An Overview of Dual Diagnosis

‘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 and service users 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 and practice.

Programme Duration

One day training workshop.

Programme Aims

The aim of this one day 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 is valued. 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 clients or service users who have a dual diagnosis.

Programme Content

  • What is Dual Diagnosis?
  • Aetiology and incidence of dual diagnosis
  • Mental Illness and Addiction
  • Working with a client or service user who has a diagnosis of dual diagnosis
  • Evidence based practice in dual diagnosis
  • Implications for treatment and service delivery in Ireland
  • Bringing it all together

Participants will receive handouts and relevant literature and a recommended reading list to enable them to develop their understanding of Dual Diagnosis. Throughout the training attendees 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. There will be the opportunity over the training to allow participants to experience “real” situations and scenarios to transfer the learning of the workshop into practice.

Training Objective

  1. To equip participants with the tools to enable them to develop and build on their own skills in working with clients or service users who have a Dual Diagnosis.
  2. To strengthen and underpin existing knowledge in relation to Dual Diagnosis within the group.
  3. To enhance confidence in participants in working with clients who have a Dual Diagnosis.
  4. To become familiar with the history, theory and principles of Dual Diagnosis.
  5. To become knowledgeable of specific mental disorders.
  6. To provide space and time for participants to become familiar with Dual Diagnosis and allow time to explore the skills associated with working with people with a Dual Diagnosis. This will be achieved by role plays of “real clients” taken from the group.

Methodology

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

  1. 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.
  2. Experiential: The training will allow participants to contribute by using examples of anonymous clients that they have worked with or are currently working with.
  3. Theory into practice: The training will allow some role plays that will encourage participants to put the theory of dual diagnosis into practice.
  4. Information giving: There will be handouts and information on relevant reading that will be distributed at each days training.
  5. Worker led: The training will be flexible to the needs of the group.

Connect with Your Trainer

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

The Learning Curve Institute offers a unique post course support system whereby learners are provided with the contact details of the trainer and are free to contact them with any questions they may have.

Programme Certification

All participants will receive a Certificate of Completion in An Overview of Dual Diagnosis from The Learning Curve Institute.