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Co-Occurring Disorders Enhanced Professional Learning Series

The importance of identifying and addressing mental health issues in a substance use disorder treatment setting is essential to improving the overall outcomes for participants. Initiating early detection and intervention for those that have a co-occurring disorder is crucial and we now know that treatment works best if we are addressing both the substance use AND the mental health disorder during the treatment process. According to SAMHSA, the most effective dual diagnosis regimen treats both the mental illness and substance issues at the same time. This online learning series will provide 15 hours of instruction and will include blended activities of virtual online groups and self-study related to understanding and integrating Mental Health Disorder knowledge into the provision of Substance Use Disorder treatment. This will include interactive discussions, videos, performance based feedback, articles, and activities.


Every Thursday, Oct 24–Dec 12, 2019 from 10:00–11:30 am (MT) / 11:00 am–12:30 pm (CT)
No session on November 28, 2019 (Thanksgiving Day)


  • Learn foundational knowledge on core aspects of Mental Health Disorders.
  • Identify signs related to Mental Health Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Personality Disorders and their age of onset.
  • Understand the prevalence of Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Trauma and the implications in the treatment setting for those diagnosed with these and a SUD.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of Mental Health Disorders on the treatment and recovery process of SUDs for those diagnosed with both.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of screens that can be used in a treatment setting to identify mental health and Co-Occurring Disorders.
  • Identify at least three strategies towards integration that could be used in a SUD treatment care setting to improve outcomes by addressing mental health and SUD concurrently.
  • Identify at least two issues that can be addressed to increase competence of treatment providers in the area of Co-Occurring Disorders in a SUD treatment agency.
  • Identify risk factors and signs of Co-Occurring Disorders as well as tools used to identify these.
  • Understand the increased risk factors as well as warning signs for suicide for those diagnosed with a Co-Occurring Disorder.


  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC
Starts: Oct. 24, 2019 11:00 am
Ends: Nov. 19, 2019 12:30 pm
Registration Deadline
October 18, 2019
Event Type
Virtual TA Session
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