Course Agenda

    1. Instructions

    1. Pretest Instructions

    2. Pretest

    1. Course Overview

    1. Introducing Co-Occurring Disorders

    2. Print Posttest Study Guide

    1. The Lexicon of Co-Occurring Disorders

    2. Required Video: The Answers—What Does It Mean to Have a Dual Diagnosis? (1:06 minutes)

    3. Person-Centered Terminology

    4. Required Video: Changing the Stigma of Mental Health and Addiction (12:01 minutes)

    1. Epidemiological Research Findings

    2. Optional Reference Material: Chart of Psychiatric Comorbidities

About this course

  • $54.00
  • 55 lessons

Course Details

Course Description

This course reviews the nature of co-occurring disorders, their assessment, and treatment. Co-occurring disorders (COD) generally involve a combination of at least one substance use disorder (SUD) and at least one non-substance-related mental disorder. Individuals who have complex combinations of diagnosable conditions tend to experience more severe symptoms, greater dysfunction, increased suicide risk, and poorer treatment outcomes compared with those who have only a single condition. This course is designed to support any clinician, regardless of specialty, in developing an improved awareness and understanding of COD, as well as some competence in screening, assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with COD. To complete the content, participants access online content that includes three case vignettes, two interactive reader exercises, and instructional material and view four short, web-based video clips, before passing the online posttest with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.

Target Audience

This course is designed for behavioral health practitioners seeking to enrich their understanding of how to effectively address the needs of clients who present with both substance-related disorders and primary mental disorders, regardless of the type of behavioral health or social services setting in which the individual is being served. The course is especially relevant for practitioners engaged in integrated care and coordinated care services in conjunction with other service providers.

Learning Objectives

After completing the course content, readers will be able to do the following:

  • Identify the impact of co-occurring disorders (COD) on an individual’s well-being, functioning, and treatment outcomes, and risk factors that are highly correlated with COD.
  • Identify key elements necessary to screen, assess, and diagnose COD.
  • Identify DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorders, in addition to other mental disorders that are typical for this population.
  • Identify effective therapeutic interventions and strategies for individuals with COD, in addition to identifying key reasons that an integrated model of treatment is most effective.
  • Identify the key elements of mutual self-help programs and groups for clients with COD.

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