Working with Complex Mental Health Needs
This course addresses how best to support clients with complex needs, including “dual diagnosis”; i.e., comorbidity of diagnosed and un-diagnosed mental health needs and substance issues.
Delegates will have an opportunity to:
- Examine and reflect on their own engagement with people who use their service in the light of up-to-date knowledge of different mental health issues
- To be better equipped to identify signs and symptoms of mental health disorders and distress
- To become a better advocate for vulnerable clients, with greater knowledge and understanding of their needs and rights and of the resources available to them.
Preference will be given to delegates have attended a Foundation in Mental Health Course first as this will be a distinct advantage.
By the end of this course, delegates should be able:
- To understand a greater range of mental health issues and concerns that may affect our service users, whether in congregational or residential settings
- To understand the impact of undiagnosed mental illness on individuals, families and communities
- To identify factors that can negatively impact mental health (eg, social exclusion; loss of work, home or dignity)
- To recognise how signs and symptoms of mental distress can be confused or exacerbated by substance/alcohol misuse
- To enable delegates to better advocate on behalf of vulnerable service users and to find resources and to make referrals to appropriate agencies
Learning hours: 14
Required pre-course reading:
- Understanding Mental Health Problems. Mind.
- Dual Diagnosis: a challenge for the reformed NHS and for Public Health England. A discussion paper from Centre for Mental Health, DrugScope and UK Drug Policy Commission.
- Removing Barriers: Dual Diagnosis and Motivational Interviewing. Published by K. Sciacca in Professional Counselor, 1997.
Who Should Apply?
Anyone whose role involves supporting those with mental health issues.
Note: Should an employee/officer book a place on a course but then subsequently fail to attend or complete the course, repayment of cost of the course will be charged to the department/appointment concerned (recoverable from the individual) (Policy CS04 Sect 6.5).