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Integrating Treatment for Co-occurring Disorders: Myths, Realities and Effective Approaches to Care

October 28 @ 9:00 am 12:30 pm EDT

Registration deadline: October 18, 2021


This half-day webinar is a skill-based training that focuses on understanding, referring, and treating individuals who have co-occurring disorders. This webinar outlines the many myths related to mental illness treatment, barriers to effective care of co-occurring disorders, commonly encountered mental disorders, DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, issues surrounding medication management, and coordination with other mental health professionals.  This workshop will also introduce the integrated model of mental health and addiction treatment services, providing an overview of utilizing current substance use disorder and mental health treatment best practices. The webinar will be interactive and comprise a combination of didactic presentations, class discussions, and experiential exercises.


9:00 am – 10:00 am

  • Welcome, Introductions, & Expectations
  • Misconceptions and Biases about Co-occurring Disorders

Break 10:00 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 11:15 am

  • Common Mental Health Disorders that Co-occur with Substance Use Disorders
  • Case Studies

Break 11:15 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

  • Common Mental Health Disorders and Case Studies (Continued)
  • The Integrated Model of COD Treatment
  • Screening, Assessment, and Evidence-based Practices

Adjourn: 12:30 pm

 Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify common misperceptions and biases regarding co-occurring disorders.
  2. Recognize and screen for the most frequent disorders that co-occur with substance use disorders.
  3. Integrate substance use disorder and mental health referral services within the scope of one’s practice.
  4. Translate information presented to clients, families, colleagues and the community.

Trainer: Dr. Tom Durham is an experienced clinician, curriculum developer and educator/trainer with specialties in addictions, co-occurring disorders, supervision and leadership. He has coordinated and provided technical assistance, training and consultation, both nationally and internationally, for a variety of organizations. Current experience includes consultation, clinical supervision, and training on supervision, leadership and other clinical topics with clinical supervisors for Phoenix House of New England, a multi-site healthcare treatment system. Previous experience included Director of Training at NAADAC – the Association for Addiction Professionals; Executive Director of The Danya Institute, a training program for addiction counselors; and management of system-wide program of on-the-job training and supervision for US Navy and Marine Corps addiction counselors. He has also served as an adjunct professor of psychology and addiction studies at several colleges and universities.

3 Credits: NAADAC CU’s are approved; Social Worker CE’s and Allied MH CE’s pending