Co-Occurring Disorders for Addiction Professionals

COM HLT X 470.8

In preparation of being an addiction professional, this course focuses on terminology, knowledge, and issues of the mental health field and substance use disorders.

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What you will learn.

  • Evaluate alcohol and drug symptoms, which often mimic psychiatric symptoms
  • Focus on co-occuring disorders as a result of psychiatric diagnosis given alongside the primary diagnosis of substance abuse
  • Familiarize yourself with the terminology of the mental health field, substance abuse, and dependence

About this course:

Substance use disorders (SUDs) affect many aspects of a person’s life including their mental health, physical health, social relationships, vocational endeavors, and more. We also know that many clients in treatment for SUDs also have a co-occurring mental health disorder. Providers need to understand the interconnected nature of co-occurring disorders (CODs) in order to provide effective treatment and target interventions to the client’s needs. The SUD treatment professional must be familiar with basic terminology and issues of the mental health field in addition to knowledge of substance use disorders. This course will introduce the epidemiology, prevalence, and science of CODs. Students will learn how to conceptualize co-occurring mental health, substance use, and physical health disorders and how their interaction affects screening, assessment, and treatment. The course will describe common mental health disorders that frequently co-occur with substance use, including depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders. The course will also describe treatment considerations including multidimensional screening, assessment, treatment planning, and an overview of evidence-based practices for CODs, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Medication Assisted Treatments, and integrated behavioral health interventions.  

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