The counseling field is “turning towards” understanding the multiple interconnections between chemical dependency and trauma. Many trauma survivors use/abuse substances as a way to medicate, punish or reward themselves, and/or as a way to escape from intrusive memories and sensations of trauma. Inversely, substance abuse can create more vulnerability and risk of traumatic events occurring. In addition, any shame associated with past trauma can be exacerbated by the shame of substance abuse.
This clinical training will help participants refine skills in working with traumatized clients who have a history of substance abuse or who begin using during trauma therapy. Through interactive exercises, video, lecture, and live demonstrations using actors, Janet Brodsky will teach the principles and clinical thinking process behind differential assessment and treatment where substance abuse affects therapy.
Based on a foundation of theoretical concepts, participants will utilize small group discussion and three case examples to accomplish these workshop objectives:
· Describe and distinguish factors affecting treatment approach where traumatization and substance abuse coincide.
· Investigate several clinical challenges and distinct approaches to trauma therapy when substance abuse is an influence in the client’s life.
· Develop a components approach to treatment planning with clients who have experienced trauma and substance abuse.

6 CE hours available for LMHCs, LICSWs, LMFTs, and CDPs; 6 Clock Hours available for Educators

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