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Human Services Network of Colorado

Addiction Treatment and Co-occurring Disorder

  • 10/16/2024
  • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
  • 45

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Have you recognized mental illness and substance abuse in working with participants?  Perhaps you weren't sure which symptom needed which approach. Learning more and developing resources and partners to address co-occurring disorders can help you provide more efficient, targeted services and referrals, and help your participants feel better.

For those who seek to enhance their ability and understanding of Addictions and Co-occurring Disorder; this workshop will present a solid foundation for recognizing substance abuse as well as understanding and working with these issues. "Co-occurring Disorder" is descriptive of people who struggle with both a mental health disorder and a substance use disorder. It is often difficult to tease out a co-occurring disorder, especially when the person is in acute phases of instability.

There are numerous issues we will discuss related to the struggle of managing this disorder. Stigma and stability issues consistent with the individuals specific combination of disorders, support access, legal, medical health, and cultural uniqueness create a complexity for the care providers approach and management of services for these clients. We will discuss basic strategies, and practical guidelines for providing early intervention, stability and integrated services for Co-occurring Disorder clients.

Participants will leave with:

  • The ability to identify symptoms of substance abuse and mental health disorders;
  • A working definition of the “co-occurring disorder” and a look at the stigma attached to that definition;
  • An understanding of the most common difficulties (and clues) in recognizing co-occurring disorders
  • Practical strategies in managing co-occurring clients, including; basic CBT skills, Medication compliance concerns, high risk stability, sobriety management, and multiple systems coordination;
  • An understanding of the stability concerns with co-occurring disorder clients; and
  • Approaches to practical and culturally sensitive assessment.


Presenter: Tracy L. Hutchinson, LPC, MAC, LAC 

Tracy has been working in the field of Addictions and Mental Health for the past 40 years. Currently, through her Counseling and Consulting private practice, Tracy is a facilitator of professional growth and development for team building. See more information about Tracy HERE.

Eligible for 6 Hours Certificate of Completion.

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