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Research demonstrates that persons with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders occur more often than not. Yet, our treatment approach is developed as if this is a rare circumstance. To effectively treat persons with co-occurring disorders it is necessary to expect persons to have dual disorders and treat them in one location, by one person or team of persons, in a welcoming and hopeful approach.
For systems to achieve a high level of effective treatment for persons with co-occurring disorders a systems change effort is required. The Comprehensive, Continuous Integrated System of Care (CCISC, Minkoff and Cline) is the most widely known change strategy. Through this change activity, co-occurring capable and co-occurring advanced treatment can be developed.
Program Goals and Learning Outcomes
This course takes a foundational look at the prevalence of co-occurring disorders, how risk is increased when both disorders co-occur and effective approaches for managing clients. We will also take a look at;
Mark Lowis, LMSW, MCSW, MINT, EBP Implementation Specialist
Mr. Mark Lowis is best described as a person who is focused on staff development and training for the purpose of improving the moment of contact between a practitioner and the individual receiving services. His trainings are known for depth of knowledge and effectiveness in providing clear influence on the participating practitioners' skills.
His experience includes case management, treatment, supervision, staff development, and management of adult and juvenile justice programs including a very specialized program for Parolee-Sex Offender Alcoholics and Addicts.
Mr. Lowis began his career as a Law Enforcement and Corrections Specialist in the United States Air Force. During his 10 years of service Mr. Lowis performed as a Law Enforcement Supervisor and later as a Master Instructor in the Air Force Police Academy. Following the Air Force he completed a Bachelors Degree in Psychology at the University of Michigan, and the Masters of Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University. He is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT), and carries advanced credentials in other evidence based practices.
In 33 years of practice Mr. Lowis has worked in various public and private human services programs and held positions ranging from clinical therapist, case-manager, director of operations for a national managed care company, director of utilization management, and contract negotiator. Currently Mr. Lowis holds a position with the Michigan Department of Community Health where he is responsible for the implementation and sustainability of evidence-based practices and best practice across the public health system.
Mr. Lowis is also an adjunct professor at the Oakland University School of Medicine, the University of Michigan-School of Social Work, and the Wayne State University-School of Medicine-Department of Psychiatry-Research Division.
As a Joyfields Institute Associate Faculty Mr. Lowis leads the staff development and training activities, systems and process design improvements and leadership enhancement practice.