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LP20626: Dual diagnosis and complex needs

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health (administered by the Learning Partnerships Office)
Further information on credits Credits: 3      [equivalent to 6 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 60
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Academic Year at Action on Addiction
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Case Study Analysis 1500 words (100%) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
People with mental illness are particularly vulnerable to substance misuse. This unit aims to help students understand this vulnerability and explore promising interventions for assisting this client group with their drug/alcohol problems.

Learning Outcomes:
Having completed this Unit, students will be able to:
* Make reasonable preliminary judgements about whether individuals are exhibiting behaviour(s) consistent with co-existing substance use and mental health problems.
* Compare well-known models/theories of dual diagnosis.
* Recognise how counselling approach and style need to be modified in order to engage, support and motivate clients with co-existing mental health problems.

Intellectual Skills
* Analysing models of dual diagnosis [T/A]
* Evaluating research evidence [T/A]
Professional Skills
* Modification of counselling skills for this client group [T/F]
* Formulating a realistic treatment plan for a client with co-morbid disorders [T/A]
Key Skills
* Using IT to find, communicate and manage information [T]
* Case study research, preparation and writing [TA].


* Towards a definition of Dual Diagnosis including a brief introduction to the prevalence of mental illness in substance using populations
* Models/theories of dual diagnosis
* Clinical features of common mental disorders
* Practical implications and essential components of treatment
* Practicum - case scenarios with workplace simulations.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

LP20626 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Programmes administered by the Learning Partnerships Office
  • UHHL-KFF09 : FdSc Addictions Counselling (Full-time at Action on Addiction)