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Introduction to Trauma-Informed Treatment for Substance Use Disorders

April 19, 2017 . 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Individuals with substance use disorders have a high prevalence of histories of trauma. Failure to understand the impact of these experiences can lead providers to inadvertently retraumatize clients, resulting in increases in mental health symptoms, behavior problems, and relapse, and in less than optimal treatment outcomes. This introductory day-long training will describe in detail the impact of trauma.  Principles and practices of trauma-informed treatment will be presented. Strategies that will improve the effectiveness of treatment will be presented and practiced. Secondary trauma and self-care will also be discussed. Small changes in approach and service delivered can bring new understanding and a new sense of efficacy that enhances the recovery process for clients.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Teach grounding techniques.
  • Describe the possible impact of trauma on thinking, beliefs, emotions and relationships.
  • Name the four basic assumptions of Trauma-Informed Treatment.
  • List four emotional skills that trauma survivors can focus on in order to have more control over their outcomes.
  • Describe secondary trauma and what they can do to minimize its impact on them.
  • Identify the impact of substance and trauma when treating co-occurring disorders.
  • Describe coping skills, other than substances to deal with feelings associated with histories of trauma.


Massachusetts Department of Public Health
Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
AdCare Educational Institute
Institute of Health and Recovery


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Northampton, MA 01060 United States
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