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Webinar: How the Trauma-Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorders

June 4, 2019 . 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


The New England Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine is hosting the fifth webinar in the webinar series about Innovative Methods for the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorder- How the Trauma Informed Approach Can Help Treat Substance Use Disorders. This webinar will be recorded. Make sure to register for the webinar to ensure that you receive the recording link and presentation materials.

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People who experience trauma- especially Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are at an elevated risk for substance use disorders, mental illness, and physical disorders. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is an evidence-based approach to deliver healthcare in a way that recognizes and responds to the long-term health effects of the experience of trauma. In the 2014 Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 57, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) addressed trauma-related prevention, screening, assessment, intervention, and treatment issues and strategies, providing a framework for organizations that wanted to take a trauma informed approach.

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

  • Explain the connection between Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Substance Use Disorders;
  • Describe promising practices for implementing the trauma-informed care approach; and
  • Consider how trauma-informed care might work in your organization.

Jennifer McCarthy, MEd, MS, LCPC, is our webinar presenter. She is part of the Care Transitions team at Healthcentric Advisors. Jennifer is an innovative educator and quality improvement facilitator. She has been recognized for developing cross-component relationships and was a Subject Matter Expert for the National Council for Behavioral Health/SAMHSA. Ms. McCarthy has master’s degrees in Education and Counseling and is a licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She is currently enrolled in a Doctoral program in Health Professions Education. Ms. McCarthy was the Behavioral Health Consultant at a Federally Qualified Health Center prior to joining Healthcentric Advisors. In 2016, Jennifer received the Behavioral Health Excellence Award from the Maine Primary Care Association.

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