MHA103 – Understanding Concurrent Disorders


Admission Requirements
  • Grade 12 or OSSD Equivalent
  • Mature Student with Wonderlic SLE min. cut score minimum 14 on test

Delivery Mode: Online
Textbook: Concepts of Chemical Dependency, 10th Edition 2019 Nelson Publishing

Course Fees: $485.00 (with eTextbook)
Other Compulsory Fees: Registration Fee: $100.00, Shipping/Handling Fee $61.00
Additional Cost: Textbook $175.00 (Hard Copy)
Course Hours: 60 Hours
Course Intake: Every Monday
Department: PT – Continuing Education


In this subject, students will be provided with an overview of concurrent disorders, and be  introduced to treatments options about substance use and mental health problems and how they interact.  Students will also learn about the impact on families and social supports and explore treatment and support for people affected by concurrent disorders.


North Bay Campus or Online –

Knowledge Competencies

Describes and demonstrates knowledge and skills required to properly inform more specific aspects of a professional’s work with clients with co-occurring substance use and mental illness or substance use and mental health issues.

Explains a beginning understanding:

  • What is meant by mental health and mental illness and the difference between them
  • Factors that contribute to their presence in the general and in specific populations and cultures
  • The stigma that is often associated with mental illness and mental health issues, and how that may vary in different populations and cultures
  • The relationship between mental illness and mental health issues and co-occurring substance use
  • That many substance use clients have co-occurring mental illness or mental health issues
  • That many substance use clients have histories of trauma, which can have an impact on their substance use and treatment

Describes how concurrent disorders impact problem gambling and drug addiction.

Explains that substance use professionals need to:

  • Learn about mental illness and mental health issues
  • Know of and use the most important evidence-informed references and resources that should inform their learning, including for example, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder, the Mental Health Act, mental status examinations
  • Understand that family, social support and a host of other broad determinants of health can either contribute to or protect against the development of concurrent disorders
  • Practice within the confines of their knowledge and consult and collaborate with others as required
  • Engages with all clients, their families and social supports courteously, responsively and non-judgmentally.
  • Supports or assists other more senior internal professionals working with clients with concurrent disorders of varying levels of severity