Substance Abuse & Mental Health Interventions

Dual Diagnosis Training ONLINE & Live (12 Hr Advanced)

Presenter: George Patriki

This advanced training covers all of the current evidence based, best practice in the Alcohol & Other Drugs (AOD) and Mental Health from an integrated, holistic framework. This training will equip workers to be able to deliver brief & early interventions to people struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues, as well as advanced AOD & Mental Health psychotherapeutic skills.

Module 1. Drugs & Effects

  • Cycle of Addiction
  • Alcohol
  • Drink & Drug Driving
  • Tobacco
  • Cannabis
  • Stimulants (Speed, Ice, Ecstasy, Cocaine)
  • Inhalants (volatile substances)

Module 2. Addictions & Mental Health

  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Integrative Holistic Model
  • Needs & Underlying Issues that drive addictions

Module 3. Harm Minimisation & Optimal Health

  • Pharmacotherapies
  • Orthomolecular Science, Functional Medicine & Optimal Health

Module 4. Neuropharmacology & Neurophysiology (Brain Works)

  • Neuroplasticity
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Psychosis vs Dissociation
  • Psychospirituality

Module 5. Trauma model & Keys to Treatment

  • Guilt vs Shame
  • Dealing with ambivalence

Module 6. Brief & Early Intervention and Tripod of Support

  • Stages of Change
  • Costs vs Benefits – doing a brief intervention

Learning objectives

  • Understand the underlying issues behind addictions as well as holistic intervention. (Refer to diagram over the page)
  • Understand the neurophysiology of addictions and brain development.
  • Neuroplasticity (latest developments)
  • Psychopharmacology
  • The Cycle of Addiction & Stages of Change
  • The Grief Cycle & Anger / Hatred
  • Brief & Early Intervention, treatment matching, pharmacotherapies & motivational interviewing
  • Working with treatment resistant clients

Presenter details
George Patriki began reaching out to people with substance abuse issues, soon after exiting the drug culture in 1983. Since 1992, he has developed this commitment into a full time vocation and career as a Dual Diagnosis Consultant on the Gold Coast and throughout Australia.

George has spent countless hours helping thousands of people affected by drug & alcohol issues as well as concurrent mental health.

George is committed to reaching out to people struggling with addictive behaviours, particularly those with severe life controlling problems due to significant trauma. He works in areas of court advocacy, counselling, outreach, running community forums, seminars and recovery groups for drug users (including dual & multiple diagnosis) and their loved ones.

George’s areas of specialty include:
Psycho-dynamic & Trauma Model Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Motivational Interviewing Solution Focused Therapy Narrative Therapy Brief and Early Intervention Qualifications include: Diploma in Alcohol & Other Drugs Diploma Mental Health Diploma Counselling Diploma Comorbidity (AOD & Mental Health) Gr Cert Health: Addiction Studies Cert IV T.A.A. (Training And Assessment) Diploma Management Diploma Community Welfare Cert IV Community Development Cert IV Assessment & Workplace Training

George has Accreditation with Victorian Department of Human Services as a Clinical Drug Assessor. George conducts basic & advanced training in AOD & mental health issues and delivers RPL assessment, training & upskilling in Certificate IV and Diploma in Community Services. He also offers clinical supervision.

This Dual Diagnosis Training is available live and dates are listed at the bottom of our website

It is also available ONLINE through the following link which will offer you a lifetime access to the training program that you can work through at your own pace.
This course costs more on the learning platform, however people may receive a discount from us by using our token below to purchase the course for only $195 for a limited time.

This event counts as (12 hours of category A CPD for the live component and 10 hours of category B CPD for self paced online training) for PACFA’s membership renewal requirements.