Course Content:

This course addresses how best to support clients with complex needs, including “dual diagnosis”; i.e., comorbidity of diagnosed and un-diagnosed mental health needs and substance issues.
Delegates will have an opportunity to examine and reflect on their own engagement with people who use their service in the light of up-to-date knowledge of different mental health issues. They will be better equipped to identify signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and distress and become better advocates for vulnerable clients, with greater knowledge and understanding of their needs and rights and of the resources available to them.

Preference will be given to delegates have attended a Foundation in Mental Health Course first as this will be a distinct advantage.

Required pre-course reading
• Understanding Mental Health Problems. Mind.
• Dual Diagnosis: a challenge for the reformed NHS and for Public Health England. A discussion paper from Centre for Mental Health, DrugScope and UK Drug Policy Commission.
• Removing Barriers: Dual Diagnosis and Motivational Interviewing. Published by K. Sciacca in Professional Counselor, 1997.

Other courses helpful for preparation:

Foundation in Mental Health

Other courses helpful for development:
Managing Problem Substance Use
Motivational Interviewing
Principles of Trauma Informed Practice
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

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Who Should Apply?

Anyone whose role involves supporting those with mental health issues

Venue & Dates

William Booth College
1-2 June 2020 – Please note that this event has been cancelled
10-11 November 2020 – Please note that this event has been cancelled
15-16 June 2021

Course provides two full days:
Day One: 09.00 to 17.30
Day Two: 09.00 to 16.30

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand a greater range of mental health issues and concerns that may affect our service users, whether in congregational or residential settings
  • To understand the impact of undiagnosed mental illness on individuals, families and communities
  • To identify factors that can negatively impact mental health (eg, social exclusion; loss of work, home or dignity)
  • To recognise how signs and symptoms of mental distress can be confused or exacerbated by substance/alcohol misuse
  • To enable delegates to better advocate on behalf of vulnerable service users and to find resources and to make referrals to appropriate agencies


Dr. Hannah Taylor


Tim Anderson

Learning Hours:

16 hours

Places Available:

June 2020:0
Nov 2020:16
June 2021:20