Self-Study Webinar: Dual Diagnosis: What's the Chicken, What's the Egg?

Self-Study Webinar

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1 CEU Credit for LMSWs, LCSWs, and LMHC

Twenty-five percent of deaths in USA are attributable to alcohol, tobacco, illicit or prescription drug use. At least a third of individuals who use drugs also have mental health issues. What is the role of emotional distress & mental illness in substance use disorders? And how do we approach these combined problems in a more integrated manner to better address the needs of our patients.

Join the SWEET Institute and Charles Perkel, MD, and be able to:

  1. Obtain an accurate definition of what dual diagnosis is and what it is not
  2. Understand the relationship between mental health disorders & substance use disorders
  3. Address the treatment issues unique to this population


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- Barrie, LCSW

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- Michelle, LMSW

Charles Perkel, MD

Dr. Charles Perkel is a New York City-based addiction psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience. After completing his training and Addiction Fellowship at Beth Israel in Manhattan (now Mount Sinai Beth Israel) Dr. Perkel returned to South Africa in 1998 where he ran a private practice and a rehabilitation clinic and became a national expert on drugs and addiction. He returned to Beth Israel in 2008 where he served as Director of the Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship and Dual Addiction Psychiatry Inpatient Unit Chief. Dr. Perkel’s interests include the relationship between addictive and psychiatric disorders and understanding the addicted brain. Dr. Perkel utilizes or encourages a range of modalities including appropriate use of medicines and psychotherapy.

Dr. Perkel is a member of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry and the American Psychiatric Association. He has also published and co-published scientific articles on various aspects of addiction and has won a teaching award for his mentorship of psychiatrists in training.

There are a handful of states that the NASW does not cover because those states want to maintain their independent authority to approve, or not, providers and courses. New York is one of these states. BUT: In New York State, the Office of Professions controls the approval process instead of the NASW. We are an approved provider by the NY State Office of Professions.In other words:

  • In the State of New York, SWEET Institute is approved by the Office of Professions under Dr. Sidor Psychiatric Services as a CEU provider for social workers (#SW-0471) and mental health counselors (#MHC-0127).
  • Our live and self-study webinars are individually approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in 46 additional states. SWEET courses are NOT approved by the NASW National CE Approval Program in: Michigan, New Jersey, and West Virginia.

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Your Facilitator and Co-Facilitator

Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW
Mardoche Sidor, MD & Karen Dubin, PhD, LCSW

Mardoche Sidor, MD is a Harvard-trained quadruple board certified psychiatrist who has worked both in the public and the private sector. He has done private work for eight years in three different states, and continues to consult with private practitioners throughout the US and abroad. He also has a background in leadership, management, public speaking, and program development. He also has experience in executive coaching, teaching, and writing. His overall goal is to help individuals, throughout the United States and globally. He is the CEO and President of the SWEET Institute, an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, and was previously Medical Director and Chief Medical Officer for three different organizations. He speaks and writes fluently in four (4) languages—French, English, Spanish, and Creole, with intermediate proficiency in Portuguese and Italian.

Karen Dubin-McKnight, PhD, LCSW, is a Columbia-trained Social Worker with wide clinical, teaching, and supervision experience. She also has a background in management, mentorship, and leadership that spans almost 20 years. She has vast experience working in multiple systems bridging the gaps among different stakeholders including in the court, and community health, systems. Her added passion is in advocacy, coaching, public relations, and mediation. Her goal is to ensure that women feel empowered and have a voice “at the table.” Dr. Dubin-McKnight is the COO and Vice President for the SWEET Institute. As Executive, she has previously held positions of Court Operations Director, and two other directorships in different organizations. She is currently Adjunct Faculty at Columbia University School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. She also maintains a private practice, working with individuals who have experienced loss and trauma. She additionally provides clinical and management supervision.

SWEET Curriculum

  Dual Diagnosis: What's the Chicken, What's the Egg?
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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this for?
This webinar series is for health professionals and it is about a variety of topics that are not generally discussed. Topics range from financing to marketing; from basic law to neuroscience, and from specialized areas of health to advocacy, and personal development.
Will I get continuing education credits for this course?
Yes. This course is 1 CEU Credit.
What if I miss the live webinar?
A pre-recorded version is followed immediately after the live webinar and will be made available for you to access at any time, from anywhere, at your convenience.
Are refunds available if I'm not happy with the course?
Absolutely! We focus on adding value and we, therefore, pride ourselves on our 100% money back guarantee policy. If at the end of the webinar you feel you have not gained any tools to help you grow personally or professionally, please let us know and you will be refunded.
Who are the Guest Speakers?
Our guest speakers are chosen for their level of expertise in their respective field. They generally teach, write on, or do research in, their respective area.
What is your cancelation policy for memberships?
Monthly Memberships: We trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel at any time and not have to pay the recurring monthly membership, should you choose to cancel. Annual Memberships: You are getting a 2-month discount because of your Annual Membership commitment. Furthermore, we trust that you will receive as much value as possible, and we are adding more value each day. You can cancel your Annual Membership within 30 days, and receive a full refund minus one-month worth of membership. After 30 days, you will have experienced SWEET enough to determine that it is indeed the right fit for you, and any cancellation after that will ensure that your Annual Membership does not renew at the expiration date. You will be able to continue to access all SWEET services during the remainder of your membership year.

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