Connecticut Mental Health Center’s Chief Medical Officer to Discuss Substance Abuse and Mental Disorders

[box]Dr. Charles Atkins, the chief medical officer at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.[/box]

Dr. Charles Atkins, the chief medical officer at the Connecticut Mental Health Center, will be the keynote speaker at the educational program, “The Co-Occurring Matrix: Substance Use and Mental Disorders,” which will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3, in the auditorium at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences on Quinnipiac University’s North Haven Campus, 370 Bassett Road.

Atkins will focus on the complex matrix of co-occurring disorders, and how to think through both the assessment process and the crafting of effective, person-centered, and integrated treatment. Participants in this training will understand the complex matrix of diagnostic configurations that occur with co-occurring disorders; learn the importance of a thorough and ongoing assessment to identify and clarify co-occurring problems; and will see the importance of generating differentials that include medication and substance-induced psychiatric disorders and syndromes.

At the Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Britain, Atkins works with people with serious chemical dependence and co-occurring disorders. He is a national presenter and trainer, published fiction and non-fiction author and lecturer in psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine.

The Connecticut Women’s Consortium and the master of social work program at Quinnipiac are co-sponsoring the program. The fee for the program is $75, which includes lunch. Participants are eligible to receive six continuing education units from the CT Association of Social Workers (NASW), Continuing Medical Education (CME) and the CT Certification Board (CCB). To register, click here.


The Connecticut Women’s Consortium is an independent non-profit organization that offers education, advocacy, and training for caregivers and services providers in the behavioral health field. Its mission is to ensure that the behavioral health system responds to the needs of women and the people and organizations that affect them. For more information on the Connecticut Women’s Consortium, click here.

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