Occupational Therapy and Dual Diagnosis - OT24

Occupational Therapy and Dual Diagnosis

Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders

by Pat Precin, OTR/L, MS, LP
(4.3 / 184 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


The dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorders affects millions worldwide. The co-occurrence of these illnesses produces symptoms that affect daily functioning and interfere with occupational performance to a greater degree than a single diagnosis. Because these problems are more severe than those of clients with a single diagnosis, providing treatment for only one of the diagnoses or separate treatment is ineffective. The best practice treatment model is integrated treatment where both illnesses are treated simultaneously in the same setting by professionals trained in both areas of practice using a client-centered recovery model. OTs play a role in the assessment and treatment of clients with dual diagnosis.


The goal of this dual diagnosis continuing education program is to provide OTs with information about the definition, incidence, identification, and treatment of patients with dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define dual diagnosis and state its prevalence
  • Describe and assess the effect of dual diagnosis on occupational performance, health, and adaptive behavior
  • Explain how the Recovery Model can be adapted to treat the dual diagnosis population

Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Clinical Vignette & Narrative
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client factors
Domain of OT: Context and environment
OT Process: Intervention

Approval Information
Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 10/1/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/3/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/3/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Diana S - South Bend, IN  ·  Dec 31, 2018
interesting and educationally appropriate
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Erica S - Riverside, IL  ·  Dec 05, 2018
Good information to consider for this population
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Patrick D - Saint Petersburg, FL  ·  Aug 05, 2018
This course was enlightening.
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Chalawn M - Charlotte, NC  ·  Jun 25, 2018
I was unaware of some of the terms in this course. Great info!
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STACEY E - Newark, OH  ·  May 04, 2018
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50