Brief Interventions for Working with Clients with Dual Diagnosis

This two-day workshop aims to provide participants with a variety of brief interventions to use with clients with dual diagnosis (substance use and mental health issues). It provides a brief review of the different substances that may be used and some of the mental illnesses that are commonly experienced by general clients. It overviews the use and assessment of brief interventions. Several brief interventions useful with dual diagnosis clients will be workshopped including strategies to motivate participation, harm reduction, relapse prevention, stress management, crisis intervention and addressing negative thinking patterns

Learning objectives

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about brief interventions including assessment of individual need and monitoring of their effectiveness
  • Refresh and build on their knowledge of the types of substances used and mental illnesses in existence
  • Describe brief motivational interviewing techniques
  • Utilise various anxiety management strategies
  • Utilise brief cognitive behavioural strategies
  • Explore strategies to use with clients who are experiencing crisis situations
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