About the Co-occurring Disorder course

The Co-occurring Disorders online course is available to NASW members from June through the end of 2017*. The course will open to all NYS social workers and CASACs in September.
*If you are part of the NASW research cohort which began the course on June 5, the course will be open to you only until September 5.

Course Goals and Objectives. . .

Goals: Participants will gain an understanding of Co-occurring Disorders: definition, typical mental health disorders, typical substance use disorders and the prevalence of co-occurrence. Participants will understand Stages of Change, recommended assessment measures and treatment strategies for both early and later stages of change for those with co-occurring disorders. Participants will gain an understanding of applicable assessment and treatment skills through modeling, available in video clinical scenarios.

Objectives:

Objective 1. Participants will understand a definition of co-occurring disorders, their prevalence and two theories of their etiology.
Objective 2. Participants will understand the global impact of co-occurring disorders.
Objective 3. Participants will understand and be able to explain two Stages of Readiness for Change
Objective 4. Participants will be able to identify 3 Mental health disorders currently in the DSM 5.
Objective 5. Participants will be able to identify symptoms of the most common substance use disorders.
Objective 6. Participants will understand and be able to explain the treatment processes that are suggested modes of treatment for those with co-occurring disorders in the early stages of change. They will understand and be able to identify 1 assessment measure for co-occurring disorders.
Objective 7. Participants will understand and be able to explain the treatment processes that are suggested modes of treatment for those with co-occurring disorders in the later stages of change.

Timed Agenda: Self-paced course, approximately 6 hours

Course Agenda

I. Definition and Etiology of Co-Occurring Disorders.5 hours
II. Prevalence and Global Impact .5 hour
III. Stages of Readiness for Change .5 hour
IV. Processes for COD Early Change stages: Discussion, modeling of interventions, treatment strategies for dealing with early decision-making stages of Co-Occurring Disorders 1.0 hour
V. Mental Health Diagnoses 1.0 hour
VI. Substance Use Disorder Diagnoses 1.0 hour
VII. Co-Occurrence of symptomatology between MH and SUD disorders .5 hour
VII. Discussion and modeling of intervention and treatment strategies for dealing with the later decision-making stages of Co-Occurring Disorders 1.0 hour