Effective Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

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Effective Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment

June 13 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm CDT

The majority of clients with substance use disorders have a concurrent mental illness. Compared with clients with a single diagnosis of substance use disorders or mental illness, those with co-occurring disorders experience more relapses, hospitalizations, arrests, evictions, suicide attempts and actual suicides. When co-occurring disorders are unaddressed, clients are vulnerable to “slipping through the cracks.”

Topics covered in this skill building workshop include: how substance use disorders and mental illness interact with each other for clients with co-occurring disorders; the challenge of misdiagnosis and over diagnosis; six hidden psychiatric disorders common among clients with substance use disorders; effective integrated co-occurring disorders treatment; evidence based co-occurring disorders treatment and stage-based interventions; how to help clients with co-occurring disorders avoid slipping through the cracks.

Objectives: By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

  • Articulate 7 ways substance use disorders and mental illness interact for clients with co-occurring disorders
  • Discuss strategies to address misdiagnosis
  • Describe 6 hidden psychiatric disorders which can lead to relapse
  • Utilize the components of integrated co-occurring disorders treatment
  • Articulate 3 evidence-based approaches to co-occurring disorders treatment
  • Describe how to work with clients with co-occurring disorders from a stage-based perspective


Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, West Indies, and Guam. Mark is the author of five books, which focus on behavioral health. Recent writings include Slipping through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients Multiple Addictions and Disorders, Recovery Management: and Relationship Detox: Helping Clients Develop Healthy Relationships in Recovery. He has had two stories published in the New York Times best-selling books series, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Mark has been a certified addictions counselor for 34 years. He has received numerous awards including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Illinois Addiction Counselor Certification Board, the NAADAC prestigious Enlightenment Award, 2 the Barbara Bacon Award for outstanding contributions to the Social Work profession as a Loyola University of Chicago Alumni. Mark is co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery high school in Illinois. He is past president of the board of the Illinois Chapter of NAADAC. He has had a 30-year career as a university educator having taught at the University of Chicago, Illinois State University, Illinois School of Professional Psychology, and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Social Work.



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