Dual Diagnosis

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Course Details

Duration : 1 or 2 days

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‘Dual Diagnosis’ is the term used when a person suffers from both a drug and/or alcohol issue and a mental health issue. Traditionally there has been much debate as regards the best way to treat clients who have a dual diagnosis. This debate has resulted in clients being treated (in some cases) in two separate services. The American Medical Association states that up to 37% of alcohol abusers and 53% of drug abusers have at least one mental health diagnosis.

This workshop sets out to deliver a clear overview of Dual Diagnosis/Disorders and its implications for treatment.


Programme Duration

1 or 2 day depending on client needs.

Programme certification

Certificate of Attendance in “An Introduction to Dual Disorders” from The Learning Curve Institute.

Programme Aims

The aim of this workshop is to provide an overview of Dual Diagnosis. There will be space and time allowed for the development of discussion around dual diagnosis and the knowledge and experience of the group members.

There will be “real” scenarios taken from the group and then worked with by the group.  This is done to enhance the learning experience and to make the connection between theory and practice.

There will be a strong emphasis on knowing the interface between, addiction work and psychiatry and the opportunity to explore the limits of one’s own competencies when working with dual diagnosis.

Programme Content

Students will receive handouts and relevant literature to enable them to develop their understanding of Dual Diagnosis. Throughout the training students will have the opportunity to discuss and explore the issue of Dual Diagnosis, some of this learning will be delivered through role-plays and scenarios provided by the trainer.

The methodology used in this training will be a combination of the following:

Participative: The participants will be asked to contribute to the training both in the large group and also in smaller ones. There will be a number of exercises throughout the training that are designed for the group to be split up into smaller groups.

Experiential: The training will allow participants to contribute by using examples of anonymous clients that they have worked with or are currently working with.

Theory into practice: The training will allow some role plays that will encourage participants to put the theory  into practice.

Information giving: There will be handouts and information on relevant reading that will be distributed at each days training.

Worker led: The training will be flexible to the needs of the group. 

Learning Outcomes

  • To equip students with the tools to enable them to develop and build on their own skills in working with clients who have a Dual Diagnosis.
  • To strengthen and underpin existing knowledge in relation to Dual Diagnosis within the group.
  • To enhance confidence in participants in working with clients who have a Dual Diagnosis.
  • To become familiar with the history, theory and principles of Dual Diagnosis.
  • To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Dual Diagnosis and allowing time to explore the skills associated with working with people with a Dual Diagnosis. This will be achieved by role play’s of “real clients” taken from the group. 

Entry Requirements




Other Information

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby students are provided with the contact details of the lecturer and are free to contact him/her with any questions they may have or that they would like the lecturer to help them with.

The Learning Curve Institute will also distribute a unique pre-course questionnaire to each participant in order to ensure the training meets the needs of everyone in the room and is tailored to the appropriate level while also covering specific situations or scenarios as highlighted by the group.


All materials are provided by The Learning Curve Institute. 

Contact Details

Please contact The Learning Curve Institute on 098 25530 or info@thelearningcurve.ie for more information.

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