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This course will provide students with the knowledge and skill base to work more effectively with clients who experience both substance use disorders and mental health issues. This includes understanding scope of practice and knowing when to refer elsewhere. Students will reflect upon key principles identified by concurrent disorders experts such as Kenneth Minkoff and explore how mental health disorders and addictions interact resulting in a more complex screening, assessment and treatment process. Students will also examine how the various types of mental health disorders have a strong co-morbidity rate with addiction. Students will bring all of their knowledge forward at the end of this course and learn about specific therapeutic treatment approaches regarding concurrent disorders according to Health Canada Best Practices and other expert resources and acquire knowledge of best practices for discharge planning.