It is often a challenge to address co-occurring substance use and mental disorders in the same treatment setting. The challenge begins with the assessment process. Assessment and treatment for co-occurring substance use problems, mental illnesses, personality disorders, and medical issues must be considered the rule of practice, not the exception.
An estimated 10.7 million Americans of all ages have co-occurring disorders in any given year. They are likely to be hospitalized twenty times more often than persons with only substance use diagnoses, and five times more than those with mental diagnoses alone. Persons with these disorders also experience a high rate of medical problems, leading many to present in primary care settings. Disorders may go undiagnosed and untreated if proper assessment and symptom identification is not conducted by trained substance use, mental health, or medical professionals.
Dr. Patterson will provide participants with the latest information and evidenced-based approaches for treating co-occurring substance use and mental disorders. The advantages and steps of integrated assessment, including a “no wrong door” approach, will be explored. Participants will gain techniques to identify presenting issues that may indicate a co-occurring or differential diagnosis, including medical issues and personality disorders. Treatment modalities and evidence-based strategies for use in daily practice will be presented, including assessment challenges that may lead to misdiagnosis.
Insight into when referral is most appropriate will be discussed, along with the ethical implications of practice situations that challenge a clinician’s scope of training. Participants will leave this seminar with tips and tools that will guide clients in preventing relapse and successfully managing recovery from co-occurring disorders.
At the end of this training, participants will be able to:
– Relate the importance of assessing for both substance use and mental disorders
– Examine the 12-step assessment process
– Identify commonly co-occurring medical problems that impact, are caused by, or are exacerbated by mental and substance use issues
– Compare at least 3 evidence-based practices for working with persons who have co-occurring disorders
– Explain considerations in differential diagnoses
– Determine scope of practice considerations in working with co-occurring disorders
About the Speaker:
Frances Patterson, PHD, LADAC, MAC, BCPC, CCJAS, QSAP, QCS, owner of Footprints Consulting Services, LLC, has worked as a clinician and program administrator in treatment programs in Virginia and Tennessee for nearly 28 years and has been a supervisor for almost 25 years. She is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and Qualified Clinical Supervisor in Tennessee, and a board certified professional counselor and Diplomat with the American Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Patterson is a Masters Addictions Counselor and Qualified Substance Abuse Professional through the National Association of Addictions Professionals (NAADAC), where she chairs the clinical issues committee, serves on the ethics committee, is a member of the Trainers Academy, and is an approved NAADAC trainer.
In 2005 Dr. Patterson was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award by the Tennessee Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors, and in 2006 she received the Mel Schulstad award, NAADAC’s national Professional of the Year award. She has conducted professional training locally, statewide and nationally for more than 20 years on addictions, mental health and professional counseling issues to a variety of disciplines.
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