Focus on Integrated Treatment

February 8 2012 11:00 AM ET, 10:00 AM ET

Focus on Integrated Treatment (FIT) is an innovative online training program designed to help addiction treatment and mental health professionals develop the skills to work effectively with clients who have co-occurring disorders.  FIT uses real-world videos, simulations, and highly interactive methods to engage clinicians in mastering content about co-occurring disorders and practicing the evidence-based practices needed for effective integrated treatment. Studies show that integrated treatment—the evidence-based practice of addressing a person’s co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders at the same time, in the same setting, with the same clinician(s)—is the most effective service strategy available for those with co-occurring disorders. This webinar provides an overview of FIT and explains its role in providing the tools and training needed to become a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) or a Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional Diplomate (CCDPD) through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).   

About the speaker

Mark P. McGovern, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at the Dartmouth Medical School 
Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center

Dr. McGovern is an internationally known specialist in the treatment and research of co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. He received a career development award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for the purpose of developing, testing, and transferring evidence-based treatments to community settings for persons with co-occurring substance use and psychiatric disorders. He also received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to form and foster a multi-state collaborative among addiction and mental health systems and treatment providers who are striving to improve the chances of recovery for their patients with cooccurring disorders. Dr. McGovern is currently the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, the only scientific journal dedicated to the treatment of addictive disorders.

Matthew R. Merrens, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Dartmouth Medical School

Matthew R. Merrens, PhD, is Professor of Psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School and the Co-Director of the Dartmouth Evidence-Based Practices Center.  He joined the Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center (PRC) in 2001 after many years at the State University of New York where he authored a number of books in general, social, personality and developmental psychology.  At the PRC he has edited publications, web pages, written articles on evidence-based mental health practices and has directed a consultation, training and dissemination center. 


Dave Parcher
Co-Occurring Disorders Committee Chair

Dave Parcher, LCPC, LPCMH, CCS, CCDPD has 27 years of experience in direct service provision, and behavioral health program development, implementation, and management for persons with co-occurring substance dependence, mental health and other co-morbidities such as HIV/AIDS. He serves as Executive Director and senior clinical supervisor for an organization providing treatment and prevention services to persons with these co-occurring disorders and provides training seminars for the State of Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health.