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Treating Addiction and Psychiatric Disorders

About the Course:

This course features two separate articles that discuss treating co-occurring substance use disorders (SUD) and psychiatric disorders. The first article deals with clients in psychotherapy and includes vignettes. It highlights the original version of motivational interviewing (MI) and recommends using MI and psychodynamic therapy with SUD. The second article deals with the assessment and treatment of co-occurring mood disorders with SUD, mostly highlighting Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and bipolar disorder. It covers the difficulty in accurate diagnosis, and as a result conflicting research. It is research concentrated.

This course is based on the article, Addiction Disorder Considerations for Patients Seeking Psychotherapy created by Kimberly Stubbs, MD, et al. in 2019 and article Assessment and treatment of mood disorders in the context of substance abuse created by Bryan K. Tolliver, MD, PhD et al. in 2015.

Publication Date:

2019 and 2015

Course Material Authors

Kimberly Stubbs, MD

Dr. Stubbs had the opportunity to work closely with Ohio’s Telepsychiatry Project for intellectual Disabilities and served as the Psychotherapy Clinic Chief. Dr. Stubbs also has an interest in HIV Psychiatry and improving care for marginalized groups

Bryan K. Tolliver, MD, PhD

Dr. Tolliver is an associate professor at Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC. His academic focus is on Bipolar disorder and co-occurring substance use disorders, treatment of alcohol, cocaine, opioid dependence and psychopharmacology of addiction.

Course Creator

L.A. Rankin

L.A. Rankin is a social worker with experience in many different settings with a variety of clients. She has worked with dementia and Alzheimers patients, dual diagnosis MH/MR, in a battered women’s shelter, and a rape crisis center. She also has 11 years of experience as a child protective social worker, where she earned certificates in domestic abuse/family violence and substance abuse.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge. This material is written at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

  1. Acknowledge the issues in treating co-occurring SUD in therapy.

  2. Identify the the risks of co-occurring bipolar disorder and SUD.

  3. Summarize the treatment options for co-occurring mood disorders and SUD.

Addiction Disorder Considerations for Patients Seeking Psychotherapy

References begin on page 15.

Addiction Disorder Considerations for Patients Seeking Psychotherapy

Assessment and treatment of mood disorders in the context of substance abuse

References begin on page 188.

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Course Number 102739
2 credit hours
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