Many people who experience mental health concerns also live with an addiction. While working with multiple issues at the same time is complicated, recovery from both of these issues is possible with an integrated, person-centred, and trauma-informed approach. This workshop provides a framework for assisting people to move forward with healthy ways of coping. Participants will explore the experience of living with an addiction and mental health concerns, be provided with an understanding of contributing and protective factors, and learn how to integrate strategies in a way that respects the person and supports their health.

About This Workshop

Some of the Topics Included

  • The Words We Use Matter
  • Beliefs and Assumptions That Impact Our Ability to Support
  • Exploring Stigma, Silence, and Shame
  • Links Between Addictions and Mental Health
  • Key Considerations for Being Helpful
  • Getting to Know the Person Outside of the Problem
  • How an Integrated Approach Works
  • Screening for Addictions and Mental Health Concerns
  • Setting Realistic and Achievable Goals
  • Collaborative Intervention Strategies
  • Assessing and Promoting Readiness for Change
  • Safety and Harm Reduction
  • Skills for Emotional Regulation

Target Audience

This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, counsellors, social workers, school personnel, and anyone working with those who struggle with both addictions and mental health.

Method of Delivery

Presentation, video, case study exercises, personal reflection, and small group discussions.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the impact of stigma, silence, and shame
  • Describe theories of change from both a mental health and addictions perspective
  • Address individual needs from a unified, person-centred perspective
  • Describe steps for working collaboratively with people on both mental health and addictions
  • Integrate treatment approaches from both the mental health and addiction fields