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Co-Occurring Disorders in relation to Substance Use Disorders

November 18, 2022 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm EST

Registration deadline November 4, 2022

Trainer: David A. Porter

David A. Porter is an LADC with 22 years clinical experience in a variety of settings including private practice, Community mental health clinics, a MAT (Medication Assisted treatment) Program and a program for the severely/chronically mentally ill. He also has 26 concurrent years’ experience teaching behavioral sciences (Psychology, Criminology, and Substance abuse) at four different colleges. He has written over 400 behavioral science, neuroscience, culinary articles and photo essays.


The majority of people who struggle with substance use disorder also meet diagnostic criteria for one or more other mental health challenges. As treatment methods for SUD continue to develop, it has become clear that substance use can not be treated in isolation from other mental health issues and vice-versa. This seminar will explore the implications of treating patients with co-occurring disorders, and review some of the unique challenges involved when working with such patients. We will explore the most common mental health challenges and review specific strategies for treating them in the presence of SUD.


9:00 – 9:30 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:30 – 10:00 – Definitions and context setting

10:00- 10:30 – Diagnoses: Terminology and Stigma

10:30- 10:45 – Break

10:45 – 11:00 – Practice Case #1

11:15 – 12:00 – Specific COD diagnosis details

12:00 – 12:15 Practice Case #2

12:15 – 12:30 – Closing remarks and questions

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this seminar, the attendee will be able to:

  • Define co-occurring disorders
  • Discuss the impact of co-occurring disorders in general on people with Substance Use Disorders
  • Speak about the specifics of various categories of co-occurring disorders and their interaction with SUD
    • Mood Disorders
    • Personality Disorders
    • Thought Disorders