See NOTES on this page for specifics of state and license restrictions. The term “Co-Occurring Disorders” describes the simultaneous existence of a Mental Health (MH) Disorder and a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), more complicated to diagnose and treat than either Mental Health or Substance Use Disorders alone. Many treatment strategies useful for either disorder, like Motivational Interviewing skills or Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, can be used successfully with clients with Co-Occurring Disorders.  Read more about the research basis of the trainings here. . .

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Course Goals and Objectives. .  .

Goals: Participants will gain an understanding of Co-occurring Disorders:  definition, typical Mental Health disorders, typical Substance Use Disorders and the prevalence of co-occurrence. Participants will understand Stages of Change, recommended assessment measures and treatment strategies for both early and later stages of change for those with Co-occurring Disorders.  Participants will gain an understanding of applicable assessment and treatment skills through modeling, available in video clinical scenarios.

Objectives: 
1. Participants will understand a definition of Co-occurring Disorders, their prevalence and two theories of their etiology.
2. Participants will understand the global impact of Co-occurring Disorders.
3. Participants will understand and be able to explain two Stages of Readiness for Change
4. Participants will be able to identify 3 Mental Health disorders currently in the DSM 5.
5. Participants will be able to identify symptoms of the most common Substance Use Disorders.
6. Participants will understand and be able to explain the treatment processes that are suggested modes of treatment for those with Co-occurring Disorders in the early Stages of Change. They will understand and be able to identify 1 assessment measure for Co-occurring Disorders.
7. Participants will understand and be able to explain the treatment processes that are suggested modes of treatment for those with Co-occurring Disorders in the later Stages of Change.

Timed Agenda: Self-paced course, approximately 6 hours

NOTES:   NY State has authorized 6 credits for LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHCs who take this training.  Registrants should note that only 1/3 of contact hours needed  for NY clinicians can come from web coursework. NYS OASAS has authorized 6 credits for re-credentialing CASACs who take this training. NASW has authorized 6 credits for NASW members who take this training. Some states (NY, MI, WVa, NJ, ID, OR) do not recognize NASW national approval.