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Dartmouth PRC joins as regular contributor

By the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Dartmouth PRC-Hazelden logoBeginning this month, the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center will appear as a regular contributor to the Behavioral Health Evolution website. In this column, we'll answer questions about implementing interventions for those with co-occurring disorders, consider emerging issues in treating mental illness, and look at promising research. We hope to give readers the chance to hear our experts' perspectives on integrating treatment services, managing screening and assessment, understanding interventions for a variety of mental health disorders including PTSD, and helping clients define and manage their own recoveries, among many other topics.

Founded in 1987, the Dartmouth PRC conducts interdisciplinary research on services for people who have mental illness and co-occurring disorders. The PRC specializes in developing effective interventions under research conditions then translating these interventions into actual mental health and addiction service practices and evaluating their effectiveness in routine practice settings. PRC research incorporates multiple scientific perspectives, such as clinical, economic, and ethnographic. Today we're one of the leading research centers specializing in the development of psychosocial rehabilitation interventions for persons with mental illness.

In 2009, the PRC and Hazelden formed a partnership to develop a variety of resources for mental health and addiction treatment professionals. Appearing under the Dartmouth-Hazelden imprint, these resources include curricula, trainings, and multimedia tools. The resources reflect PRC's research and the latest evidence-based practices for working with those with mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Under this imprint, the center has released its Co-occurring Disorders Program, and in the coming months, we will be bringing out the updated and expanded editions of our evidence-based programs for treating people with severe mental illness-- Integrated Dual Disorders Treatment, Illness Management and Recovery, and Supported Employment. Housing First, the Pathways model for working with the homeless, will also appear under this imprint.

Like these materials, the Dartmouth PRC column addresses professionals working in a broad range of settings for mental health and addiction treatment. We aim to provide the information and tools clinicians need to help people identify and understand their disorders and get the help they need to live healthy lives.

For more information about the center and the work we do, you can visit our website and see a full list of current projects and the names of our researchers and staff members.

We are pleased to participate in the Behavioral Health Evolution website and to have this chance to speak to you, the professionals in the field. We look forward to hearing your input.

Please send your coments and feedback to bhevolutioninfo@hazelden.org.

Professional Development

Hazelden offers many courses to help you expand your knowledge about alcohol and drug addiction and mental health disorders, including:

Focus on Integrated Treatment:
This webinar provides an overview of FIT and explains its role in providing the tools and training needed to become certified to treat clients with co-occurring disorders.
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