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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 23, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Trauma and Addiction

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Addictions (only if you are working towards the Addictions certificate).

You do not have to be working toward the Addictions certificate to take this course

This course has been approved for four core and two related CACCF continuing education hours.

June 13, 2014
9 a.m. - 4 p.m. |$175
Instructor: Ian Robertson, MSW, RSW

Recent research has confirmed what addiction treatment providers already knew to be true: the large majority of people who suffer from addiction issues also have a history of trauma and/or victimization.  Experiences of trauma can cause lasting psychological and physiological effects including deficiencies in emotional regulation, problem solving and impulse control. This, in turn, can lead to the use of alcohol, drugs and/or addictive behaviours as a "functional fit" to cope with overwhelming emotions, physical dysregulation and other post-traumatic symptoms. This one-day workshop explores the connection between trauma and addiction with a focus on providing knowledge, tools and resources to effectively serve clients who are dealing with both trauma and addiction issues.

Upon completion of this training participants will be able to:
  • explain the link between trauma and addiction, including the neurobiology, physical and emotional responses of trauma and how they intersect with addictions
  • understand the role of compassion fatigue when providing treatment to individuals with trauma/addictions
  • understand addiction as a survival/coping strategy for traumatic memories and symptoms
  • describe best practices for treating trauma
  • teach clients tools and practical strategies to regulate autonomic arousal and trauma-related emotions and body sensations without resorting to addictive behaviours
  • explain and demonsrate strategies for flashback management
  • being trauma-informed in the delivery of services as an addiction system
  • have knowledge of the resources and treatment options available for people with co-occurring trauma and addiction issue