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The complex inter-relationship of mental illness, physical disease, and substance abuse presents unique challenges to clients, families, and communities. Presenting with greater frequency, clients with co-occurring disorders can baffle service providers, defy traditional treatment models, and overwhelm systems of care. Research, funding, and policy gaps in the area of co-occurring disorders leave clients, their loved ones, and helping professionals without a coherent road map for multi-systemic intervention.

This course seeks to enhance the theoretical foundation around co-occurring disorders in an effort to assist students in developing the professional tools to address the multi-systemic challenges presented by these clients. While clinically focused, this course would benefit students seeking to enter the fields of mental health, criminal justice, child welfare, and public policy.

Combining didactic presentation, narrative accounts, group discussion, expressive, and written assignments, this class will operate like a seminar. Students will be encouraged to pursue a topic/s of professional interest in an effort to contribute to the overall learning of the class.