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Dec. 13 Mental Health 101 program about co-disorders PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 10:11
PERRYSBURG - Thirty-seven percent of alcohol abusers and 53 percent of drug abusers have at least one serious mental illness.  "Co-occurring disorders" is the term that describes this double burden.  Individuals with this dual diagnosis are less likely to use their prescribed medication and more susceptible to homelessness or incarceration. Co-occurring disorders make life difficult not only for those diagnosed but also for their families and communities.
That's why NAMI Wood County (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is devoting its Dec. 13 "Mental Health 101" program to dual diagnosis. The program is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BGSU Levis Commons site.
The seminar costs $40 per participant, including lunch. Continuing education units will be available for all attendees. Call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626 to register.
Local mental health clinicians, health care professionals, and academics will present information that will expand attendees' knowledge of assessing and treating dual diagnosis, the DSM-V's (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for psychiatrists) definition of dual diagnosis, and dual diagnosis of adolescents
Presenters include Harold Rosenberg, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University; Francesca Leass, MSSA, LISW-S program coordinator at the Children's Resource Center; Connie Cameron, RN, MSN, CNS, advanced practice psychiatric nurse at Family Services of Northwest Ohio; Dr. Jay Stewart, vocational specialist at Stress Care Behavioral Health; Laura Feeney, LISW, adult and adolescent clinician at Behavioral Connections of Wood County; and D. Scott Acus, MA, MSW, LISW-S LICDC-CS, manager of outpatient services at Behavioral Connections of Wood County.

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