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ATTC Publications and Trainings Relating to Co-Occurring Disorders

Assessment of Substance Related and Mental Health Disorders
This course is to provide students with basic knowledge about the feature, including similarities and differences, of abuse and dependence of various substances. Students will learn how to make adequate DSM-IV diagnoses of the same disorders; learn to use different instruments for assessing substance related disorders; learn to differentiate symptoms of different kinds of disorders and corresponding treatments; learn to use the Patient Criteria for Treatment of Substance-Related Disorders; and learn to write reports based on their assessment of the clients. Visit the Prairielands ATTC Web site for more information.

Dual Diagnosed Treatment: A M.A.P. to Recovery
The ATTC of New England (New England) has developed a number of online courses relating to co-occurring disorders. Dual Diagnosed Treatment: A M.A.P. (Motivation, Awareness and Practice) to Recovery introduces specific treatment approaches representing integrated treatment for persons suffering from emotional and addictive disorders. The course explores key factors in the recovery process including methods for improving motivation, raising awareness levels and skills training. Click here for more information.

In addition to this training, New England offers Dual Diagnosed Treatment: A M.A.P. to Recovery – Advanced Practices. This course expands upon information covered in the training described above. Specifically, participants examine the advantages of integrated treatment, explore best practices and discuss potential scenarios that could represent “treatment failure loops.” To obtain a course schedule, contact New England at 401-863-6486 or visit

Addiction Messenger
The Northwest Frontier ATTC has three issues of the Addiction Messenger that focus on co-occurring disorders. These publications can be accessed online at

An Eco-Systemic Addiction and Mental Health Treatment Model: A Training Module
This training module from the Northeast ATTC (Northeast) presents an ecological treatment model for multi-diagnosed patients and their families who present with complex medical, addictive, psychiatric and psychosocial problems. This innovative treatment approach bridges core medical, psychiatric, social work, nursing and recovery principals, beliefs and strategies. The curriculum includes handouts, worksheets, overheads, outlines and a training manual. Contact Northeast for more information at 866-246-5344 or visit

Co-Occurring Resource Disc
The Northeast ATTC along with The Department of Public Welfare, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) and the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center (NeATTC), Institute for Research, Education and Training in Addictions (IRETA), are pleased to bring you this new resource in co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders! Visit to order.

Co-Occurring Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders in Adolescents
This Trainers’ Manual for a two-day course entitled Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents: Integrating Approaches for Assessment and Treatment of the Individual Young Person was developed by the Division of Behavioral Healthcare Education, Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine with support from the Northeast Addiction Technology Transfer Center. The primary author is Taylor B. Anderson, MSW, LSW, CPRP, with input and assistance from Donna N. McNelis, PhD. Paula Riggs, MD, Associate Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado provided expert consultation in her role as Senior Advisor for the training manual. Visit

Train-the-Trainer on Mentally Ill Substance Abuse Consortium Curriculum
A Train-the-Trainer manual for treatment providers serving clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. The manual is based on the training and competency requirements created by the Pennsylvania Mentally Ill Substance Abuser (MISA) Consortium convened by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services and the Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs. Visit

Handouts from the Gulf Coast ATTC
The Gulf Coast ATTC (Gulf Coast) provides a number of free handouts relating to dual disorders. They include:

  • Assessment and Treatment of Clients with Dual Disorders/Substance Abuse and Mental Illness
  • Dual Diagnosis, Integrated Treatment Models, Cost and Managed Care
  • Pharmacology of Dual Disorders
  • Dual Disorders: Screening and Assessment - A syllabus
  • A bibliography on Dual Diagnosis

For more information, contact Gulf Coast by calling 512-232-0616 or visiting

Dual Diagnosis and the DSM-IV Categories
This curriculum package from the Pacific Southwest ATTC (Pacific Southwest) provides a comparison of diagnostic categories for mental health and substance use disorders and an introduction to assessment. Contact Pacific Southwest at 866-892-3724 or visit

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To access additional online trainings relating to co-occurring disorders, visit This site, hosted by the ATTC, is an international reference for addictions-related distance education opportunities. Once at the site, search course topics for co-occurring disorders, dual diagnosis and other related terms.

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