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Evidence Based Co-Occurring Disorders Treatment



The Great Lakes MHTTC is offering this training for individuals working in HHS Region 5: IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI. This training is being provided in response to a need identified by Region 5 stakeholders. 




In this presentation you will learn evidence-based approaches to co-occurring disorders treatment and recovery including: the use of motivational incentives; feedback informed treatment; stage-based interventions; CBT; twelve step facilitation; evidence-based family therapy and integrated approaches. Emphasis will be placed upon understanding the reason that some clinicians are more evidence based than others and how to be influenced by the evidence in your work with clients with co-occurring disorders.




  • Articulate five evidence-based approaches to co-occurring disorders treatment.
  • Work with clients with co-occurring disorders in an evidence based, integrated manner.
  • Be influenced by evidence-based practices in your work with clients with co-occurring disorders.





Mark Sanders

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC, is the State Project Manager for the Great Lakes ATTC, MHTTC and PTTC. Mark has worked for 40 years as a social worker, educator, and part of the SUD workforce. He is founder of the Online Museum of African American Addictions, Treatment and Recovery and co-founder of Serenity Academy of Chicago, the only recovery-oriented high school in Illinois. Mark is also an international speaker, trainer, and consultant in the behavioral health field whose work has reached thousands throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the British Islands. 


Recently, Mark Sanders was named as the 2021 recipient of the NAADAC Enlightenment Award in recognition of his outstanding work and contributions to NAADAC, the field of SUD services, and SUD professionals. He is also the recipient of the Illinois Association for Behavioral Health’s 2021 Lawrence Goodman Friend of the Field award in honor of the many years of dedicated service Mark has provided to communities throughout his home state of Illinois.