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Co-Occurring Disorders (COD)

The importance of identifying and addressing mental health issues in a substance use disorder treatment setting is essential to improving the overall outcomes for participants. Initiating early detection and intervention for those that have a co-occurring disorder is crucial and we now know that treatment works best if we are addressing both the substance use AND the mental health disorder during the treatment process. According to SAMHSA, the most effective dual diagnosis regimen treats both the mental illness and substance issues at the same time. This online learning series will provide 15 hours of instruction and will include blended activities of virtual online groups and self-study related to understanding and integrating Mental Health Disorder knowledge into the provision of Substance Use Disorder treatment. This will include interactive discussions, videos, performance based feedback, articles, and activities.


Every Tuesday, July 27 – Sept 7, 2021 from 1:00–2:30 pm (MT) / 2:00–3:30 pm (CT)


  • Learn foundational knowledge on core aspects of Mental Health Disorders.
  • Identify signs related to Mental Health Disorders such as Depression, Anxiety, Trauma and Personality Disorders and their age of onset.
  • Understand the prevalence of Mood Disorders, Anxiety, and Trauma and the implications in the treatment setting for those diagnosed with these and a SUD.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of Mental Health Disorders on the treatment and recovery process of SUDs for those diagnosed with both.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of screens that can be used in a treatment setting to identify mental health and Co-Occurring Disorders.
  • Identify at least three strategies towards integration that could be used in a SUD treatment care setting to improve outcomes by addressing mental health and SUD concurrently.
  • Identify at least two issues that can be addressed to increase competence of treatment providers in the area of Co-Occurring Disorders in a SUD treatment agency.
  • Identify risk factors and signs of Co-Occurring Disorders as well as tools used to identify these.
  • Understand the increased risk factors as well as warning signs for suicide for those diagnosed with a Co-Occurring Disorder.


  • Behavioral Health, Substance Use Disorders, and Recovery Service providers located in the Mountain Plains ATTC Region (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming)


  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize Zoom videoconferencing platform (internet connection, webcam, laptop/tablet, speakers and microphone)
  • Attend a one-hour online Orientation on July 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm (MT) / 2:00 pm (CT)
  • Commit to 6-weeks of online training for 1.5 hours weekly from Aug 3 – Sept 7, 2021
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities


  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC

THERE IS NO COST TO PARTICIPATE The first 35 registrants will receive a waiver that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others.

Please Note: Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the July 27 and August 3 sessions. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by August 10 in order to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills are required.

Continuing Education – The series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours (15 hours content instruction and one hour technology session) through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492. No credit will be awarded for non-attendance or partial attendance. 

The knowledge and skills learned should be applied within the framework of any applicable Operating and/or Credentialing regulations in your State of practice.

QUESTIONS: please contact the Workwise Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

ACCESSIBILITY: If any accommodations are needed, please contact us at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free). Requests should be made as soon as possible and preferably at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.

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