Critical information about treating cooccuring mental health and substance use disorders. Presentation.


  • Course Description

    What does ‘Co-occurring Disorders’ mean? This course provides a definition of the term as well as an understanding of the unique challenges faced by persons who have both a mental health and substance use disorder. An overview of mental health diagnostic designations will be presented and data on the prevalence of substance use disorders will also be provided. The similarities and differences of both disorders will be discussed and information on the various levels of care that are utilized in the substance use disorder treatment field will be defined. The evidence-based practice of Integrated Treatment for persons with Co-occurring Disorders will be a primary focus of this course as well.

  • Learning Objectives

    Upon completing this course, participants will be able to: Define the term 'co-occurring disorder; Describe what an 'integrated treatment approach' entails; List three or more similarities and differences between mental health disorders and substance use disorders

    Target Audience and Instructional Level
    This course is intended for psychologists, therapists, social workers, clinical counselors, and addiction counselors. Instructional level: Introductory

  • How To Take This Course

    In order to receive a certificate of completion reflecting the associated CE credit hour, you must:
    #1: Have an active paid Clearly Clinical membership
    #2: Listen to the corresponding course podcast
    #3: Achieve a passing grade on the post-presentation test (the test has up to ten questions and you must earn a score of at least 80%; you are able to re-test)
    #4: Complete the requested course evaluation.

    Course elements (including the course audio, post-test, and requested course evaluation) can be completed on a computer or mobile device via your Clearly Clinical account.

  • Course Format

    This high-quality and interesting course contains a one-hour, non-interactive audio podcast presentation which is available for free via all major public podcast providers. You can also listen to and download the file via our course player.

  • Commercial Support

    There is no known commercial support or conflict of interest for this CE program, content, sponsor, or instructor.

  • Certificate Access Details

    Once you've completed the course, your certificate will automatically populate in the 'Certificate' section of your account; it will also be emailed to you. Access to completion certificate will expire 365 days after issuance. Course certificates will be on file for ten (10) years from date of course completion.

  • Accommodations

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Expert Addiction Therapist

David Deutsch, LCSW #66799

Addiction Treatment Expert

David Deutsch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor. He has worked in the field of mental health and substance use disorder treatment for more than 15 years. He has been a Clinical Director for Telecare Corporation and Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. He has worked extensively with persons who have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders as well as with the homeless mentally ill population in Ventura County. David has also worked extensively with persons coming out of the jail and state prison systems.

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