Managing the Chaos of Co-Occurring Disorders: Diagnosis and Treatment of Clients Living with Multiple Diagnoses

Overview: The explosion of opioid addiction – and the tragedy of tens of thousands of overdose deaths – have dominated substance abuse treatment news for several years. As distressing as this is, it’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. With so much advancement in understanding and treatment, why is the puzzle of addiction still so difficult to solve? Part of the answer is that the majority of persons who struggle with substance problems battle at least one other diagnosable mental health challenge. This is the “chaos” of Co-Occurring Disorders, where synergy turns “1 + 1” into 3 or 4. In this presentation, we will explore useful information and skills for diagnosing and treating the challenging phenomenon of co-occurring disorders” (substance use problems combined with other mental health problems). Insights from Mindfulness-based treatment options – Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) will be highlighted. DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Use Disorders will be reviewed. This is a fun and discussion-friendly class. After attending this program, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the prevalence and causes of Co-Occurring Disorders (COD), in addition to the impact they have on clients and their loved ones.
  • Recognize the core principles of three Mindfulness-Based Therapies (ACT, DBT, MBCT) and the insights these therapies offer in the alleviation of human suffering.
  • Identify DSM 5 Diagnostic Criteria for Substance Use Disorders.

Who Should Attend: This professional continuing education workshop is designed for social workers, psychologists, therapists, counselors and other mental health professionals, and healthcare workers.

Featured Speaker: Jim LeCluyse is a licensed clinical social worker in both Kansas and Missouri, as well as a Master Addiction Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor. He has worked in the substance abuse and mental health fields since 1998. In his private practice his focus is on helping clients who struggle with chronic anxiety, depression and substance abuse using Mindfulness-based interventions (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy). He is happily married and has two lovely teenage daughters.

Continuing Education: Certificate of Attendance (3.0 CEU's). When: April 21, 2017 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Location: Old Mission United Methodist Church, (Hanson Hall), 5519 State Park Rd., Fairway, KS (The church is located at the intersection of Shawnee Mission Parkway and Mission Road on the eastside).

Registration: Workshop is $35.00. Pre-register only. Contact Stacy Davis to obtain registration form or visit If you have any questions and/or need translation or other accommodation, please contact Stacy Davis at by email or (913) 281-2221 ext. 112 at least 5 days prior to the workshop. Registration deadline is April 16, 2017.

Sponsored by: Mental Health America of the Heartland.