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Co-Existing Mental Health and Addiction Problems (CEP)

This workshop provides an overview and update of current approaches to working clinically with people with Co-Existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems (CEP).



This workshop provides an overview and update of current approaches to working with people with Co-Existing Mental Health and Substance Use Problems (CEP). It is designed to upskill those working in mental health services who want to support people in their addiction recovery and also those working in AOD services who wish to better understand the impacts of co-existing mental health problems for whai ora.

Overview and Learning Intentions

  • Understand substances of misuse and complications associated with CEP

  • How to promote a harm-reduction approach with people who have problematic substance use

  • Pathways/development of addiction through a lens of CEP; substance categories, triggers, cross-addiction, and coping strategies

  • Understand the nature, extent and impact of CEP on people’s lives and how services can support recovery

  • Apply brief interventions by developing harm reduction skills (including support for those wanting abstinence)

Let's Get Real

1. Working with people experiencing mental health and addiction needs

3. Working with whānau

4. Working within communities

5. Challenging discrimination

Facilitated by Melvyn Johns 

MASW, B.A. (Hons), Cert. Supervision, Cert. AOD Counselling, RSW

Mel has over 20 years’ experience working in the mental health and addictions sector in Aotearoa New Zealand and the UK. Throughout his career, he has held a number of diverse roles, working alongside a broad client base within both statutory and NGO services. He possesses clinical practice, leadership, teaching, management, supervision and governance experience. Mel has a comprehensive knowledge of assessment processes, therapeutic interventions and risk-management approaches. He demonstrates a relentless commitment to the principles of social justice, along with a strong passion for developing services that are truly recovery focused. Mel has been a workshop facilitator with MHERC for several years, whilst maintaining his clinical, supervisory and project management roles.


Workshop Type: Introductory | Workshop Level: Five | Catering: Refreshments provided

Terms and Conditions

  • Cancellations made up to 10 working days before a workshop will incur a $39 service fee.

  • Cancellations (or non-attendance) made 10 working days or less will not be refunded and the full workshop fee will be charged. 

  • No fee applies if you are able to find a replacement participant.

  • MHERC reserves the right to cancel a workshop at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient registrations.

  • Only one person may view a webinar session per registration.

Please read our full Terms and Conditions before registering.

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