Assessing the Effectiveness of Peer-Led Programs for People With Co-Occurring Disorders

Thursday, December 10, 2020 11:00-12:30pm Eastern

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It is well known that about 50% of people with major mental health challenges also have alcohol and drug problems. This puts them at risk of homelessness, criminal justice involvement, and early death. This presentation will describe an entirely peer developed and peer led approach to these dilemmas, its adaptation to the United Kingdom in the past 2 years, as well as both quantitative and qualitative research that demonstrates the phases of involvement with Dual Diagnosis Anonymous.

Dr. Milani will include 2 key leaders in this movement as co-presenters. The webinar will be hosted by Mad in America Continuing Education with 1.0 CE for psychologists, social workers, nurses, licensed professional counselors and marriage/family therapists. In addition to mental health and addictions professionals, all are welcome: advocates, people with lived experiences, family members, program directors, etc.

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Learning Objectives:

1) Describe an entirely peer developed and peer led approach to working with people who have both major mental health challenges and alcohol and drug problems

2) List the main points of the United Kingdom’s national guidelines for co-existing disorders

3) Discuss the 4 main themes identified in the DDA UK study

4) Identify the outcomes from the DDA UK study that are in line with previous literature


Dr. Raffaella Margherita Milani is a Chartered Psychologist andCourse Leader for Addiction Studies at theUniversity of West London and a member of the British Psychological Society, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals.

Alan Butler, DDA Peer Leader, works as a peer supporter after recovering from 30 years of addiction. He started volunteering to help others and then was employed for 4 1/2 years by the National Health Service Foundation and then became involved in DDA UK in 2016.

Daniel Ware, DDA Peer Leader, has worked in London frontline homeless services and is the Director of DDA UK. He was selected for an international exchange program for “Emergent Leaders” and brought DDA to London after he met the Founder of DDA, Corbett Monica, on a trip to the US.

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