Advancing Knowledge of Mental Health and Substance Use Challenges

Trainer: Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW

This workshop teaches supervisors how to support staff in planning to meet the needs
of clients with mental illnesses and substance use across the life course through
ongoing assessment of mental disorder symptoms and their potential impacts on clients
and their families, building understanding of effective practice models as supported by
research evidence, appreciating the complex nature of self-determination, and the
intersections of these issues with cultural diversity.

Learning Objectives (Supervisory Best Practices):

1. Encourage and partner with supervisees in reviewing symptoms of relevant mental
disorders and their potential impacts on clients and their families

2. Support supervisees in the ongoing assessment of signs and symptoms of mental
illness and substance use among clients

3. Guide and partner with supervisees to evaluate what is known about the
effectiveness of practice models currently used in agencies to address major mental
health conditions and substance use from childhood to late life

4. Assist supervisees in planning to meet the needs of clients with mental illnesses or
substance use (who often require more effort, time, advanced planning, and skill
from their social service providers)

5. Work with colleagues and social service teams to identify models of service delivery
for clients with mental illness or substance use that are supported by research and
which fit with agency goals and structures

6. Support supervisees in addressing the complex nature of self-determination