A Tea Party in Wonderland – skills for the many facets of mental health and substance use work

Studies on co-existing mental health and substance use problems, often referred to as comorbidity or dual diagnosis, is acknowledged to be widespread. Such problems are much more common in people receiving treatment for either a mental health or a substance use disorder with rates being estimated as between 30-90% depending on the  variables measured. With this in mind, workers dealing with either client group need to be more mindful of the potential complexity of difficulties these clients experience.

This one-day course is for workers from various fields who want to increase their knowledge and skills in dealing with clients with both substance use problems and mental illness. It aims to provide an overview of both substance use and mental disorders, equip participants to conduct initial screenings using evidence based tools as well as providing a summary of brief interventions.

 Learning objectives:

Participants can expect to cover the following topic areas:

  • A summary of substance use, mental illness and co-existing mental health and substance use problems
  • General psychopharmacology including drug classification
  • The use of screening tools and service delivery approaches
  • An overview of brief interventions utilised with this client group such as harm reduction, motivational interviewing and psychoeducation
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