Assessing & Treating Clients with Co-occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Conditions

Date: October 15, 2019
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location:  Show map WJCS Hartsdale Clinic
141 North Central Avenue
Hartsdale, NY
Email: [email protected]

Dates: 10/15/2019


Time:  12:00-4:00                   


Enrollment Limited To: 16                              Contact Hrs: 4                                               CEUs: 4


Clients seeking mental health treatment may also have a coexisting substance abuse problem. This may be apparent at intake or emerge during treatment.  Symptoms of one disorder are often mistaken for the other.  Treatment of individuals who present with co-occurring mental health and substance use issues can present a myriad of challenges for providers. Among the challenges faced by providers treating individuals with co-occurring conditions are: 1) recognizing substance use when it is present,; 2) completing appropriate assessment of a client’s substance use; 3) helping clients recognize the problematic nature of their use for the overall wellbeing; 4)determining what level of care is appropriate for the client; 5) selecting appropriate interventions to decrease substance use; and 6) helping clients reduce their risk for slips and relapses in their substance use and cope effectively with them when they occur.    This training will help providers to be more prepared for the challenges associated with providing treatment to such individuals. Providers will learn how to conduct an assessment of substance use, how to decide what level of treatment is appropriate for specific individuals, assess individuals’ readiness for change, apply evidenced-based approaches to increasing individuals’ motivation for change, assess the functional purposes and impacts of substance use, select and utilize appropriate treatments for individuals with co-occurring conditions, and help individuals reduce the impacts of relapse.


Method: Live, In-person - lecture, discussion, and role-play.


Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will understand the theoretical basis for co-occurring treatment, including stages of change, functional purposes of substance use, and complications caused with concurrent substance use and mental health conditions.
  • Participants will learn interventions aimed at increasing motivation to address substance use.
  • Participants will learn to evaluate the functional purposes of substance use and select appropriate interventions to address those purposes.


Instructors: William Mullane, Ph.D.


Locations: 141 North Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY


Cost: $200.00


Westchester Jewish Community Services is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW0067.

Please note: When the course is a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours. Partial credit will not be awarded for a program, even a one-day program if all requirements are not completed at that time.


Refund Policy: Refundable up to 2 weeks prior to start date.


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