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Online course provides tools for COD certification

A 35-module online course, Focus on Integrated Treatment, when paired with clinic hours, provides clinicians with the training needed to achieve credentials in co-occurring disorders treatment.

A new online course for behavioral health professionals promises to offer some of the most comprehensive, Internet-based training available on integrated treatment for co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders.

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Additional information about FIT, including a listing of course modules and information about the Clinician Collection and Clinical Administrator Collection, can be found at hazelden.org/FIT.

Available through Hazelden, the 35-module Focus on Integrated Treatment course provides training in practitioner skills, clinical approaches, and administrative practices in implementing integrated care. Taken in conjunction with clinical hours, the FIT course provides the training needed towards certification as a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional.

Integrated treatment—the delivery of mental health and addiction treatment services by one team at one time in one setting—is the proven-effective, evidence-based approach to the treatment of co-occurring disorders.

Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center with the Center for Practice Innovations at Columbia Psychiatry developed the original FIT program for the state of New York with support from the New York State Office of Mental Health and New York State Office for Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services. The FIT program to be released this year has been adapted for national release by Hazelden, Dartmouth PRC's publisher of record.

Flexible program

The FIT course features expert-clinician panel discussions, clinical vignettes, skill demonstrations, interactive course elements, and videos of actual clients sharing their recovery stories. The online course is also available in separate module collections built around specific skills areas.

Along with the complete course offering, course participants can take the Clinician or the Clinical Administrator tracks or enroll in one or more of the separate themed groupings of modules. Module groupings include Screening and Assessment, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, or Integrated Treatment Planning.

Continuing education hours

Course participants receive continuing education hours through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium. To support the training of behavioral health professionals, Executive Director of IC&RC Mary Jo Mather says IC&RC, "made the unprecedented step of partnering with Hazelden, the leading publisher in education, treatment, and behavioral health. Focus on Integrated Treatment is specifically designed to improve practitioners' understanding of the integrated treatment of co-occurring disorders."

Through IC&RC, continuing education hours earned with FIT can be applied toward certification as a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional, Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional Diplomat, Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Clinical Supervisor.

Professional Development

continuing_ed_iconOur online courses will help you expand your knowledge about alcohol and drug addiction and mental health disorders.

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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