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New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

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Understanding Co-Occurring Disorders in the Context of CRSW Scope of Practice

  • May 08, 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • 130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150, Concord, NH 03301
  • 11


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:

A 3-Hour Training with Dr. Foad Afshar

May 8, 2023


PRESENTATION: In the course of their work helping individuals with SUDs in their recovery, CRSWs inevitably confront a multitude of mental health concerns that the clients bring with them. These Co-Occurring Disorders (CODs) can significantly impact treatment compliance and outcomes. Lack of familiarity with mental health disorders and how they comingle with SUDs can confound the effectiveness of CRSWs’ work and create additional unnecessary complications.

The purpose of this training is to familiarize CRSWs with various mental health issues that are most commonly co-morbid with SUDs, help clarify the important role a CRSW may play in screening and referring individuals for appropriate services to maximize treatment success, and to examine ethical considerations when dealing with CODs.

As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  1. List various psychiatric disorder that commonly are associated with SUDs;
  2. Describe the importance of screening and referral of individuals to appropriate treatment providers;
  3. Explain their observations with the client and other providers without engaging in diagnosis or treatment of such conditions; and
  4. Recognize the ethical considerations and limitations in scope of practice when addressing CODs

ABOUT THE PRESENTER: Dr. Afshar has been a professional psychotherapist, trainer and educator for over 35 years.  He received his Doctorate in Professional Psychology (Psy.D.) from California Coast University, his Masters in Counseling from Harvard University and his Bachelors in Psychology from U.Mass-Boston. He is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and School Psychologist. He is also a certified School Principle, and School Counselor.  

Dr. Afshar has been a Director of Special Education & Guidance for SAU #37 & 50, Director of Guidance & Advising for Pinkerton Academy has taught courses in Psychology, Mental Health Counseling, Special Education, School Guidance and Psychology of Design at the graduate and undergraduate levels for the past 35 years. Dr. Afshar’s professional experience in addiction and recovery includes both clinical work as the Admissions Director of the Drug Addiction Rehabilitation Center (Later Dorchester Counseling Center) in Dorchester as well Associate Executive Director and Clinical Director of Noddle’s Island Multi-service Agency in East Boston, Massachusetts. He was the addictions consultant at the Massachusetts General Hospital—The Charlestown Clinic in Boston, and has consulted extensively with medical, legal, educational and business organization around the issues of addiction prevention, intervention and recovery He has taught courses on addiction at the graduate and undergraduate levels in topics such as Psychopharmacology of Addiction, History and Socio-Politics of Addiction, and treatment models.  

With a wide range of professional expertise spanning nearly 4 decades, Dr. Afshar brings a considerable breadth and depth of understanding of addictions and mental health issues as applicable in a variety of settings, age spans and affected populations. 

REGISTRATION FEE: *NHADACA Members $30;  *Non-Members $40; *NBCC add $5. For registration information contact: 603-225-7060 or

3 Contact Hours Available
CRSW Performance Domains: 3-4
LADC/MLADC Categories of Competence: 2, 14-17
CPS Domains: 6
NBCC: LICSW/L-MFT/LCMHC (Category 1) & Psychologist Category A
NH Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider. ACEP No 6754. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. NHADACA is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Only one registrant per form.  For multiple registrants you must register each one individually.  Registration is not complete or guaranteed until payment is received.  Payment by means other than credit card may slow down completion of registration.  Checks and cash are still accepted, however, your registration will be placed on a pending list until payment is received.  We strongly encourage payment by credit card for training of high demand topics.  Thank you.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

This training is financed under a contract with the State of NH, Department of Health and Human Services, with funds provided in part by the State of NH and/or such funding sources as were available or required, e.g., the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

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