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Seeking Safety – An Evidence-Based Model for Trauma and Substance Abuse

August 21, 2014 @ 9:00 am - August 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

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Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence based therapy to help people attain safety from trauma and substance abuse. The treatment was designed for flexible use. It has been conducted in group and individual format; for women, men and mixed gender in a variety of settings for both abuse and dependence. It has also been used with people who have trauma history, but do not meet the criteria for PTSD. This day and a half training will describe Seeking Safety.

The first portion of this training will cover background on trauma and substance abuse including rates of trauma, presentation, models and stages of treatment, and clinical challenges. The second portion of the training will review key principals of Seeking Safety including review of the models and implementation. Assessment tools and community resources will be discussed. At the end of the training participants will be able to implement Seeking Safety in their program.

This training will cover the following topics:

  • Trauma, substance abuse and Seeking Safety                          
  • Treatment
  • Clients’ Experience
  • Clinical Demonstration
  • Trauma and addiction toolkit exercise

Attendance for both days of training is required to receive continuing education credits.

Target audience: Clinicians, supervisors, aides, peer staff and any other interested mental health professionals, consumers and family members.


Lisa M. Najavits, PhD

Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; and adjunct professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is a research psychologist at VA Boston and the Bedford VA; and clinical associate, McLean Hospital. She is author of over 160 professional publications, as well as the books Seeking Safety: A treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse and A Woman’s Addiction Workbook. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association; board certified in behavioral therapy; a licensed psychologist in Massachusetts; and conducts a psychotherapy practice.

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 9:00 am-4:30 pm                                                                                                               


Friday, August 22, 2014, 9:00 am-12:00 pm        


August 21, 2014 @ 9:00 am
August 22, 2014 @ 12:00 pm



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