Course Profile

Course Profile: Dual Diagnosis (Mental Health & Substance Use) (1 Day)
Both Mental Health & substance use are complex areas; brought together, this combination can be very challenging indeed to the service user as well as those employed to support them. This course offers background knowledge and understanding of the diagnosis and aims to provide a basic model to begin working in this area. Learners will understand the issues from the service user’s perspective and the treatment and support that is available.
The course is informed by Royal College of Psychiatry, Mental Health Foundation, SCIE, NICE, RCN. The course is set in the context of The Care Act 2014 and supports the Social Care Commitment.
The course provides some knowledge for
CIS: 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5
QCF: HSC036, 3033, 3061, CMH302, ASM3, ASM4
NHS KSF: Core 1.3, HWB4.3
The course is designed for frontline workers in Health & Social Care in all settings.
The course will help organisations meet CQC Fundamental Standards.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • A range of related definitions
  • Research findings
  • Why such a high proportion of people with Mental Health needs use substances and/or alcohol
  • The secondary gain from substance misuse from the user’s perspective
  • The main Mental Health conditionsand their signs and symptoms of the above
  • How substance use might interplay with the above
  • The impact of alcohol and substance use on the individual
  • Suicide risk
  • The effect on others (including crime, violence and domestic violence)
  • The medical model of treatment
  • Other help and support available
  • How the issues of motivation and insight may hamper support
  • The effectiveness of CBT
  • The Cycle of Change
  • The principles of Motivational Interviewing
  • Social and behavioural approaches
  • The role of the support worker
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, PowerPoint, Tutor Presentations, Small & large group work, Handouts