ADC404: Mental Illness, Addiction & Dual Diagnosis

Course Description

The content of this course is designed to address issues concerning the treatment of clients who have both a substance use disorder and another mental disorder. Counselors must recognize and address both conditions; otherwise the risk of relapse remains high. Learn the most significant predictor of treatment success, how to provide an empathic and continuous treatment relationship, how to recognize the criteria for a substance use disorder, and more.

Major changes have been made to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in its 5th revision. The DSM-5 was published in 2013 after a twelve year process of revision. This course will review key changes to this important diagnostic tool, changes which include: 1) combining the substance abuse and substance dependence disorders into one heading of substance use disorder; 2) requiring that at least 2 criteria be met for this diagnosis; 3) adding cannabis withdrawal and caffeine withdrawal as new disorders; and 4) the addition of a new Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders section.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how to assess and treat clients who present with both a mental health and a substance use disorder. 
  2. Learn about the various treatment models commonly used to treat the dually diagnosed. 
  3. Gain knowledge of simple principles and techniques for assessing a substance use disorder. 
  4. Gain knowledge of some of the issues, principles, and procedures used to establish a psychiatric diagnosis. 
  5. Understand how to recognize the diagnostic features of the more common mental health disorders. Learn the key treatment issues of those mental health disorders.


Course Materials & Tuition 

Atkins, C. (2019). Co-Occurring Disorders: A Whole Person Approach to the Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders (2nd Edition). PESI Publishing & Media. ISBN: 978-1683733829. 440 pages. $17.99
Emlet, M. R. (2017). Descriptions and Prescriptions: A Biblical Perspective on Psychiatric Diagnoses and Medications. New Growth Press. ISBN: 194527011X. 112 pages. $9.99
Tuition $800.00
Total Cost of Course: (Includes the cost of buying textbooks) $827.98