May 7, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual Event
$45.00 with CEUs or Free for information Only
CASAT Training

Walking In Two Worlds: Helping Dual Diagnosis Clients Create A More Successful Future

Having one mental health issue is hard enough, but when they co-occur, the challenges increase exponentially. The intertwined, and often complex interaction between the diagnoses makes it difficult to accurately assess which identified issue is creating the most impairment, which interventions will be the most effective, and how to effectively navigate the often difficult dynamics that exist in the therapeutic relationship. This workshop will specifically explore personality disorders, how their presence can complicate treatment, and the tools, tips and strategies you need to more effectively serve your dual diagnosed clients. We will provide an overview of personality disorders, describe what to look for and how to approach clients and provide effective interventions. We will also explore the effect co-morbidity has on client outcomes, and what you can do to facilitate a higher likelihood your clients will recover.  Additionally, we will take a deep dive into how your mindset and approach have a significant effect on client success, and dispel the myths that keep both providers and clients stuck in negative beliefs about their ability to achieve recovery and live an improved life. Finally, we will use scenarios to enhance learning and provide an opportunity to apply the skills learned.
Learning Objectives: 
  • Describe the challenges of dual diagnosis, both for the client and provider.
  • Explain which personality disorders can be the most challenging to treat and why.
  • Detail the tips, tools and strategies you can use with dual diagnosed clients and how these can better assist them to achieve recovery and live an improved life.

Presented by: Kimberly A. Miller, PhD.

Kimberly Miller, Ph.D. is Cherokee, a licensed police and public safety psychologist and sought-after speaker and consultant who has been inspiring and motivating individuals in our profession for over 16 years. Dr. Miller has worked with over 150 public safety organizations and provided training for tens of thousands of students around the country at local, regional, national training events and through her intensive online training programs. Dr. Miller has a curriculum of over 60 courses that she has developed and continues to revise and currently serves as the President of the National Sheriffs’ Association Psychological Services Board. She is a strength-based facilitator of individual and organizational change, and is known for her relationship-based approach to her work and the skill-based, engaging training and consultation services she offers. Her programs and services are designed to improve not only the individual line-level employee skills but also the organization as a whole. Dr. Miller’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Ball State University, and a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Colorado State University. In addition to her academic credentials, Dr. Miller has significant experience in leadership, coaching and mentoring with over 30 years of serving in supervisory and leadership roles.

Beyond her work in public safety, Dr. Miller regularly works with corporations, non-profits, health care facilities, insurance providers, school districts, Native American organizations and city and county government to help them reach their next level of excellence through training, consultation and coaching services.

Clinically, Dr. Miller has worked with diverse clients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her areas of expertise include: assessment, substance abuse, eating disorders, meaning in life, stress management, resilience, anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. She has received four grants for her research (two from The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)), which focused on the development and cross-cultural validation of a strength-based measure of psychological well-being. Dr. Miller’s research interests include strength-based psychology and resiliency, culturally sensitive measurement development, diversity, equity, and inclusion, job satisfaction and engagement, organizational development, group process, leadership and supervision, psychological well-being, and the epidemiology and treatment of substance use and eating disorders in people of color.

Continuing Education Units:

This training is approved for 3 CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers

The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.

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