Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited

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£19.99 inc VAT
Study method
Online, self-paced
2 Hours
Access to content
365 Days
No formal qualification
2 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Welcome to our online Dual Diagnosis training course for front-line healthcare and social care providers. All our online training courses, programmes and qualifications are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (CPDUK).

Living with a dual diagnosis can cause complex physical, psychological and social difficulties for a wide range of people. Dual diagnosis is typically associated with negative consequences and widely affects many of life’s domains. Research suggests that those with a dual diagnosis compared to those with a single disorder experience much higher rates of violent behaviour, suicidal ideation, suicide and physical health problems.

This online Dual Diagnosis training aims to improve the learner’s understanding of dual diagnosis, including the relationship between substance abuse and mental illness.

Certificate duration: 2 years

Entry requirements: No entry restrictions

Recommended prerequisites: N/A

Assessment type: End of course assessment

Assessment pass mark – 80% needed to pass and gain a CPD certificate

Cost(s) of assessment and certification – All costs included in the course price

Awarding/Accrediting body – CPD Certification Service (CPDUK)

Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.


2 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Course aims

The aims and objectives of this online Dual Diagnosis training course are to improve the learner’s understanding of dual diagnosis, including substance abuse and mental illness.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this online Dual Diagnosis training course, the learner will be able to:

  • Understand the chemistry of drugs,
  • Identify warning signs and triggers,
  • Understand relevant diagnosis, treatment and medication,
  • Know the danger of mixing drugs,
  • Understand what it takes to fight addiction,
  • Have a better understanding of schizophrenia and paranoia,
  • Know the different types of cannabis,
  • Understand the side effects of stimulant drugs,
  • Have an improved understanding of hangovers, withdrawals and comedowns,
  • Have an enhanced awareness of overdoses,
  • Know how to deal with an emergency, and
  • Understand homelessness, arrest and compulsory detention.

Why is this online Dual Diagnosis training course essential?

Dual diagnosis (also called co-occurring disorders, COD, or dual pathology) is the condition of suffering from a mental illness and a comorbid substance abuse problem. There is considerable debate surrounding the appropriateness of using a single category for a heterogeneous group of individuals with complex needs and a varied range of the issues.

The concept can be used broadly, for example, depression and alcoholism, or it can be restricted to specify severe mental illness (e.g. psychosis, schizophrenia) and substance misuse disorder (e.g. cannabis abuse), or a person who has a milder mental illness and a drug dependency, such as panic disorder or generalized anxiety disorder and is dependent on opioids. Diagnosing a primary psychiatric illness in substance abusers is challenging as drug abuse itself often induces psychiatric symptoms, thus making it necessary to differentiate between substance-induced and pre-existing mental illness.

Those with co-occurring disorders face complex challenges. They have increased rates of relapse, hospitalisation, homelessness, and HIV and hepatitis C infection compared to those with either mental or substance use disorders alone. The cause of co-occurring diseases is unknown, although there are several theories.

What is covered in this course?

This Dual Diagnosis e-learning course covers the following:

  • Understanding the chemistry of drugs,
  • Identifying warning signs and triggers,
  • Understanding diagnosis, treatment and medication,
  • The danger of mixing drugs,
  • Fighting addiction,
  • Exploring schizophrenia and paranoia,
  • The different types of cannabis,
  • The side effects of stimulant drugs,
  • Hangovers, withdrawals and comedowns,
  • Raising overdose awareness,
  • Identifying ecstasy psychosis,
  • Managing drug use,
  • The risk of injecting,
  • How to deal with an emergency, and
  • Homelessness, arrest and compulsory detention.

Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Who is this course for?

This Dual Diagnosis e-learning course should be completed by those who work in mental health and social care services, including:

  • NHS medical, nursing, AHP and care staff
  • Locum doctors and nurses
  • Locum allied health professionals (AHPs)
  • Agency nurses
  • Agency workers
  • Healthcare Assistants
  • Support workers
  • Care assistants
  • Community services.

Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.


Learn anywhere, anytime on any device

You will need access to a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone device to complete these online courses. You can start, pause/stop and return to where you left off.

Our courses utilise responsive design features, making them available on any device of your choice.

Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

Career path

Our online courses and programmes range from introductory modules at Level 1 (awareness/beginner) to advanced and expert modules up to Level 6.

Our e-learning modules count towards CPD hours for professionals in various sectors as well as meeting mandatory and statutory requirements (where relevant).

Dual Diagnosis - Level 2 - Online Course - CPD Accredited.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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