This is a one day course that focuses on drug use and mental health (dual diagnosis). This course aims to provide information on how drugs, alcohol and mental health issues interrelate and how to work effectively with this client group.
Mental health and drug and alcohol use poses many challenges for professionals. Workers may feel unskilled or unable to provide adequate support in dealing with this complex area, with services often in disagreement in what are causing the problems.
Overview / statistics
What is dual diagnosis?
How does dual diagnosis develop with young people and adults?
Psychiatric information & brain development
Assessing the impact of drugs on mental health
Substance use and the effects of trauma in adolescents and adults
Medication, Support & Treatment
Aims and objectives
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
Examine terminology and how different terms alter their meaning depending on your work role
List ways in which patterns of substance use can impact on a client’s mental health
Describe how illegal drugs may negatively affect mood and emotional states
Review and develop working protocols, information sharing and referral pathways
Workers in contact with mental health clients using illegal drugs
Community Mental Health Teams
Drug and alcohol workers
General Practitioners, Practice Nurses, Accident and Emergency Staff
Social Workers, Supported Housing Workers, Probation Staff
Drug & alcohol national occupational standards
AA1: Recognise indications of substance misuse
AB2: Support individuals who are substance users
MH2: Enable people with mental health needs to access and benefit from a service