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Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) GradCert

Learn about the course below
September 2017
One day per week for 10 weeks full-time
One day per week for 24 weeks part-time
Full-time via on campus learning
Part-time via distance learning
See the Fees and funding tab
Course leader
Dani Collins

Develop specialist skills for treating people with mental health and substance use problems in our short course – the first of its kind in Europe – aimed at a wide range of practitioners looking to advance into more senior leadership roles.

Why study GradCert Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we recognise the needs and challenges for mental health practitioners working with substance users in a wide range of settings. That's why we have developed this course to be beneficial for professionals working in a diverse range of sectors including health, primary care, community care, the prisons service, volunteering, government agencies, education, youth work, social work and allied health.

Taught by an experienced practitioner and researcher who remains actively involved in mental healthcare, this course will enable you to advance your knowledge, skills and critical thinking to master complex decision making in practice and prepare you for more senior leadership roles within your profession.

Available either on campus or via distance learning to fit around your schedule, this course will challenge you to reflect and evolve your current practice with particular focus on such key areas as policy and legislation, substance use patterns, evidenced based screening and assessment tools, and dual diagnosis treatment interventions.

Armed with this valuable knowledge you will not only enhance your practice and expand your career prospects but gain substantial academic credits to put towards obtaining a Postgraduate Degree in a related subject.

What will you study on the GradCert Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis)?

This short course is structured to enable you to maintain your professional employment while studying either by attending weekly study days at our London campus over 10 weeks or via distance learning over 24 weeks.

The two modules included in this course are:

Each module can be studied as a stand-alone CPD module or as part of another award, such as the MSc Mental Health Studies (for Level 7).

Through a series of lectures, seminars and online resources you will explore the following subjects:

  • Political and economic factors in contemporary dual diagnosis health and social care practice
  • Policy and legislation and its application to the field of dual diagnosis
  • Key mental health and addiction theories
  • Substance use prevalence and patterns
  • Evidenced based screening and assessment tools
  • Clinical co-occurring conditions of mental illness and substance use
  • Application and transferability of engagement and screening skills
  • Specific dual diagnosis treatment interventions and their effectiveness


Each module involves variety of assessments including coursework, reports, case studies, viva voce assessment, critical appraisal of leadership and service-related research projects.

Students enrolled on distance learning modules will access the course learning materials and discussions via the University's student portal and virtual learning environment, Unihub, which is available 24/7. Tutorial support will be provided via email, telephone and video conferencing to all distance learning students during term time.

  1. Qualifications
  2. How to apply

There are several funding options available:

  • receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • paying your own fees
  • sponsorship by your employer (but not under a CPPD contract).

For more information for any of these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

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