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Addictions and Mental Illness: Working with Co-Occurring Disorders

Jeff Wittich - 519-883-2185

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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 Addictions and Mental Illness:

 Working with

 Co-occurring Disorders


Wednesday May 16, 2018

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Registration begins at 8:00 am

St George Hall

665 King St. N

Waterloo, ON

N2J 4G8

Phone: 519 884 0311

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Cost for workshop:  $130.00 per person

Student Rate:  $100.00 per student

 Includes:  Workshop manual, breakfast, hot lunch & beverages


Workshop Overview

Many people who struggle with mental illness also struggle with an addiction and this makes recovery complicated. Caregivers may often be at a loss for where to start. Did the addiction cause the mental illness? Did the mental illness cause the addiction? Or is there something else that led to both? This workshop provides a framework for working systemically with both issues at the same time. Participants will explore the impact of both addiction and mental illness, receive an overview of the theoretical frameworks, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that supports health and change.

Workshop Outline

  •           Overview and History of Co-Occurring Disorders
  •          Statistics and Definitions
  •          Beliefs and Assumptions
  •          Characteristics of Co-Occurring Disorders
  •          Underlying Causes
  •          Impact on the Family
  •          Supporting Individuals and Families        
  •          Overview of Mental Illness
  •          Overview of Addiction
  •          Treatment Models of Addiction
  •          Biological Routes of Addiction
  •          Psychological Routes of Addiction
  •          Social Routes of Addiction
  •          Coping and Regulating
  •          Role of Attachment
  •          Spiritual Routes of Addiction
  •          Assessing for Co-Occurring Disorders
  •          Barriers to Assessment and Treatment
  •          Bridging the Gap – Towards a Both/And Perspective

Who should attend?

This is a workshop intended for anyone working with people who struggle with both addictions and mental illness.

How will we engage you?

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review and small group discussion.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand and describe theories of change from both a mental illness and addictions perspective.
  • Assess client needs from a unified perspective.
  • Articulate the need to work concurrently and collaboratively with both mental illness and addictions.
  • Integrate treatment approaches from both fields.

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Tom Walker, MSW, RSW

Tom is a lead clinical CTRI (Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute) trainer with over twenty-five years of experience in the social service sector and in private practice. His background includes working in direct service delivery, management and senior leadership roles. Tom is a Human Factors Specialist with Ornge where he provides trauma support and therapeutic interventions for paramedics and staff. His responsibilities also include debriefing staff and the developing and implementing a peer support program. Tom believes that real change happens through relationships, authenticity and empowerment. He is a facilitator who will integrate real world experiences with practical examples in the workshops he facilitates.

Have questions about Addictions and Mental Illness: Working with Co-Occurring Disorders ? Contact Jeff Wittich - 519-883-2185

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St. George Hall
665 King St N, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Waterloo, Ontario N2J 4G8

Wednesday, May 16, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM (EDT)

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