CMH682 - Concurrent Disorders

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Subject Title
Concurrent Disorders

Subject Description
Service providers are increasingly seeing more people who experience both issues of addictions and mental health issues or diagnoses termed concurrent disorders.  This course provides students with an opportunity to understand the interconnections between addictions and mental health problems, the unique features of each and the complexity concurrent disorders present for intervention, support, and treatment in the community. From a bio-psycho-social-spiritual framework, students explore current practices, intervention skills, and best practice guidelines for supporting concurrent disorders in the community.

Credit Status
One credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Describe how co-occurring substance abuse and mental health problems relate to and affect each other
  2. Practice intervention and support skills for working effectively with clients with concurrent disorders
  3. Integrate trauma-informed practice skills into concurrent disorders support and community treatment through case studies and discussion 
  4. Plan for effective community intervention with people with concurrent disorders
  5. Integrate support and intervention for family members of people with concurrent disorders

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Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

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