Dual Diagnosis — Substance Misuse and Mental Health

Individuals with severe mental health conditions such as Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and/or other affective disorders are at increased risk of co-occurring substance misuse issues, suffering from complex, multiple needs and vulnerabilities. 30-40% of people with severe mental health problems experience co-occurring substance misuse disorders and outcomes for this group are significantly poorer than the general population.

Course outline

Delegates will:

  • Increase their confidence and ability to provide a safe, informed and effective service that will meet the diverse needs of individual service users with co-occurring mental health and substance misuse disorders.
  • Gain an understanding of how a trauma informed approach can support both practitioners and clients alike.
  • Understand how to establish a multi-agency approach that identifies and meets the needs of individuals who live with Dual Diagnosis.

Learning outcomes

  • Introduction and scope.
  • Assessment and screening.
  • Aetiology of co-occurring substance misuse and severe mental health.
  • Understanding the needs of dual-diagnosis service users.
  • Trauma informed approach to Dual Diagnosis.
  • Care co-ordination - assertive outreach and multi-agency working.
  • Identifying and meeting needs.
  • Coping with crisis.
  • Living with Dual Diagnosis.
  • Getting treatment in an emergency.

Maximum numbers



Two days

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