Alcohol, Other Drugs & Mental Health (Dual Diagnosis) Training ONLINE & Live (12 Hr Advanced)

July 26, 2023


To obtain a certificate of attendance and also qualify for 12 points (ONLINE) or up to 15 points (Live) of CPD (Continuing Professional Development) for their professional peak body (APS, ACA, AASW, CPA, PACFA, ACWA etc), you must complete the full 2 days of intensive training, either live or online.

This advanced training covers all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health from an integrated, holistic framework.

This is explained here;

The Dual Diagnosis Consultant delivering the training, has over 7 years lived experience as an ex-addict himself and spent over 10 years accessing various treatment and recovery programs to work through the underlying issues. Since then, he has 29 years of clinical experience as a counsellor and 22 years as an educator to Government and Non-Government organisations in Australia and in 116 countries worldwide.

The Dual Diagnosis Training Intro video on the website ( introduces the 2 day advanced training that explains Substance Abuse, (with Alcohol & Other Drugs), as well as Mental Health Issues.

The training is outlined in detail on the website. This training will equip workers to be able to deliver a brief & early intervention to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues as well as advanced psychotherapeutic skills. This will also equip you to be a Sponsor / Buddy with a drug user who wants to implement the tripod of support to stay clean.

Module 1. Drugs & Effects

  • Cycle of Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Drink & Drug Driving
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Stimulants (Speed, Ice, Ecstasy, Cocaine)
  • Inhalants (volatile substances)
  • Module 2. Addictions & Mental Health
    Dual Diagnosis

  • Integrative Holistic Model
  • Needs & Underlying Issues that drive addictions
  • Module 3. Harm Minimisation & Optimal Health

  • Pharmacotherapies
  • Orthomolecular Science, Functional Medicine & Optimal Health
  • Module 4. Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology (Brian Works)

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Psychosis vs Dissociation
  • Psychospirituality
  • Module 5. Trauma model & Keys to Treatment

  • Memory formation
  • Locus of control shift
  • Guilt vs Shame
  • Anger, Rage & Forgiveness
  • Dealing with ambivalence
  • Module 6. Brief & Early Intervention and Tripod of Support

  • Stages of Change
  • Costs vs Benefits – doing a brief intervention