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  • Community-Based Dual Disorders Rotation - Motivational Interviewing Focus

    Dr. Schumacher (primary supervisor), Dr. Coffey, Dr. Williams

    The goal of this rotation is to learn how to treat mental illness that co-occurs with substance use disorders, particularly mood, trauma-related, and anxiety disorders, while also acquiring advanced skills in motivational interviewing. The primary focus will be on using motivational interviewing to improve treatment retention and treatment outcomes of patients with substance use disorders and dual disorders. Interns will also gain experience using motivational interviewing as a preparatory treatment prior to implementation of evidence-based treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. This clinical experience takes place within a community-based residential substance abuse treatment program (18 minute drive from UMMC campus). In addition, interns will also provide services via telehealth to pregnant or post-partum women who are receiving substance abuse treatment at a facility located in the Mississippi Delta. Therefore, the intern will not only learn how to treat co-occurring disorders, but also how to participate in a multidisciplinary treatment team with professionals who may have different treatment philosophies and values, including opportunities to complete evaluations of clients, prepare integrated reports, and make recommendations to the substance abuse treatment team. Opportunities to train staff in cognitive behavioral treatment approaches and to provide general program consultation to the community-based program may also be available. Given that these community-based programs are major recruitment sites for Drs. Coffey and Schumacher's grant-funded and other research projects, interns will also learn how to establish and maintain mutually beneficial relationships with community treatment providers.