National Comorbidity Guidelines Training

This face-to-face training program was developed as an accompaniment to the Comorbidity Guidelines and online training program, and can be delivered in person or online. Together, these resources aim to provide alcohol and other drug (AOD) workers with up-to-date, evidence-based information on the management of comorbid mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings. They are based on the best available evidence and were developed in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, consumers and carers from across Australia.

The intended outcomes from the face-to-face training are:

  • Increased knowledge and awareness of how to identify, manage and treat co-occurring mental health conditions in AOD treatment settings
  • Improved confidence and skills of AOD workers
  • Increased utilisation of evidence-based care.

More detailed session objectives can be downloaded here.

Who is the National Comorbidity Guidelines Face-to-Face Training Program suitable for?

The face-to-face training program was designed to meet the needs of workers in the AOD sector in managing co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions. The training is suitable for workers from a range of practice backgrounds, and with varying levels of experience.

Program modules

The training program comprises seven half-day modules. The first two modules, ‘Understanding Comorbidity’ and ‘Screening and Assessment’ are core modules that should be offered to all AOD workers and delivered before Modules 3 to 7.

Modules 3 to 7 are optional modules and can be chosen based on relevance to the workplace, workforce and the organisation’s client profile. Module 3 addresses treatment approaches. Modules 4 to 7 address the most prevalent mental health disorders in AOD treatment settings.

The complete program could be delivered in three and a half days, or module by module over a period of weeks or months as required.

  • Module 1 Understanding Comorbidity (core module)
  • Module 2 Screening and Assessment (core module)
  • Module 3 Applying Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive and Behavioural Approaches to Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Module 4 Anxiety, Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Module 5 Personality Disorders
  • Module 6 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Module 7 Psychosis, Eating Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Skills required by the training program facilitator

Training facilitators are required to have successfully completed a Comorbidity Guidelines train-the-trainer workshop; have completed tertiary training in a relevant field; have a comprehensive knowledge of comorbidity; be skilled in AOD and mental health interventions; and possess sound training skills.

Face-to-face trainer
George Patriki (offers online and in-person training)

Dual Diagnosis Consultant / Director – Optimal Health Group

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