Adolescent Co-occurring Disorders

The modules within this program are designed as a comprehensive model for treating adolescents with emotional disorders and substance-abuse issues. Adolescents will have a better understanding of their emotional disorder, apply this knowledge to their own personal experience, and ultimately learn to manage their emotional disorder without using mood-altering substances.

The goal of this workshop is to help substance abuse and mental health treatment providers improve services they provide for adolescents who have co-occurring disorders and their families.
 
By the end of this three-day workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Give current information about adolescents and co-occurring disorders
  • Conduct a self-assessment of their program's capacity to provide co-occurring disorders treatment using organizational assessment indices: The Dual Diagnosis Capability in Addiction Treatment Index (DDCAT) or the Dual diagnosis Capability in Mental Health Treatment Index (DDCMHT)
  • Identify supplementary adolescent screening and assessment tools
  • Implement the "Adolescents and Co-Occurring Disorders Series" curriculum
  • Integrate stages of change into program services
  • Identify resources that will help them work with families and special populations of youth, including: young people who are at risk of suicide, LGBTQ youth, military youth, and adolescents who abuse prescription drugs
  • Create an implementation plan for using organizational assessment indices, screening and assessment tools, and the "Adolescent Co-Occurring Disorders Series."