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

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT June 27 Location: Graduate Campus, South Chapel

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

Graduate Campus, South Chapel

Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma, PTSD, 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: Friday, June 27, 2014

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

Cost: $100, includes 7 CEUs. $40 Students *Student spaces are currently full. To be placed on the waiting list, please click here.

Optional text: The Seeking Safety manual ($55), will be available for purchase at the workshop.

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About the Instructor

Rick Berman 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 Coordinator of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services.

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