DDCAT – VII. Training

VII.A – BASIC TRAINING FOR ALL STAFF

Definition: Programs that provide treatment to individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders ensure all staff who have contact with patients have basic training in co-occurring disorders. For the purpose of this item, basic training minimally includes understanding one’s own attitudes, the prevalence of co- occurring disorders and their screening and assessment, common signs and symptoms of these disorders, and triage/brief interventions and treatment decision-making. Staff includes positions such as outpatient receptionists and intake workers, as well as residential third shift and weekend staff.

Source: Interviews with clinical leadership and clinicians, review of strategic training plan and staff training records

Item Response Coding: Coding of this item requires an understanding of the program’s requirements for basic skills and training with regard to co-occurring disorders, and knowledge of the number of staff who have completed this training.

 

VII.B – ADVANCED TRAINING FOR CLINICAL STAFF

Definition: Programs that offer treatment to individuals with co-occurring disorders ensure clinical staff has advanced specialized training to increase the needed capacity to provide co-occurring disorders treatment within the program and create a “no wrong door” experience for patients. This aspect of training is incorporated into the program’s strategic training plan. For the purpose of this item, advanced specialized training in integrated treatment minimally includes knowledge of specific therapies and treatment interventions for individuals with co-occurring disorders, assessment and diagnosis, and basic knowledge of pharmacological interventions for co-occurring disorders. Clinical staff is defined as those staff who carry a caseload, conduct individual or group sessions, or provides clinical supervision or medication management.

Source: Interviews with executive director, clinical leadership and clinicians, review of strategic training plan and staff training records

Item Response Coding: Coding of this item requires an understanding of the program’s requirements for advanced specialized training in co-occurring disorders, and knowledge of the numbers of staff who have completed this training.

Resources:

  1. Dual Assessment
  2. Stages of Treatment
  3. Engagement
  4. Treatment Planning
  5. Motivational Counseling
  6. Substance Abuse Counseling for Persons with Mental Illness
  7. Group Treatment for Dual Disorders
  8. Relapse Prevention
  9. Self-Help
  10. Family Treatment
  • See also the University of South Florida’s No Fee Training Series, offering a comprehensive overview for practitioners on topics related to assessing and treating persons with co-occurring disorders. A certificate of completion is available at no cost. The topics covered include the following:

• Understanding the Needs of Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
• Issues and Techniques in the Assessment of Co-Occurring Disorders
• Creating Treatment Programs for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
• Evidence-based Treatment Models for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
• Responsive Services and Supports for Persons with Co-Occurring Disorders
• Adolescents and Co-Occurring Disorders
• Co-Occurring Disorders among Older Adults
• Women and Co-Occurring Disorders
• Co-Occurring Disorders in Persons in the Justice System