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Continuing Education

Working with Trauma Survivors who have Addictive Disorders: An Introduction to Seeking Safety

Date: 9:00am - 5:00pm PDT April 12 Location: Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

Lewis & Clark Graduate School, South Chapel

This training will provide an introduction and overview of Seeking Safety, a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma, PTSD and addictive behaviors. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians.

Seeking Safety is comprised of 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to both trauma and addiction, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”. Topics can be done in any order, and the treatment can be done in few or many sessions as time allows.

This class will prepare counselors to read the Seeking Safety manual and begin using this treatment in their practice.

The key principles of Seeking Safety are:

  • Safety as the overarching goal (helping individuals attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions)
  • Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and addictive disorders at the same time)
  • A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and addiction
  • Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management
  • Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on countertransference, self-care, and other issues)

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.”


We asked Instructor Rick Berman to reflect on the treatment of co-occurring disorders, how this has changed since the implementation of Seeking Safety, and why knowledge of this particular treatment is beneficial to all practitioners.
Read his thoughts here.

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, PhD, of Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital beginning in 1992, under grant funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Thirty-seven published research studies point to Seeking Safety’s effectiveness. It is listed as Level A, the highest level of evidence, by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and listed on the National Registry of Evidence-Based Practices and Programs of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Workshop Details

Date & Time: Friday, April 12, 2019, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Instructor: Rick Berman, LPC, CGAC II

Cost: $125 by 3/20, $150 after, includes 7 CEUs or PDUs. $50 student rate*. Lewis & Clark Alumni save 20%. $50 student rate. 

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

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    Please note: Student registrations are for current students only and do not include continuing education credit (CEU/PDUs)

About the Instructor

Rick Berman, LPC, CGAC II specializes in integrated treatment of co-occurring mental health and addictive disorders. He has been training and supervising addictions and mental health counselors for more than 20 years. In recent years his work has focused more specifically on problem gambling. He has made presentations at national problem gambling conferences in Canada and the United States. He is the former Director of Lewis & Clark Problem Gambling Services at Lewis & Clark College, where he is an adjunct faculty member in the Graduate School of Education and Counseling. 

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