Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence-based coping skills approach developed as an integrated treatment for co-morbid issues regarding trauma (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD). It does not require the client to dwell on the past, although it can be combined with trauma-processing methods. The primary goal of Seeking Safety is to promote recovery by assisting the individual in developing strategies to keep them safe from the effects of trauma, and the painful impact of substance use. As the title implies, “Seeking Safety” is the objective.
This training is presented based on the implementation guide developed by Lisa Najavits, “Seeking Safety: An implementation guide. In A. Rubin & DW Springer (Eds). The Clinician's Guide to Evidence-Based Practice". It will also train participants to utilize the facilitator manual developed by Lisa Najavits, “Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse".
The Seeking Safety method seeks to counteract the impulsivity and chaotic nature of this co-morbidity with a process that emphasizes planning, pacing, and predictability. While it’s a structured approach, the treatment is also designed to be extremely flexible to adapt to clients’ needs, clinicians’ preferences, and a variety of treatment contexts.
Any practitioner can conduct the program, provided they have a desire to work with this population, a willingness to use a manual-based approach, and possess positive interpersonal skills.
In this training, participants will learn;
The manual presents the first empirically studied, integrative treatment approach developed specifically for PTSD and substance abuse. For persons with this prevalent and difficult-to-treat dual diagnosis, the most urgent clinical need is to establish safety--to work toward discontinuing substance use, letting go of dangerous relationships, and gaining control over such extreme symptoms as dissociation and self-harm. The manual is divided into 25 specific units or topics, addressing a range of different cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal domains.
Each topic provides highly practical tools and techniques to engage patients in treatment; teach "safe coping skills" that apply to both disorders; and restore ideals that have been lost, including respect, care, protection, and healing. Structured yet flexible, topics can be conducted in any order and in a range of different formats and settings. The volume is designed for maximum ease of use with a large format, lay-flat binding, and helpful reproducible therapist sheets and handouts.
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“I loved the facilitator. She did an amazing job and kept us engaged at all times. I also was a big fan of the Zoom rooms for breakout sessions. I really learned a lot and can't wait to implement this into our treatment groups.”
“There were a few points that I enjoyed from this training. She was great, I won’t lie, I was scared of a virtual training, and I believe I got more from this training than I’ve gotten from others! The topic was very interesting and required participation from everyone. The Zoom rooms were awesome and made the training even better because you got to talk in smaller groups with people that we may have never spoken to before at any trainings or meetings. I think having a few participants that currently use Seeking Safety was great because she couldn’t be in all groups at one time but other participants that were familiar could help with the smaller groups and give more first hand experience.”
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