. Martin is the first president of the Federation of Therapeutic Communities in Asia (FTCA) and also serves the WFTC as its 4th Vice President. His dream of making SELF the “TC Training Hub in Asia by 2022” is underway with the recent Inauguration of the “Msgr. William O’Brien and Fr. Lambertus Somar Building” that will house the International Institute of Therapeutic Communities.


Dr. Munawar Fayyaz Sunny, Chairman Sunny Trust born in a small village of Sargodha, Pakistan on April 10, 1968. He started his education from his native town. He completed his Graduation from Govt. College of Sargodha and did his MD from Sri Lanka. He completed one year certificate courses in the following fields:Certificate in Public Health Administration, Certificate: Executive Manager in Clinical Psychology, Certificate in Forensic Psychology.  Undertook internship at Daytop Village Therapeutic Community, for the Treatment of Substance Abuse, New York, USA, 2011. He Completed trainings from Daytop Village, at Adult Fox Run Facility and contemporary substance abuse treatment modules in the following areas: Certificate: Anger Management, Certificate: Adult Children of Alcoholics ACOA/ACOA Group, Certificate: Criminal Lifestyle.

1st Federation of Therapeutic Communities (FTCA) Conference
“Treatment and Prevention in Asia: The Challenges Ahead”

Program of Activities

August 21

9:00 – 10:00 AM
Opening Ceremonies
10:00 – 10:30 SNACKS | Pavilion
10:30 – 12:00

“The Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual Nature of Addictive Disorders”


“Integrating Person-Centered Care in the TC”


12:00 – 1:30 PM LUNCH |Pavilion
1:30 – 3:00 “The Evolution of TCs: Back to the future”   PHAEDON KALOTERAKIS
3:00 – 3:30 SNACKS
3:30 – 5:00 “The TC Morning Meeting” ALOYSIUS JOSEPH
6:00 – 7:00 DINNER
7:30 – 9:00 Fellowship Program SELF Family

August 22

6:00 – 7:00 AM BREAKFAST
7:30 –  8:00
Pre-Morning Meeting ALOYSIUS JOSEPH
8:30 – 10:00 Morning Meeting ALOYSIUS JOSEPH
SELF Staff
10:00 – 10:30 SNACKS
10:30 – 12:00 “Contemporary TC Model for Asia” MARTIN INFANTE
12:00 – 1:30 PM LUNCH
1:30 – 3:00 “TC in Pakistan and Challenges” DR. MUNAWAR SUNNY
“New TC Era in Asia” HAFIZI HASUN
3:00 – 3:30 SNACKS

Target participants: Rehab practitioners, teachers, students, the clergy, and those engaged in the helping profession.
Venue: Msgr. William O’Brien & Fr. Lambertus Somar Building (International Institute for Therapeutic Communities (IITC) Training Center.
Address: SELF Taal View House, Talisay, Batangas, Philippines
Date: August 21-22, 2019
Registration Fee: Includes Room Accommodations, Meals and Airport Transfer.

  • Regular = $300
  • Student = $250

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