Course Description

This training will benefit mental health clinicians, social workers and anyone else who wants to learn about how trauma and substance use are correlated.  This course will first provide an overview of trauma and trauma symptoms.  Viewers will see that there are many different symptoms of trauma because trauma affects everyone differently depending on their experiences and protective factors.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder will also be described including symptoms and how it is diagnosed.  

After having an understanding of trauma, the training will focus on Substance use and how it correlates to trauma. The term “circular relationship” will be explained and how it relates to trauma and substance use.  The course will also provide an overview on how trauma is a risk factor for substance use.  The benefits of both group and individual therapy when treating people who have experienced co-occurring substance use and trauma will be discussed.  The curriculum for Seeking Safety will be explained as well as the benefits to using it in a group setting.   

The last part of the training will discuss different skills that can be utilized by people who experience co-occurring substance use and trauma.  The first skill will be about identifying triggers.  A handout will be provided that can help to recognize triggers and what situations cause them.  The second skills will involve creating a relapse prevention plan.  Viewers will be walked through the different aspects of a relapse prevention plan and will be provided with knowledge on why each part is important.  

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Part 1

    • Trauma and SU 1.pdf

    • Trauma and SU 2.pdf

    • Trauma and SU 3.pdf

    • Trauma and the Brain (720p)

    • Trauma and the Brain (720p)

    • Trauma and Substance Use Quiz

    • Identifying Triggers

    • Relapse Prevention Plan

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