Concurrent Disorders (Mental Health and Substance Use):

Concurrent Disorders (Mental Health and Substance Use)
Our Concurrent Disorders Program aims to increase the use of evidence-based, integrated treatment interventions with youth who are experiencing combined mental health and substance use concerns.

 

Through training, case-specific consultations and issue-specific consultations, this program enhances the skills and capacity of service providers in Peel Region that work with youth who have concurrent disorders.

 

Our Concurrent Disorders Program also serves youth directly through consultation appointments with their service provider, and through groups such as First Contact.

 

Who is eligible for this program?
Service providers within the Region of Peel are welcome to use our program. The sectors that may benefit from the program include:

  • child and youth mental health agencies,
  • service providers specializing in substance use,
  • district school boards, hospitals, Peel Public Health, youth shelters and transitional housing agencies, and
  • other service providers that work with youth.

 

Youth up to age 24 experiencing mental health issues and substance use may be eligible for the program's consultations or groups.

 

What do we do?
To be optimally effective, concurrent disorders treatment should:

  • be client-centred and -directed,
  • be multi-dimensional,
  • respect the unique needs and strengths of clients, and
  • incorporate a harm reduction approach.

 

The Concurrent Disorders Program supports professionals to develop a treatment approach based on these principles and an understanding of stages of change and motivational interventions.

 

  • Training and consultation provide individuals and organizations with the necessary knowledge and tools to successfully work with young people who are experiencing a combination of mental health and substance use concerns.
  • Case-specific consultations provide opportunities for practical application of knowledge, approaches, and tools supported by current research and best practices, and also serve to reinforce concepts imparted in the program's trainings.
  • Issue-specific consultations (e.g. related to specific substances and their effects, or specific therapeutic approaches) are also available.

 

The Concurrent Disorders program also builds community capacity by offering limited direct service to clients, typically through consultation appointments with youth and their service provider, or through groups such as our First Contact Group.

 

First Contact is offered periodically for youth 14-18 years of age to help them increase their awareness of substance use, understand how it impacts them, and develop strategies to begin replacing it with healthier options. Services are provided at Peel Children’s Centre and in the community, based on the invitation of schools or other partner agencies.

 

Concurrent Disorders groups are co-facilitated by the Clinical Coordinator, Concurrent Disorders and by staff from the participating partner agency/school so that they can build internal capacity to run future groups independently. Please see the Groups brochures available on our Publications page for information on current or upcoming First Contact groups.

 

How can you access this program?
Community agencies and staff who work with youth can access our Concurrent Disorders Program by calling 905-795-3500 and asking for the Clinical Coordinator, Concurrent Disorders Program.

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops, Fall 2017

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Spring 2017

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Fall 2016

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Spring 2016

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Fall 2015

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Fall 2014

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Spring 2014

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Concurrent Disorders Workshops Fall 2013

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CD Workshops Winter, Spring 2013

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CD Workshops Fall 2012

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CD Workshop Training Series - Spring 2012

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Concurrent Disorders Fall 2011 workshops brochure

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