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The coexistence of both a mental health and a substance use disorder is referred to as a co-occurring disorder (COD). According to SAMHSA, among the 20.2 million adults in the U.S. who experience a substance use disorder (SUD), a majority also have a co-occurring mental illness. The importance of identifying and addressing both mental health issues and a substance use disorder regardless of the treatment settings is necessary to improve the overall outcomes for participants. Initiating early detection and intervention for those that have a co-occurring disorder is crucial. And, according to SAMHSA’s TIP #42- Substance Use Disorder Treatment for People with Co-Occurring Disorders, the most effective dual diagnosis regimen treats both the mental illness and substance issues at the same time.

This online Enhanced Professional Learning (EPL) series will provide 15 hours of instruction and will include blended activities in virtual online groups and self-study related to understanding and integrating Mental Health Disorder and SUD prevention, assessment, and treatment. This will include interactive discussions, videos, performance-based feedback, articles, and activities. Topics will include such areas as screening, signs and symptoms, ASAM criteria, scope of practice, and referral resources.


Every Wednesday, July 10 – August 21, 2024 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 10, 2024 at 1:00 pm (MT) / 2:00 pm (CT)
  • Commit to 6-weeks of online training for 1.5 hours weekly from July 17 – August 21, 2024
  • Complete weekly self-study learning activities


  • Christina Boyd, LSCSW, LCAC


The first 35 registrants will receive a waiver that covers the entire $550 cost of participation. When the 35 waivers have been filled, the series registration will close. 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 required to attend the orientation and first sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your attendance. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by week 1 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. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this online training series opportunity to others.  Registration is not transferable. 

Continuing Education:

The series has been approved for a total of 15 contact hours (14 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

ACCESSIBILITY: If any accommodations are needed, please contact us at Requests should be made as soon as possible and preferably at least two weeks prior to the scheduled event.

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