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Assessment and Treatment in Dual Diagnosis Module

Learn about the course below
Level 6 module MHR 3622
Level 7 module MHR 4622
January 2020
10 weeks
Full-time on campus or online
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Course leader
Daniela Collins

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

Develop specialist knowledge and enhance your skills for working with people who have mental health and substance misuse problems through our short course designed for a wide range of professionals including social workers, health workers, teachers, and prison officers.

Why study the Assessment and Treatment in Dual Diagnosis Module at Middlesex University?

At Middlesex we recognise the contemporary challenges of working with people who suffer from mental health and substance misuse in a wide range of settings, from housing to prisons and schools. That's why we have developed this course to be beneficial for professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds including healthcare, government agencies, education, probation and more.

Taught by experienced practitioners who specialise in substance abuse and remain actively involved in mental healthcare, this course will equip you with the crucial knowledge you need to engage with, screen, assess and treat sufferers using a range of effective evidence-based interventions. 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 risk assessment, relapse prevention, self-help approaches and family involvement.

Armed with this valuable knowledge you will not only enhance your employment prospects but gain substantial academic credits to put towards obtaining a Graduate Certificate or Postgraduate Certificate in Dual Diagnosis or any other relevant degree programme.

What will you study on Assessment and Treatment in Dual Diagnosis Module?

This short course is structure to enable you to maintain your professional employment while studying either by attending lectures at our London campus over 10 weeks or via distance learning of approximately 10 hours self-directed study per week for 24 weeks.

Depending on which route you choose, you will explore the following subjects through a series of lectures, online resources and seminars:

  • Introduction to assessment
  • Mental health assessment
  • Substance misuse assessment
  • Combining mental health and substance misuse assessment
  • Assessment of physical health
  • Assessment of risk
  • Strengths approach
  • Mental health treatment
  • Substance misuse treatment
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Relapse prevention
  • Cognitive-Behavioural Integrated Treatment (C-BIT)
  • Twelve-step and self-help approaches
  • Group work
  • Involving families and carers
  • Different settings and populations


Distance Learning students will receive feedback on their postings to discussion boards and their contributions to their electronic learning journal. Campus-based students will present and participate in seminar discussion groups throughout the module.

In addition, Level 6 students will be assessed via:

  • 2,000 word essay offering a critical discussion on the key principles of conducting a Dual Diagnosis assessment (50% of final grade)
  • 2 written critiques of 1,000 words each, for 2 of the interventions covered in the module (50% of final grade)

Level 7 students will be assessed via:

  • 2,500 word critical review of an assessment of a Dual Diagnosis client that the student has conducted/participated in (50% of final grade)
  • 2,500 word critique of a videotaped session (50% of final grade)

The final grade is an aggregate of the two grades.

  1. Qualifications
  2. How to apply

The fees* below refer to the 2019/20 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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