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Friday,​ February 11, 2022

Assessment and Treatment of Co-Occurring Disorders

 in Substance Use Treatment

Date: Friday, February 11, 2022

Time: 9a-5pm (Program)

Type: Live Webinar

Credits: 6.5 CEUs (NY​S LMSWs, LCSWs, LMHCs, LMFTs, Psychologists)

Location: Zoom

Instructor: Paul Brasler, LCSW, CAIP

Cost: $ 199 Individual, $ 119 Early Bird (register by 1/30/22), $109 Super Saver (register by 12/31/21), $60 Grad Students,

$99 3+ Group Rate (each, same organization)

[*Larger groups (same organization) – call for Special Rates*]


Our patients’ needs do not match the education we received. Most of us received a lot of information about mental health in our education programs, and little-to-no information on substance use disorder (addiction). Other clinicians received the opposite: Information on SUD but little on mental health. Our work, however, shows us that most clients with SUD have at least some mental health issues (especially if we include trauma-related disorders), and many clients with mental health issues have problems with SUD. This course provides an understanding of the interplay of mental health and SUD, focusing on assessment and appropriate interventions for your clients with co-occurring disorders.


• Explain the basic neurobiology of addictive chemicals

• Describe the signs and symptoms of substance intoxication, and distinguish withdrawal syndromes for each drug class

• Perform a clinical assessment to distinguish substance use disorder from other mental health disorders and inform the clinician’s choice of treatment interventions

• Understand the interaction between SUB and mental illness

• Analyze the various levels of substance use treatment, including medication-assisted therapies

• Utilize clinical strategies, such as motivational interviewing, to improve client engagement 

SPEAKER: Paul Brasler, MA, LCSW

Paul became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2002. He is the owner of Providence Consulting & Education, L.L.C., through 

which he provides clinical supervision and professional education services across the country. He is also the Behavioral Health Addiction Specialist with the SUPPORT Grant Team at the Department of Medical Assistance Services (Virginia Medicaid), where 

he provides training and technical assistance for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs across Virginia. 

Additionally, Paul conducts psychiatric and substance use disorder assessments in area emergency departments, and he provides 

Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy as part of a small medical practice.

Prior to this Paul was the head of behavioral health for Daily Planet Health Services, a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides comprehensive and integrated healthcare and mental health services (including Medication-Assisted Opioid Treatment) in Richmond, Virginia. Paul has extensive experience in working with people in crisis and people living with SUD, including community mental health settings, hospital settings, Juvenile Drug Court, private practice, foster care, and adolescent residential treatment.

Paul has presented classes on Mental Health Emergencies, High-Risk Clients, and a certification course for clinicians working with people with substance use disorder across the county. His first book, High-Risk Clients: Evidence-Based Assessment & Clinical Tools to Recognize and Effectively Respond to Mental Health Crises, PESI publishing, was published in August 2019. 

Paul lives in Richmond, Virginia, with his family.

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