Event » 2024, April 23 & 25- Co-Occurring Disorders: An Overview of Prevalence, Assessment, Client Engagement, and Treatment Interventions

  • Start Date: 4/23/2024
  • End Date: 4/25/2024
  • Registration Start Time: 8:15 AM
  • Hosted By: CIBHS
  • Group Rate Cutoff Date: 4/23/2024

Event Description:

Co-Occurring Disorders: An Overview of Prevalence, Assessment, Client Engagement, and Treatment Interventions


An Interactive Virtual Workshop that Creates Space for Practice and Development of Practical Skills



Trainer: Darla Belflower, LCSW


 April 23 & 25, 2024
9:00am to 12:00pm PT


The lifetime prevalence rate for the development of a substance use disorder (SUD) among individuals diagnosed with a mental illness varies across studies, with many variables at play, such as the way SUD and mental illness are defined.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) latest statistics state there are approximately 9.2 million adults in the US that have a co-occurring disorder. For individuals who have co-occurring disorders there is an increase in severity of the symptoms, a lower rate of treatment adherence, higher rates of dropping out of treatment, increased risk of suicide, and greater risk of relapse. This workshop will provide education regarding the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, assessment tools for this population, strategies for engagement, and treatment interventions for people who have a diagnosis of co-occurring disorders.


Why should you attend?

  1. Direct care staff are often well versed in treating behavioral health disorders at the exclusion of SUDs or treat SUDs in isolation of other significant behavioral health concerns such as major depression, trauma, and anxiety. This workshop brings home the wholistic approach of treating the whole person as they present.
  2. Fragmented treatment of only one disorder often leads to poor outcomes and high dropout rates
  3. Those seeking treatment have a much better chance of healing and recovery with an integrated treatment approach that leads to meaningful goals that are important to the individual seeking help.

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Participants will be able to identify at least two risk factors for co-occurring disorders when screening for COD and determining the need for further evaluation and diagnosis in the clinical setting.
  2. Participants will be able to explain at least one reason why the best practice of treating co-occurring disorders is integrated treatment and at least one alternative way to proceed if that best practice of integrated treatment is not possible in the clinical setting. 
  3. Participants will be able to apply the six dimensions of the ASAM assessment to guide service planning and treatment in the clinical setting.
  4. Participants will be able to explain how to stage clients using the stages of change and identify what interventions to implement based on that stage when working with clients with COD.
  5. Participants will be able specify appropriate use of the Motivational Interviewing Tool, Readiness, Importance, and Confidence Ruler, as well as prepare two questions to elicit change talk when working with clients with COD.
  6. Participants will be able to explain what cultural competency looks like and why it is essential when working with clients with co-occurring disorders.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about co-occurring disorders that will walk you through assessment, engagement, and treatment with the client in the center of directing their own treatment





5.5 Continuing Education Credits


Psychologists :  Psychologists - APA: California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


Course meets the qualifications for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences; and CIBHS is an approved provider for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) to sponsor continuing education for Behavioral health professionals including clinicians, addiction counselors, case managers, supervisors, peers, and managers. CIBHS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

CCAPP: CIBHS is an approved provider for California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) continuing education units (Provider number 5-98-408-0824).

CADTP: CIBHS is an approved provider for California Association of DUI Treatment Programs (CADTP) continuing education credits. CIBHS maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. (Provider number 240)




All activities in this training are offered for continuing education credit excluding any breaks. CE Certificates of Completion will be emailed within two weeks of processing your completed online evaluation.



For questions, comments, or grievances about this CE course content or delivery, or to request special accommodations, please email Theresa Ferrini at tferrini@cibhs.org


Cancellations for continuing education must be received in writing within 48 hours after the first day of the training to receive a refund. All refunds will be subject to a $10.00 administration fee.




There is no known commercial support for this webinar.





Packages Available for Registration

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