Addiction psychiatrist Igor Koutsenok has helped local people working in the drug and alcohol and mental health fields by providing strategies to improve their practical clinical skills.

Dr Koutsenok led a two-day dual diagnosis workshop on March 17-18 for WRAD.

He said the main focus of the workshop was to help people develop practical skills that are easy to implement.

Dr Koutsenok said treating people with both drug and alcohol and mental health problems was challenging and practitioners needed to work within a variety of potential solutions.

The workshop helped participants to better understand co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, their common vulnerabilities, and different diagnostic and treatment strategies.

Dr Koutsenok is an internationally-renowned expert in the field.

In 2014 Dr Koutsenok was appointed at Chief of Prevention, Treatment and Rehabilitation of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna. He has also worked for 18 years as Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Centre for Criminality and Addiction Research, training and Application at the University of California.

He led the design of workforce development training for substance abuse counsellors and criminal justice professionals in the United States.

For many years Dr Koutsenok has taught addiction psychiatry and he has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific publications.

The workshop was funded by the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing under Substance Misuse Service Delivery grants funding.