CEP 1: An Introduction to Co-existing Problems in Youth.

Estimated Duration: 
1 hour

This course is part of the Introduction to Co-existing Problems (CEP) in Youth series. Co-existing problems are an increasing issue for young people and often are not identified. This leads to poor outcomes for the young person which can have long-term impacts for their future and wellbeing. Mental health and addiction issues are significantly high for young people and access rates for treatment is low.

The aim of this CEP e-learning is to upskill health professionals working with young people to feel more confident in identifying and providing treatment for those issues associated with CEP.

CEP 1 begins on the following page and provides:

  • A background into why an understanding of CEP is important.
  • An overview of the prevalence of CEP.
  • An overview of common mental health and substance use disorders for adolescents.
  • A review of models that explains the relationship that is found between substance and psychiatric disorders in young adults and adolescents.

It is an introductory pre-requisite to any of the following CEP courses:

These courses are not sequential, so after CEP 1 you are able to access any of the courses listed above.

You can log out of the course at any time. When you return, use the orange navigation buttons on the right hand side of the screen to select a page to return to.

About the CEP courses

Written for primary care and specialist mental health and alcohol and other drug (AOD) services, the courses are based closely on the following guideline: 

Co-Existing Problems (CEP) & Youth: A Resource for Enhancing Practice and Service Delivery

Other key related guidelines that will enhance your learning include:


At the end of the course you will find a simple question. To receive your certificate and access other CEP courses, please answer the question and hit "Submit". This course provides 1 MOPs point or 1 hour of CPD.


This content has been developed by the Werry Centre, a research, teaching and workforce development centre for child and adolescent mental health, situated within the Department of Psychological Medicine and Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at the University of Auckland.

The material is presented by the Goodfellow Unit (GFU), an accredited continuing medical education/ continuing professional development (CME/CPD) provider for the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners and functions under a tripartite agreement between the Goodfellow Foundation, the College and the University of Auckland. The Unit is located within the Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, and within the School of Population Health, one of the five Schools within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences.


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