"Engagement Strategies for those with Co-Occurring Disorders" Training

March 31, 2016

On March 17th, 2016, New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic’s J. Todd Barlow, MS and Pam DeHart, MA, LPC, CAC presented a complimentary training titled, “Engagement Strategies for those with Co-Occurring Disorders.”  Barlow and DeHart reviewed the challenges associated with services for individuals diagnosed with both a behavioral health and substance use diagnosis, including:  

•    Difficulties identifying both disorders
•    One disorder may serve a secondary role for the other
•    Two disorders are often disproportionate in severity
•    Both Disorders are surrounded by stigma, minimization and denial
•    The disorders are often disproportionate in motivation for change

“Approximately 50% of people with behavioral health challenges also experience a substance abuse disorder,” Barlow said.  As a result, coordinated, integrated services are the cornerstone of effective supports.  Four strategies were suggested to assist individuals with both a behavioral health and substance use challenge: structure, self-study, goal setting/celebration, and family support.  Each of these components play a critical role in New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic’s intensive outpatient services.  Services include a half-day partial service that emphasizes education, peer support, and processing for individuals with co-occurring disorders, behavioral health challenges, or substance use.  

For additional information on co-occurring supports, please contact New Vitae The Mitchell Clinic at 484-664-1400. 

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