July 20-23, 2015 | Location Reno, NV | Tuition $995 | Conference Fee $245 What’s this?

Individuals with alcohol or other drug addictions frequently also suffer from major mental health disorders. Because these individuals often come into contact with the criminal justice system, judges who handle such cases should have a thorough understanding of substance abuse and mental health as co-occurring disorders and treatment issues as they affect the justice system. In addition, the course will expand the understanding of this difficult issue for judges handling civil or family court matters.

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What will I learn?

During this course, you will learn to:

  • Describe the physiological and pharmacological aspects of substance abuse.
  • Identify and assess individuals with major mental disorders.
  • Select appropriate judicial strategies and tools for treatment and monitoring.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of alternative judicial models to deal with co-occurring disorders.

Who should attend?

This is an introductory course applicable to any judge who may see parties in the court who have co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. The course may be particularly applicable to judges who handle criminal cases and who may need an orientation to co-occurring disorder issues.

Who are the members of the faculty?

Instructors who have a diverse background in dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues in the courts and experts in the mental health field make up the faculty.

How is this course taught?

A variety of education methods are used in this course, including presentations, panels, exercises, and observation of a local mental health court.

What should I tell my presiding judge or funding agency so that my attendance will be approved?

Because substance abuse and mental health issues arise often in many criminal caseloads, this course will enhance a judge’s ability to understand how addiction and mental illness correlate. Further, the course will improve a judge’s ability to choose and use available monitoring and treatment options more effectively and expeditiously.

Whom should I contact for more information?

For more information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at (800) 255-8343 or registrar@judges.org.

This course qualifies for The National Judicial College Certificate in Judicial Development program Administrative Law Adjudication Skills, Dispute Resolution Skills, General Jurisdiction Trial Skills, Special Court Trial Skills and Tribal Judicial Skills disciplines.