Advancing the Concepts of Stages of Change and Treatment for Individuals with Co-occurring Disorders
Change is much easier said than done and is impacted in every contact that professionals and supports have with people faced with making health behavior change. As a follow-up to training on conducting integrated assessment for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders on August 9, it is important to assess the impact of the person’s readiness. The differences between stage of change and stage of treatment will be highlighted and the importance of understanding factors that enhance or reduce motivation will be discussed as they relate to development of care and treatment plans. Clinicians are well aware that a comprehensive assessment provides the foundation for treatment planning and interventions. Undertaking an integrated assessment of mental health symptoms and substance use typically adds complexity and challenges. This presentation will focus on the tools and strategies that can shape an assessment that goes beyond simply rehashing or gathering history.
Erwin Concepcion, PhD, LP
Erwin Concepcion, PhD, LP, has over 20 years of clinical and administrative experience in psychology. Dr. Concepcion has specialized in clinical consultation and practice focusing on individuals with mental health conditions who also present with co-occurring conditions related to brain injury and substance use disorders. He has practiced in a variety of care settings including physical medicine and rehabilitation, outpatient mental health, medical centers, and state psychiatric programs. Currently, Dr. Concepcion is involved in helping to bridge DHS State Operated Services and the Department’s Adult Mental Health policy division in implementing best practices.