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Assessment and Treatment in Dual Diagnosis Module

Module code MHR 4622
Level Level 7
Start dateJanuary 4 2021
Course leader Daniella Collins


In spite of the high prevalence, high risks and poor outcomes associated with the co-morbidity of mental ill health and substance misuse (dual diagnosis), it is widely recognised that the skills required to effectively engage, screen, assess and treat such clients who present for treatment are largely limited.

This module will equip you with the knowledge concerning the role of engagement, screening and assessment and deepen the your understanding of effective evidence based interventions used in treatment to support the recovery of service users with dual diagnosis of mental health and substance use. This will be underpinned by theoretical evidence from a range of sources including psychiatry, nursing, social work, research evidence and service user experience.

This module is ideal for health care professionals, particularly those working in mental health settings where there is potential to interface with individuals with co-morbid mental health and substance use disorders.

Course content

On completion of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a service user focused approach to assessing a dual diagnosis client with mental health and substance use issues including the application of evidenced based screening/assessment tools relevant to this field
  2. Demonstrate excellence in understanding therapeutic group approaches, principles of group dynamics and group purposes with dual diagnosis service users and families/carers
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of risk assessment in all areas of practice.
  4. Critically analyse the relationship between substance use and MH problems (dual diagnosis) and how the interaction of symptoms and substances presents a challenge in assessments.
  5. Critically appraise the evidence base for interventions relevant in dual diagnosis (e.g. CBT, MI, Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness)

Learning and teaching

A variety of learning strategies will be used during this module. Lectures are interactive and may include videos, group discussion and student led seminars. For distance learning students there are online activities and opportunities to discuss topics on the discussion board.

You will be guided to supplement your lectures through additional flexible / self-directed learning via extensive module related materials on the virtual learning platform, My Learning. Lectures, seminars, and workshops will be interactive to encourage group discussion and student participation. Online  learning guides such as course materials and directed exercises will also be available as well as additional resources on substance use and mental illness and management and associated practice-based skills.

When not in class, you will be able to apply your new and developed skills and knowledge in your current organisation and further develop and reflect upon the classroom learning in practice.


Summative assessment scheme

Part one (50%): You will watch a comprehensive assessment of a role-play video where an assessment is carried out of a service user with dual diagnosis. You will be examined via viva voce (oral) exam based on the assessment of the role play video with the aim to assess knowledge of mental  health and substance use assessment procedures and skills including rationale for choice of assessment tools and risk assessment of clients with dual diagnosis.

The viva voce exam is 20 minutes long. Students with a disability (with supporting documentation from the University Dyslexia and Disability  Support Service) will receive an additional five minutes (25 minutes in total). (Learning outcome 1, 2 & 3).

Part two (50%): You'll be expected to submit a 2,500 words treatment essay that critically appraises one treatment intervention (Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Relapse Prevention, Mindfulness or Self-help recovery approaches) based on module content of interventions  taught. (Learning outcomes 3, 4 & 5)

Teaching dates

The current COVID-19 situation and ongoing uncertainty and challenges surrounding social distancing rules has impacted on how we deliver learning and teaching. To this end, all our short courses, modules and programmes will be delivered this autumn onwards through a mix of online/virtual and face to face modes.

  • Monday 4 January 2021
  • Monday 11 January 2021
  • Monday 18 January 2021
  • Monday 25 January 2021
  • Monday 1 February 2021
  • Monday 8 February 2021
  • Monday 15 February 2021
  • Monday 22 February 2021
  • Monday 1 March 2021
  • Monday 8 March 2021
  • Monday 15 March 2021
  • Monday 22 March 2021

How to apply

To be eligible for this module, you must provide evidence of  ability to study at Level 7.

Apply for this module by completing our application form.

Fees and funding

The fees* below refer to the 2020/21 academic year unless otherwise stated.

Per credit: £60
30 credits: £1,800

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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