10 hrs | $85.00

This course will assist counselors to create a shared and respectful partnership with clients who have been poorly served in the past by a system that divided addiction treatment and mental health services.

Certification Areas and Continuing Education: 10 Hours Total

Counselors will tell you that they rarely see clients who present with just one problem. Clients today have increasingly complex problems, often presenting with multiple addictions and/or disorders.

Strategies for Co-Occurring Disorders is based on the book Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders by Mark Sanders LCSW, CADC. Mark Sanders is not a detached clinician presenting theory. Rather, he is an insightful and gifted counselor drawing from his in-depth experience as he shares practical ways to adapt and tailor evidence based strategies to connect with individuals often referred to as “resistant.”

The new behavioral health model is designed to better serve a range of people who often slipped through the cracks in the past. This course is designed to help you better serve people who may be court mandated, diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder, suffer with PTSD or unresolved grief, are using highly addictive drugs, are adolescents, lack motivation to change, are chronic relapsers, or from diverse backgrounds.


Sanders, Mark (2011). Slipping Through the Cracks: Intervention Strategies for Clients with Multiple Addictions and Disorders..

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Student will identify treatment resistant populations and ways to adapt and tailor evidence-based strategies to their client’s specific needs and help them stay engaged in treatment.


  • Review the background of addiction recovery movements and how they are integrating with mental health.
  • Review specific disorders and circumstances that create greater challenges to treatment.
  • Learn how to blend grief therapy and trauma counseling into addiction treatment.
  • Learn to use tools such as motivational interviewing and motivational incentives
  • Utilize techniques to become credible in cross-cultural counseling.