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This course provides fundamental knowledge about co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Designed for professionals and paraprofessionals working in the behavioral health field and/or with individuals with co-occurring disorders (COD), the course is comprised of nine learning modules, each covering a core competency area:

  1. People with Co-Occurring Disorders: Descriptions and Definitions
  2. Treatment and Recovery Philosophies
  3. Substance Use Disorders
  4. Overview of Mental Health Conditions and Terminology
  5. Principles for Integrated Treatment
  6. Screening and Assessment Skills and Process
  7. Intervention, Motivation, and Treatment Strategies
  8. Assessing Our Own Attitudes, Motivation, and Health
  9. Family, Peer, and Natural Supports

How it Works

Within each of the nine modules, each lesson offers exercises, web resources to explore, and a learning integration self-test. There are references and resources for each module, as well as an online resource list. Certificates will be issued upon completion of all module materials, including a final quiz (which must be passed with a score of at least 80%) and an evaluation.

Learning Objectives

At the end of Module 7, participants will be able to:

  • Identify communication skills that support a therapeutic alliance
  • Evaluate where the consumer is in their stage of change, and identify the types of interventions and strategies that match that stage
  • Identify mechanisms that support change
  • Name some ways in which the helper can avoid triggering unproductive defensive reactions in the engagement and treatment process
  • Name tenets of motivational interviewing
  • List some of the interventions that can be used in active treatment phase
  • Assess the relevance of multiple treatment episodes in the recovery process
  • Describe basic approaches for helping people dealing with relapse
  • List the basic principles and benefits of supported employment
  • Identify ways of engaging multiple systems and treatment interventions to support the recovering consumer and family

Contact Hours

Certificates will be issued upon completion of an online course evaluation.
No partial credit will be given.

  • 2 Category I contact hours for Psychologists are provided.
    CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
  • 2 contact hours for CHES.
    CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
  • Certificate of completion for 2 contact hours for Social Workers, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors, and other Professionals.

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