Annual Aavo Rakfeldt Memorial Lecture: 'The Co-occurring Matrix: Moving Forward with Integrated Assessment and Treatment'

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Adanti Student Center - Theater

Charles Atkins, M.D., will present a talk titled:
"The Co-occurring Matrix: Moving Forward with Integrated Assessment and Treatment"

charles atkins, m.d.In any given year, over eight million Americans will meet criteria for having at least one co-occurring substance use and mental disorder. Yet people with co-occurring disorders are wildly diverse, from a top executive with obsessive-compulsive disorder, who drinks a fifth of hard liquor a day to a homeless person who smokes cannabis heavily and has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. This presentation focuses on the vast matrix of co-occurring disorders, and how to think through both the assessment process and the crafting of effective and integrated treatment.

Charles Atkins, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist, published author, clinical trainer, and the medical director of Community Mental Health Affiliates (CMHA). He writes both non-fiction and fiction, including books on Bipolar Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease (Sourcebooks). Recent novels include the Barrett Conyors forensic thriller series (Llewellyn and Severn House) and The Lil and Ada Connecticut cozies (Severn House).

His first paranormal thriller -- Go To Hell (Argo Navis) -- was released winter 2012, and his first young adult novel -- Haffling (Dreamspinner Press/Harmony Ink) -- was released fall 2013 under the pen name Caleb James. He is currently completing Cooccurring: The Clinician's Guide to the Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use and Mental Disorders; the expected publication date is fall of 2014. Dr. Atkins has written hundreds of articles, columns, and short stories for professional and popular magazines, newspapers, and journals. He has been a member of the Yale volunteer faculty for nearly 20 years. He has been a regular contributor to the American Medical Association's American Medical News, a consultant to the Reader's Digest Medical Breakthrough series, and his work has appeared in publications ranging from The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) to Writer's Digest Magazine. He has been twice featured in the New York Times, as well as in many other publications.

For more information contact:
Jaak Rakfeldt, Ph.D., Professor, Social Work Department
Southern Connecticut State University
101 Farnham Ave.
New Haven, CT 06515
203-392-6565 direct; 203-392-6580 fax;


Adanti Student Center - Theater
345 Fitch St.
New Haven, CT 06515


Jaak Rakfeldt, Ph.D., Professor, Social Work Dept.

Phone: (203) 392-6565
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free and open to the public