This eight-week course provides the basic knowledge and skills needed to anticipate and respond effectively to clients wth substance use problems and may also experience mental illness. In addition to incorporating to incorporating key concepts of concurrent disorders into the course, we have added practical information on helping clients to quit smoking.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- identify the roles and responsibilities of withdrawal management workers
- describe assessment tools for evaluating clients’ physical, mental health and substance use recovery needs; assess for substance use, physical and mental health problems; admit or refer clients for immediate medical, psychiatric or other therapeutic help; and monitor clients’ progress
- recognize withdrawal symptoms and identify pharmacological interventions
- identify effective management techniques for the safety and well-being of clients
- implement simple motivational strategies
- describe treatment planning and community supports available for clients with substance use and mental health problems.
- describe ethical and legal issues that may arise in the withdrawal management setting
This course can be taken alone; however, it qualifies as an elective for the Concurrent Disorders Certificate Program.
Electives must be taken within a four-year period after completing the core course; any courses taken prior to the core program will not count toward the certificate. Participants will need to either re-take those courses or select electives that they have not previously taken.