Dual Diagnosis: Dealing with Double Trouble


Estimated watch time: 47 mins 

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Objectives and Summary:

Dual diagnosis refers to co-occurring disorder wherein both substances and mood/anxiety or other mental health functions are at issue. When this occurs, the standard of care has to be concurrent treatment, rather than treating one facet as primary. 

After watching this presentation, the viewer will:
  • Understand how to deal more effectively with dual diagnosis difficulties.
  • Increase efficacy with dual diagnosis populations.
  • Gain tips and techniques useful in the moment of treatment episodes.

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About the Presenter:

Darlene Viggiano earned her PhD in Psychology from Saybrook University in 2010. She has her own telehealth private practice and was originally licensed in 1999. Darlene works with Adults Molested as Children, Batterers’ Intervention, Dual Diagnosis, Infidelity and Perinatal Substance Abuse, Anger Management, Couples Communication, Hypnosis, and Mindful Movement.

She is a certified member and consultant of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has presented and done workshops in Jungian and Transpersonal Psychology and authored two books–Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their role in spiritual emergence processes, and Carrying On: A workbook for women who’ve lost a pregnancy.

Darlene is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and held membership in the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the American Psychological Association Division 30 (Hypnosis), from which she won an Early Career Contribution Award.

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