Course Overview

This training meets the Michigan Department of Community Health certification requirement for this topic area. Treating Co-Occurring Disorders: Principles of Successful Treatment provides basic information on working with persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder diagnoses. An emphasis is placed on creating a welcoming environment and completing strengths-based assessments using Stages of Change. This course will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete and would be appropriate for NBCC, QMHP.

  • Duration: 2.5 hours
  • Credit Hours: MCBAP-R (0.0), MCBAP-S (2.5), Mi-CEC (0.0), Nursing (0.0)

Topics Covered

Defining Co-Occurring Disorders

This course has been designed to provide a in-depth explanation of Co-Occurring Disorders including examples of common co-occurring disorders that you may come across, possible symptoms and warning signs to be aware of with your clients. 

The Complexity of Co-Occurring Disorders and Your Clients

Because Co-Occurring Disorders are some of the more complex disorders that direct care workers come across, this course aims to provide a deeper look into what makes these disorders difficult to treat. Participants will also gain an understanding of how your clients' specific life or environmental situations can greatly affect their disorder and treatment. 

Best Practices for Treatment

This course will provide evidence-based best practices for providing treatment to clients with co-occurring disorders. It is important to note that this course is not the only sources of educational information and we recommend further education regarding treating co-occurring disorders. 

Additional Considerations

Course Objectives

  • Understanding the definition of Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Defining and understanding Co-Occurring Families and the roles that they play to your clients.
  • Understanding how complexity plays into your clients' lives.
  • Best practices for helping those complex clients may be facing more severe behavioral problems.


What People Are Saying

The course gave me a better understanding of the difficulties consumers endure concerning the stigma and prejudice of dealing with a mental illness.

- Rick L.