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Professional Addiction Studies

Building holistic skills for health professionals.

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ADD 211 - Concurrent Disorders- Winter 2021

Academic Credit Value:
3 units
Course Delivery Mode:
Hours of Study:
42 hours
Course Prerequisite(s):
Admission to teh Professional Addiction Studies Program;
Course Anti-requisite(s):
Instructor Name:
Course Dates:
01/11/2021 - 03/21/2021

Required Course Materials:
Atkins, C. (2014). Co-occurring disorders: Integrated assessment and treatment of substance use and mental disorders. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing & Media.
Optional Course Materials:
Course Description:
This course prepares students to understand the complexity of mental health disorders and substance use, and the interactional relationships between them.  Students will learn the prevalence of concurrent disorders, the importance of screening for both mental health and substance use, and the benefits of treating both concurrently.
Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, students will:
1. Describe the interaction between mental health disorders and addiction.
2. Examine how various types of mental health disorders and substance use have a strong co-morbidity rate and the effect on the individual.
3. identify current best practices in screening, assessment, and treatment.
4. screen and assess clients for both substance use and mental health disorders (DSM).
5. examine the treatment process and specific therapeutic approaches.
6. identify services that address the capacity for treatment of concurrent disorders.
7. identify how stigma affects the provision of treatment to this population.

Course Evaluation
The final grade is calculated based on the following components:
Discussions (20%)
Quizzes (30%)
Assignment 1: Concurrent Disorders (30%)
Assignment 2: Research Article Review (20%)

Course Format:
This course is designed to present the fundamental concepts and theories in Concurrent Disorders and promote the application to the workplace and professional practice. Course activities will include instructor presentations, required readings and experiential learning activities (i.e. case studies, group discussions, projects, etc.).
Assignment Submission:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date
Late Coursework:
Course assignments are submitted to the appropriate A2L Assignment folder by the specified due date.

Policy & Procedures:

Academic Regulations (Attendance, Coursework, Tests/Exams):
In accordance to McMaster University’s General Academic Regulations, “it is imperative that students make every effort to meet the originally scheduled course requirements and it is a student’s responsibility to write examinations as scheduled.” Therefore, all students are expected to attend and complete the specific course requirements (i.e. attendance, assignments, and tests/exams) listed in the course outline on or by the date specified. Students who need to arrange for coursework accommodation, as a result of medical, personal or family reasons, must contact the course instructor within 48 hours of the originally scheduled due date. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the Program Manager to discuss accommodations and procedures related to deferred tests and/or examinations within 48 hours of the originally scheduled test/exam, as per policy. Failure to contact the course instructor, in the case of missed coursework, or the Program Manager, in the case of a missed test/examination, within the specified 48-hour window will result in a grade of zero (0) on the coursework/exam and no further consideration will be granted.

*Note: Supporting documentation will be required but will not ensure approval of accommodation(s).
Academic Integrity

You are expected to exhibit honesty and use ethical behaviour in all aspects of the learning process. Academic credentials you earn are rooted in principles of honesty and academic integrity. Academic dishonesty is to knowingly act or fail to act in a way that results or could result in unearned academic credit or advantage. This behaviour can result in serious consequences, e.g. the grade of zero on an assignment, loss of credit with a notation on the transcript (notation reads: “Grade of F assigned for academic dishonesty”), and/or suspension or expulsion from the university.

It is your responsibility to understand what constitutes academic dishonesty. For information on the various types of academic dishonesty please refer to the Academic Integrity Policy, located at

The following illustrates only three forms of academic dishonesty:
Plagiarism, e.g. the submission of work that is not one’s own or for which other credit has been obtained.
Improper collaboration in-group work.
Copying or using unauthorized aids in tests and examinations.

Academic Accommodations:
Students with disabilities who require academic accommodations must contact the Student Accessibility Centre (SAS) to meet with an appropriate Disability Services Coordinator. To contact SAS, phone 905-525-9140 ext. 28652, or email For further information, consult McMaster University’s Policy for Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.
On-line Elements:
In this course, we will be using on-line elements, which may include email, Avenue to Learn, WebEX, and external web sites.  Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become apparent to all other students in the same course. The available information is dependent on the technology used. Continuation in this course will be deemed consent to this disclosure. If you have any questions or concerns about such disclosure please discuss this with the course instructor
In this course, we will be using a web-based service ( to reveal plagiarism. Students will be expected to submit their work electronically to and in hard copy so that it can be checked for academic dishonesty. Students who do not wish to submit their work to must still submit a copy to the instructor. No penalty will be assigned to a student who does not submit work to All submitted work is subject to normal verification that standards of academic integrity have been upheld (e.g., on-line search, etc.). To see the Policy, please go to McMaster Academic Integrity Policy.
Course Changes:
The instructor reserves the right to modify elements of the course and will notify students accordingly.
Course Withdrawal Policy:
Policies related to dropping a course and course withdrawals are posted to the Centre for Continuing Education’s program webpage, FAQs & Policies (
Grading Scale:


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Course Schedule:

Module Topics


1 - Historical Context and Key Terms

2 - System Perspectives

3 - Client and Family Perspectives

Discussion 1

Assignment 1:
Concurrent Disorders- Part A

4 - Prevalence

Quiz 1

5 - Best Practices

Assignment 2:

Research Article Review

6 - Comprehensive Assessment - Part I

Discussion 2

7 - Comprehensive Assessment - Part II

Quiz 2

8 - Approaches with Specific Disorders - Part I

9 - Approaches with Specific Disorders - Part II

Assignment 1:
Concurrent Disorders- Part B

10 - Approaches with Specific Disorders - Part III

Quiz 3