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Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health & Substance Misuse

Dual Diagnosis - Mental Health & Substance Misuse


Mental Health and use of substances are closely intertwined. Many workers are trained in one or the other, but find themselves dealing with both. This short course will give an introduction to the topic for those with little or no experience of working with Dual Diagnosis
You should attend if you wish to develop your knowledge and confidence, and ability to deal with the issue

Aims & Objectives:

Aims & Objectives:

The delegates will be able to:

  • Define the term Dual Diagnosis ….
  • Describe the symptoms
  • State which drugs can directly cause Mental Health problems.
  • State which drugs can make things worse
  • State which drugs are used to relieve Mental Health problems
  • Recognise possible effects of mixing drugs
  • Describe how misdiagnosis can occur
  • State the effects of specific substances
  • Discuss issues around withdrawal
  • Signpost individuals to sources of help and support

Learning outcomes:

Participants will have a greater understanding of Dual Diagnosis (Complex Needs), and have an increased confidence and ability to work with the issues involved

Course Outline:


  • What is Dual diagnosis?
  • The size of the problem
  • The symptoms
  • Drugs that can cause Mental Health Problems
  • Drugs that can make it worse
  • Drugs used to "ease the pain"
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Other problematic issues
  • Mixing drugs


  • The substances: 1 Uppers, 2 Downers, 3 Hallucinogens, 4 Others
  • Withdrawal
  • Help and support
  • Presentations
  • Interactive Exercises
  • Individual and Group Exercises
  • Discussion
  • Visual Aids e.g. audio/visual
  • Feedback Activity
  • Final Assessment - an action plan
  • The opportunity to develop their own knowledge and skills and apply this in the workplace.
  • A chance to learn how to give support to someone experiencing both mental health problems and using substances.
  • Knowing where and how to access help and support


Intended For:

Those with little or no prior knowledge of the subject, and those with limited knowledge/experience of either Mental Health issues or substance use