Consistent and continuous cross-training and
review on Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance
Use Disorders for current staff, as well as incoming new staff.
Attending trainings, seminars, and workshops are extremely valuable to all staff members and service providers. It’s essential for staff who have been primarily trained or educated in working with individuals with Psychiatric Disorders to receive on-going training in working with people who have co-occurring Substance Use Disorders. Likewise, service providers primarily trained or educated in working with persons with Substance Use Disorders must also receive on-going training in working with persons who have co-occurring Psychiatric Disorders.
Yet receiving training on Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders – available on-site and at regular intervals – may range from somewhat challenging to very difficult…to perhaps impossible.
Develop a training program for professionals on Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders. Thankfully Susan Lang, MPH, OT/L offered a great solution by designing several PowerPoint presentations for her trainings on THE BASICS, Second Edition in Florida for the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network (CFBHN). Way to go Susan!
Continue to build on Susan Lang’s successful presentations to complete the training program that can be presented on-site for mental health and chemical dependency professionals interested in additional training on
Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Disorders. Design the training program – using THE BASICS, Second Edition – in the form of Study Guides so they will simultaneously serve the purposes of offering trainings on co-occurring disorders, the curriculum, or on specific topic reviews or education.
Design the PowerPoint presentations to include one presentation for each of the Eight Subjects (including the four drug categories), and the two Cross-Training Appendices II and III for a total of ten Study Guides. For agencies or individuals who may not have access to PowerPoint presentations, offer Handout Packets in PDF formats in two designs:
- Handout packet of 4 slides per page in color, and
- Handout packet of 6 slides per page in black and white.
Make these Study Guides available to any and all service providers at no cost; just for the asking.