Cost: $100

This course will cover the requirements for certification by NADD and prepare students to demonstrate mastery of the benchmarks for clinical excellence in IDD-MI dual diagnosis best practice.

Course Objectives

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the NADD Principles of Dual Diagnosis practice.
  2. Identify a case example to represent all competency areas:  Clinical Assessment, Psychotherapy, Positive Behavior Support & Environments, Assessment of Medical Issues and Psychopharmacology.
  3. Identify ethical issues related to work sample and describe how they were addressed during the course of treatment.
  4. Reflect on case example and articulate unique challenges related to the persons IDD.
  5. Demonstrate research basis for treatment approaches through citation of relevant, recent journal articles or books.
  6. Demonstrate understanding of a framework for case presentation.

Credit Hours

Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Credit Criteria

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Dee Nighswonger

Dee E. Nighswonger

Dee E. Nighswonger has been a licensed social worker practicing in Kansas for over 27 years.  She received her BSW from Wichita State University in 1992 and MSW from the University of Kansas in 1996.  Dee is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor (LCAC). She currently serves as the Director for the Sedgwick County Developmental Disability Organization (SCDDO) and is also the owner of eMErge Coaching, LLC. Dee has worked in the community as a provider, volunteer and advocate in a variety of settings. Her professional experience includes social work practice in child welfare, non-profit social service, hospital social work, community mental health, substance use treatment, intellectual/developmental disability services and State/County government. Dee has presented research posters and workshops at State and National professional conferences. She currently serves on the Practicum Advisory Committee for the WSU School of Social Work and has been a member of The NADD since 2013. She is an Alumni of Advance Kansas and holds a number of certifications from the Kansas Leadership Center.  Dee serves as a member of the Wichita/Sedgwick County Access Advisory Board and City of Wichita District II Advisory Board. Dee also engages in leadership development and coaching through the Nonprofit Chamber of Service.