This course will focus on understanding the etiology and nature of co-occurring disorders. Students will explore basic concepts of mental illness and addiction. Students will examine the use of current DSM as a reference tool for understanding mental illness and addiction disorders. Models for the delivery of services to clients with co-occurring disorders will be examined from a theoretical applied perspective.
This methods course examines the use of interviewing and counselling skills for working with people who have co-occurring disorders. Students will explore selected practice theories and methods for engaging and retaining this multi-barriered group in treatment and support programs.
Students will review the etiology and nature of co-occurring disorders and discuss advanced issues that result from the co-morbid conditions of mental illness and substance use and identify system intervention and support strategies for this population. The students will have an opportunity to adapt this knowledge to their own practice and acquire a broader understanding of its application to community social services.
Students will explore concepts and theories for working with groups and families who are dealing with issues of co-occurring disorders within their group or family. Students will have an opportunity to develop their skill versatility by application of selected intervention strategies.
This course provides opportunities for students to practice skills in selected sites under supervision. These sites may include current/past employment in which case the practicum will focus on specific roles not similar to current/past employment. Students will integrate and reflect upon their educational, personal and professional experience in the practicum and associated seminar.