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:
Management of Problem Substance Use
Social services employees, corps officers/workers, anyone whose role involves supporting those with mental health issues
William Booth College
6-7 November 2017
2-3 July 2018
Course provides two full days:
Day One: 09.00 to 17.30
Day Two: 09.00 to 16.30
Dr Rebecca Frost (Senior Clinical Psychologist, NHS Greenock)