Working with Dual Diagnosis

Co-existing mental health issues are present in over half the people who access drug and alcohol services, but this type of 'dual diagnosis' can mean that they face significant barriers accessing such services. 

This training will give you a better understanding of how substance use and mental health problems can interact and how best to support people with a 'dual diagnosis'.



By the end of the sesssion, participants will be able to:

  • Define the term 'Dual Diagnosis' and understand its meaning
  • Work to good practice guidelines when assessing and referring those clients with a dual diagnosis
  • Understand what challenges may be faced when working with those co-existing mental health and substance use problems
  • Consider interventions for those with a dual diagnosis
  • Use good practice to meet diverse needs

Training Overview

This training will be tailored to meet your individual and organisational needs, but usually covers areas such as:

  • What is 'Dual Diagnosis'
  • What does it mean for a person?
  • The interactions bewteen substance use and mental health
  • Assessment and care planning
  • Making referrals
  • Stages of intervention
  • Meeting diverse needs
  • 'From Pillar to Post: A film about Dual Diagnosis'



Recent Feedback

"It was a great course. I better understand dual diagnosis and have gained further insight into this grey area"
Substance Misuse Practitioner, Lifeline Project, London

Suitable for:
Anyone working with people who may experience co-existing substance use and mental health problems.

Half a Day to One Day

Prior Knowledge:
No prior knowledge required

All training packages are mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards

All training packages include a certificate of training for participants and a comprehensive participant's pack that can be customised to include your details.

Although Soma is based in Lancashire, in the North West of England, we deliver drug and alcohol awareness training across England, Scotland and Wales.