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Chemical Health Webinar

Webinar IconVinland is pleased to announce the next webinar in our new chemical health webinar series. The series offers valuable information on chemical health services for individuals living with cognitive disabilities. The free webinars are held quarterly, with recordings available for viewing on our website here.

Registration is currently open for the next webinar in the series. Registered attendees will receive 1 CEU credit.

Mental Health Screening with Chemically Dependent and Brain Injured Clients
Presented by Dr. Thomas Sawyer, Psy. D., Psychologist at Vinland Center
When: Thursday, June 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Cost: FREE
Register: Click Here
Overview: Approximately 8.9 million adults in the U.S. have co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. For individuals with a substance use disorder, up to half also have mental health issues. Co-occurring disorders interact, negatively impacting an individual’s chance at recovery.
Integrated treatment that addresses mental health and substance use conditions at the same time is associated with lower costs and better outcomes. The mental health screening is an important first step in the integrated treatment process.
  • Review the key components of a mental health screening.
  • Understand the connection between substance abuse and mental health issues.
  • Explore how mental health diagnosis impacts substance abuse treatment.
Speaker: Dr. Thomas Sawyer is a licensed psychologist. He has been serving clients at Vinland Center since 2008, and he maintains a private practice he started in 2001. He has a background of working with individuals experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Before earning his doctorate degree, he was a certified chemical dependency counselor. Previously, he worked as the Associate Director at Abbott Northwestern’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic and as the Executive Director at The Bridge for Youth, both in Minneapolis.

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