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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Concurrent Disorders

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Addictions (only if you are working towards the Addictions certificate).

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions certificate to take this course

This course has been approved for six core and six related CACCF continuing education hours.

May 1 and 2, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. |$275
Instructor: Stephanie Baker, PhD(c), RSW

The experiences of individuals living with concurrent disorders tend to be incredibly complex and differ from those who may be struggling with only one of these concerns. It is imperative to have a nuanced understanding of the ways in which mental health disorders and addiction issues co-exist in order to provide appropriate support and treatment. This two-day workshop examines the intersection of mental health disorders and addiction issues, with a focus on assisting participants in developing an increased awareness of concurrent disorders including how they are understood and detected, as well as which therapeutic approaches are best suited to effective treatment.

Learning objectives:
  • review the types of mental health disorders that have a strong co-morbidity rate with various addiction issues
  • critically examine theoretical underpinnings, assessments and interventions commonly used to address concurrent disorders 
  • explore current best practices in working with concurrent disorders
  • recognize the ways in which concurrent disorders impact vulnerable groups
  • develop a sensitive awareness of the oppression and stigma experienced by individuals and families living with concurrent disorder issue