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Working with Substance-Abusing Trauma Survivors: An Introduction to Seeking Safety

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT September 22, 2012 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate Campus

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Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse, problem gambling or other addictive behaviors. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians.

Seeking Safety is the most widely used integrated treatment for PTSD and addictions in the world. Translations are available in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Swedish, Dutch, Polish, Italian and Greek.

Seeking Safety was developed by Lisa M. Najavits, Ph.D., of Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in 1992, under grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Twenty-seven published research studies point to Seeking Safety’s effectiveness. 

The key principles of Seeking Safety are:

1)  Safety as the overarching goal (helping individuals attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions). 

2)  Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time)

3)  A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse

4)  Four content areas:  cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management

5)  Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care, and other issues)

This class will prepare counselors to read the Seeking Safety manual and begin using this treatment in their practice. The manual will be available for purchase for $55 at the workshop. 

Past participants are saying…

“The structure really complemented the content. I appreciate how Rick modeled group leadership in his teaching style.”

“Valuable presentation and the discussions were very beneficial. Well organized.”

“Great workshop! It was worth the time and I learned a lot.”

Workshop Details

Date: Saturday, September 22, 2012

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Rick Berman, M.A., LPC, CADC III, CGAC II

Noncredit/CEU: 7 hours, $100.

Registration form (PDF) 

  • To ensure your place and to avoid cancellation due to insufficient enrollment, please register no later than two weeks before your course or workshop is scheduled to begin. 

About the Instructor

Rick Berman LPC, CADCIII, CGACII specializes in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He has been training therapists in Seeking Safety since 2003. Currently he is Adult Mental Health Services Coordinator for Lincoln County Department of Health & Human Services.

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