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SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH CONDITIONS: CO-OCCURRING - Strategies for supporting people with co-occurring AOD and mental health issues.

Alison Bell, Registered Nurse, BA (Psychology), Diploma Mental Health and Drug and Alcohol Certificate IV Training and Assessment
One Full day
Audio and Video
Jun 30, 2020
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The challenges associated with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse conditions have been of increasing concern for individuals, support networks and a range of services such as mental health and AOD services. The potential for enormous personal cost to the individual and their support network is great, with evidence of a higher incidence of hospitalisation, greater risk of homelessness, higher rates of criminal activity, poorer treatment outcomes, poorer health status, lower life expectancy, and increased rates of completed suicide compared to people experiencing mental health condition or substance abuse alone.

The aim of this one-day workshop is to increase the awareness of the impact of co-occurring substance use and mental health conditions.  The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to gain skills for supporting people to reduce the impact of AOD and mental health conditions on their lives.

Comprehensive resource notes are provided to all participants for reference during and following the training. There will be opportunities for participants to practice and reflect on skills throughout the workshop.


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Alison Bell has a background in Nursing and Psychology and has worked in the alcohol and other drug and mental health fields since 1987. She has been facilitating training on topics including Motivational Interviewing, mental health, addictions and gambling. Known as an enthusiastic and engaging trainer with a passion for providing participants with an opportunity to reflect on their work practices and to enhance their skills for supporting people to change. Alison has been involved in the development of motivational interviewing since 1989, when she became involved in researching the clinical application of the model in collaboration with Dr Stephen Rollnick at the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre. Alison has published a number of papers and book chapters, particularly in relation to the application of motivational interviewing in health care settings. Having conducted hundreds of training courses on motivational interviewing for a broad range of groups, Alison is considered to be among the leading trainers on this subject in Australia

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Alison Bell is the director of Bell MHT Training Consultancy Services. She receives compensation as a consultant. Alison Bell receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Alison Bell has no relevant non-financial relationships.



  1. Understand the impact of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions on people and their care network.
  2. Describe the effects of AOD on mental health.
  3. Explain the interaction between substance use and mental health medications.
  4. Describe approaches for screening and assessment of AOD and mental health conditions.
  5. Explain the application of person-centred practice when supporting a person living with co-occurring mental health and AOD issues.
  6. Understand the guiding principles for supporting people with co-existing mental health and substance abuse conditions.
  7. Describe strategies to support a co-ordinated approach for supporting people living with mental health and substance abuse conditions​

“Understanding and reducing the impacts of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions is important for professionals working with people who present to a range of health and community service settings.”       Alison Bell


How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • Gain a greater understanding of the impact of co-existing AOD and mental health conditions
  • Increase confidence in assessing and addressing co-occurring AOD and mental health issues
  • Develop strategies for taking an integrated approach when working with people living with AOS and mental health conditions.


 Session 1 

  • The prevalence and impact of co-occurring AOD and mental health conditions
  • Understanding the effects of AOD on mental health and wellbeing
  • Exploring the interaction between AOD and prescribed medications
  • Screening and assessing for AOD and mental health conditions​

Session 2 

  • Engaging people to reduce the impact of AOD on mental health
  • Guiding principles for supporting people living with co-existing AOD and mental health conditions
  • Taking a co-ordinated approach to supporting people living with AOD and mental health conditions.

Evaluation and quiz - your payment includes a quiz which when completed with a minimum of 80% correct answers, will enable you to download your Attendance Certificate.
To complete the quiz, please log into your account at and click the orange "Certificate" button under the program's title. 

Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of professionals who encounter people with alcohol and other drug issues and mental health conditions.
This is accessible and relevant for any professionals faced with these issues working psychology and counselling practice, or services such as mental health, alcohol and other drugs, child protection, justice, medical (eg: GPs, Nurses), student counselling, centrelink, and many more.

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