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Dr. Igor Koutsenok


​Dr. Igor Koutsenok is a Professor of Practice in Psychiatry. He graduated as a medical doctor in 1983 at the National Medical University in Kiev, (Ukraine). In 1986 he completed his psychiatry residency training and received degree as psychiatrist from the Medical University in Sofia (Bulgaria). In 1993-1996 he worked at the University of London, Department of Addictive Behavior and Psychological Medicine at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, where he completed his Masters Degree in Addiction Psychiatry. In 1997 he was recruited by the University of California San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and since then he serves as faculty member of the Department. Presently he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the UCSD Center for Criminality and Addiction Research, Training and Application (CCARTA), Co-Director of the South East Asia Addiction Technology Transfer Center and Director of the UCSD-Second Chance Collaborative Behavioral Interventions Program. In 2013 he was appointed as Director of Prevention, Treatment, and Rehabilitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, United Nations Office in Vienna, and served the UN until 2016, when he returned to the UCSD. Over the last 20 years Dr. Koutsenok led the design and implementation of the Workforce Development Training series for substance abuse counselors, mental health practitioners, social workers and criminal justice professionals in California and multiple states of the United States. He was the UCSD FACT (Forensic Addiction Treatment Certification) Board of Education Director. Dr. Koutsenok served as of the trainers for the National Drug Court Institute in the USA and provided training and education for judges and members of the judicial system nationwide and internationally. Dr. Koutsenok is also a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT). For many years Dr. Koutsenok teaches general and addiction psychiatry to medical students, psychiatry residents, psychology trainees, social workers, criminal justice professionals, and policy makers around the world. He has authored and co-authored over 50 scientific publications and 5 book chapters. Dr. Koutsenok has been invited as a presenter and trainer to hundreds of conferences and workshops in the USA and in more than 40 countries around the world.

Meetings for SOAP are held at the La Jolla Village Square’s Community Room. The Room is located on the lower level of the shopping Center next to the AMC Movie Theater’s box office.

There are two areas to park: outdoors and underground. The outdoor parking can get rather full. We suggest that you aim for the indoor covered parking which is usually wide open during our meeting hours, plus it is cooler in the summer and dry during rainy season. Access to the underground parking is slightly tricky the first time you go, yet if you know where to look, it’s relatively easy. Once you enter the shopping center from Nobel Drive you will notice California Pizza Kitchen on your left and Islands Restaurant on your right. Just past Islands you will notice a right turn lane for people who are heading to Ralphs and Trader Joes. Don’t turn there, keep going straight. In about 30 feet and you will see a ramp to the right leading down to the lower lot. There will be a sign at the entrance to this ramp that clearly lets you know that this is the path to the additional underground parking. Just follow it down all the way to the far end where you will see a glass door entrance to the shopping center with a sign for the AMC Theater. That’s your entrance to the mall that leads to the Community Room which can be found immediately to the right of the AMC Movie Theater’s box office.

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