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.
- 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.
- 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.