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Critical Review of Dual Diagnosis Training for Mental Health Professionals

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To review evidence on the effects of training programs in dual diagnosis treatment for mental health professionals. Three databases were searched. Included studies were evaluated by an adapted version of Kirkpatrick’s Training Evaluation Model, which evaluates participant perception of training, the effect on professional competencies, transfer of training, and the effect on the patients. Overall findings from the eleven included studies suggested that participants valued the training, increased some professional competencies, and that some transfer of training occurred. The effect at the patient level showed mixed results. Training mental health professionals in dual diagnosis treatment may have a positive effect on professional competencies and clinical practice. Any conclusion regarding the overall training effect is premature due to limitations in study designs. Future studies on the effects of dual diagnosis training programs for mental health professionals should involve control groups, validated measures, follow-ups, and patient outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Pages (from-to)856-872
Number of pages17
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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