Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Integrating Treatment for Co-Occurring Mental Health Conditions


Course Description: This course reviews integrated treatment for individuals with co-occurring alcohol use disorder (AUD) and mental health conditions (MHCs), highlighting, in particular, the heterogeneity that exists among individuals with co-occurring conditions and the importance of considering factors related to both AUD and MHCs when recommending treatment interventions. The course examines screening and assessment of AUD and MHCs, including the importance of considering the severity and effects of each disorder when recommending treatment settings, and describes available types of integrated treatment, including comprehensive integrated treatment for serious mental illness and AUD.

Integrated treatment is considered the standard of care for individuals with co-occurring AUD and MHCs but implementing it in both substance use disorder and mental health treatment centers has been difficult. The course concludes with a discussion of these challenges, innovative models (e.g., Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes; unified protocol therapy; coordinated anxiety; acceptance and commitment therapy; and learning and management intervention) that have been developed to address some of these challenges, and the need for continued innovation and research to improve our understanding and delivery of integrated treatment.

Learning Objectives:

  • Compare the prevalence of co-occurring alcohol use disorder (AUD) and mental health conditions (MHCs), screening tools to identify individuals with symptoms of AUD and MHCs, and subsequent assessment of co-occurring disorders 
  • Delineate types of integrated treatment and current challenges to integrate treatment for co-occurring disorders effectively
  • Analyze innovative uses of technology to improve education on co-occurring disorders and treatment delivery

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Reference(s):

Yule, A.M., & Kelly, J.F. (2019). Integrating treatment for co-occurring mental health conditions. Alcohol Research: Current Reviews, 40(1), 1-13, doi/10.35946/arcr.v40.1.07.

Course Credit(s): 1 CE Credit or Hour

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Amy M. Yule, MD, and John F. Kelly, PhD

Content Publisher(s): National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Amy M. Yule, MD, is a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

John F. Kelly, PhD, is a psychologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2021-5/2/2024. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 1 clinical continuing education clock hour.

American Psychological Association
CEmobile, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work
CEmobile, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0454.
The Education Law and Commissioner’s Regulations allow a LMSW or LCSW to complete no more than one-third of the required hours as self-study in each registration period. This would translate to a limit of 12 hours for a typical 36-month registration period.
A New York State LMSW or LCSW is responsible for complying with New York laws, rules and regulations.

National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
CEmobile, LLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6879. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CEmobile, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

The following are California BBS-recognized approval agencies:
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC)
American Psychological Association (APA)

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