The experience of trauma is quite common across the human lifespan with some survivors going on to develop maladaptive coping strategies, including use of commonly abused substances like alcohol and other drugs, as well as psychiatric conditions such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Trauma survivors are also at increased risk for a wide array of other physical and interpersonal challenges, which can exacerbate problems associated with substance use. Use of alcohol and other drugs can also increase the likelihood a person will experience a traumatic event. While research has dramatically changed our understanding of how the experience of trauma can affect development and wellness across the lifespan, many health care professionals receive little or no training on assessing for a trauma history and/or substance use or what they might recommend/offer as treatment options.
This course will provide:
- Working definitions of trauma across the lifespan and its intersection with commonly abused substances;
- Practical considerations in engaging with and assessing a person who has a history of trauma and problematic substance use;
- Discussion of evidence-based and promising practices in treating trauma and substance use disorders in an integrated fashion.
This course will be held via Zoom and participant numbers will be capped to ensure a personalized learning experience.
Counts as Substance Abuse course for Trauma Certificate Program