Meeting the Needs of Patients with Co-Occuring Disorders: Skills for Counselors

  • Joan E. Zweben, PhD, University of California, San Francisco & EBCRP, Berkeley, CA

This workshop is intended to acquaint new counselors with key elements of treatment for people with co-occurring disorders and provide an update for existing counselors, including a brief review of research evidence supporting certain approaches. The workshop will begin with brief comments on the epidemiology of co-occurring disorders, barriers to addressing them, and how untreated psychiatric conditions affect recovery and quality of life. The basic principles for distinguishing between substance-induced symptoms and independent disorders, as well as a focus on disorders common in opioid dependent patients, such as anxiety disorders (especially PTSD), and mood disorders (especially depression), will be discussed. We will also review screening and assessment of suicide risk from the perspective of agency protocols as well as the roleĀ of the counselor.

*Foundations of MAT

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