Primary Care and Co-Occurring
Training staff at all levels to play a role in ensuring that co-occurring disorders are addressed in an integrated way is key to effective care. A basic level of training in co-occurring disorders can benefit virtually everyone. Practitioners who work closely with individuals with co-occurring disorders need more advanced training.
Basic training on co-occurring disorders outlines definitions of common terms, principles underlying effective practice and the need for an integrated approach. It also may provide:
- Training on screening
- Overview of assessment issues
- Treatment models or guidelines
- Protocols for creating a continuum of care
Advanced training on co-occurring disorders provides indepth information on specific evidence-based practices for co-occurring disorders for practitioners who provide integrated assessments and treatment. Some evidence-based practices that are effective include:
- Motivational Interviewing
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Comprehensive, Continuous, Integrated System of Care
Resources and Links
Identifying and Helping Patients With Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Disorders: A Guide for Primary Care Providers. Substance Abuse in Brief Fact Sheet
Brief overview of COD for primary health practitioners.
SAMHSA's Integrated Treatment for Co-Occurring Disorders Evidence-Based Practices KIT, Chapter on Training Frontline Staff
This co-occurring disorder tool kit has a chapter on training frontline staff, with insights into both basic and advanced trainings for co-occurring disorders staff.
Substance Abuse Treatment For Persons With Co-Occurring Disorders Inservice Training based on Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 42
This co-occurring disoders curriculum consists of 18 modules and includes presentation instructions, PowerPoint slides (that can be copied onto overhead transparencies), trainer scripts, and participant handouts. The training approach includes presentations, discussion sessions, and practice exercises for participants.