Trauma and Addiction

Trauma Informed Addiction Treatment

Trauma and Addiction
Trauma and Addiction
What you'll learn
  • Students will receive a thorough overview including types of compulsions and addictions, biology and predisposition to addiction, and culture of addiction and treatment.




  • This is a discussion of the elements of trauma informed care and supporting materials on the nature of how trauma/adversity can impact life and health throughout the lifespan.

Presenter: Gordon Gray II, MC, LISAC, NCC

Explore the basics of trauma in development and presentation of behaviors, especially addiction. Motivation and meaning of behaviors will be explored and defined. Attendees will receive a thorough overview including types of compulsions and addictions, biology and predisposition to addiction, and culture of addiction and treatment. Fundamental information regarding how substances and their long-and short term effects help people deal with trauma symptoms. The discussion will also look at what is currently the typical assessment and treatment process, and how it can be more trauma sensitive.


  1. Participants will learn about the importance and need for Health Literacy for individuals, families, communities, and behavioral health providers.

  2. Participants will learn about AWARENESS OF HIGH RISK GROUPS AND TX DISPARITY, and the impact of advocacy


  4. Participants will learn about THE PHYSIOLOGY OF ADDICTION, MEDICAL & Mental Health problems that may result.

  5. Participants will learn the Active Ingredient Approach to treatment PTSD – The structure of treatment delivery

  6. Participants will learn strategies for delivering psychoeducation about trauma to individuals and families.

  7. Participants will learn about the use and selected of assessment instrument for trauma and addiction.

  8. Participants will learn what Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) entails, and the benefits and risk to individuals.

  9. Participants will learn how recovery from trauma and addiction can impact the individual, family, and community.

  10. Participants will learn about SAMSHA’s Behavioral Health – Evidence-Based Treatment and Recovery Practices for Trauma and Addiction.

  11. Participants will learn about Trauma-Informed Approaches for the treatment of Trauma and Addiction that address culture and diversity.

  12. Participants will learn about Trauma and Addiction research and some of the uses of technology in the delivery of treatment interventions.


  1. Participants will be able explain the importance of Health literacy, identify three domains of Health Literacy, identify three levels of Health literacy, explain how Health Literacy is assessed, and the role of a Healthcare Navigator.

  2. Participants will identify HIGH RISK individuals for Substance Use Disorders and Trauma, and treatment disparities, and explore strategies to pursue social justice.

  3. Participants will identify 3 significant events in history that affected drug use and policies in AMERICA.

  4. Participants will identify the harmful BIOPSYCHOSOCIAL effects of addiction on the individual, family, community, and society at larger.

  5. Participants will demonstrate understanding of how to use the Active Ingredient Approach to treatment of PTSD, and the structure of treatment by identifying the 4 stages, and method of application via case examples.

  6. Participant will demonstrate via case discussion and or role play appropriate delivery of psychoeducation about trauma.

  7. Participant will I identify and select relevant assessment instrument to administer to trauma and addiction patients in the assessment process.

  8. Participants will identify three medications used in the treatment of addiction, and where MAT is available, and the decision process to determine appropriate use of MAT for and individual.

  9. Participants will be able to explain how to support resiliency and competency in recovery from trauma and addiction, and how to support resiliency and competency via treatment delivery.

  10. Participants will identify Evidence-Based Treatment interventions for Substance Use Disorders, and for Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders.

  11. Participants will be able to identify strategies and interventions that are appropriate for use with culturally diverse populations.

  12. Participants will be able to understand and identify research examining the use of technology in the use of treatment interventions.


This course is not available for NBCC credit.

Who this course is for:
  • Mental health, teachers, probation, courts, child-protective agencies, foster parents, clergy



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