Caring for the Whole Person, not just the Addiction: Assessing, Treating and Integrating Mental and Physical Health Services in Substance Use Treatment Settings
September 23, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$99
Instructors: Julie Edwards, APN, Kenneth Pecoraro LCSW, LCADC, CCS, Aubrey Hunt LCSW, LCADC, CCS
Substance use treatment services have evolved a great deal in recent years. The integration of mental health and physical health into addiction treatment has become the new “normal” as a holistic approach to client care has become essential in the modern treatment world. It is well known that the prevalence of co-occurring mental health disorders present in substance use treatment programs is extremely high and continues to rise. In addition, research is also revealing that high levels of medical and physical health issues in substance use treatment is equally as widespread. Therefore administrators, supervisors, therapists and case managers at all levels of addiction care need to be prepared to effectively assess, treat and integrate physical and mental health treatment into substance use programs to meet these growing needs among the individuals and families whom we serve. This seminar highlights the unique and diverse perspectives of three experienced experts in the field who currently work in a fully integrated federally Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) treatment center in central New Jersey. These instructors share the skills, knowledge, experience and research that they have learned about while working in this holistic system of integrated care.