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Trauma & Substance Use Certificate

About This Certificate Program:
The Trauma and Substance Use Certificate is a self paced program designed for behavioral health professionals who work with persons with co-occurring trauma and substance use issues in the social service field. Individuals completing this program will be recognized as achieving an advanced comprehensive training in trauma and substance use. Courses are offered for continuing education. $125.00 per course if taken individually. 

Mini Certificate Courses:

  • Introduction: Trauma & Substance Use Disorders
  • Legal & Ethical Considerations
  • Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches I
  • Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches II
  • Crisis Intervention & Self-care

 

Full Certificate Courses:

  • Mini certificate courses
  • Complex Trauma I
  • Complex Trauma II
  • Domestic Violence and Interpersonal Violence
  • Trauma & Substance Use within Different Groups
  • Mind-Body Connection (Neurobiology)

 

 

Introduction: Trauma & Substance Use Disorders
This online class focuses on awareness of trauma and its impacts on wellness and recovery as well as the bidirectional relationship among substance use and trauma. Topics include trauma and substance use as a social problem, the detrimental health effects of co-occurring trauma and substance use and other social determinants of health. The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the basic concepts relevant to understanding the intersection of trauma and substance use.

Legal & Ethical Considerations
Legal and Ethical Considerations is a class offered as a virtual webinar. This class addresses legal and ethical. Topics include legal considerations when working with individuals with both trauma and substance use disorders and a review of ethical professional standards for clinicians. Participants will be provided the most current and important legal and ethical regulations, and laws when working with this specific group of clients. We will focus on reviewing general laws and ethical standards for professionals in substance abuse, more specific laws regarding both trauma and substance use together where appropriate, and the importance of how these two topics can coincide in many clients. All participants should demonstrate the comprehension of these legal and ethical standards to do their work effectively.

Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches I
This two-part workshop offered in a virtual format. This workshop will examine the treatment of complex trauma, beginning with the Phase-Oriented Treatment Model and relational approach which provide structure and clinical guidelines for maintaining safety in the treatment of trauma-spectrum problems.  Additional evidence-based treatment models, such as cognitive processing therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR will be reviewed as examples of therapeutic approaches that can be integrated within the phase- oriented model. Case vignettes and experiential exercises will be used to enhance understanding of the concepts. Managing transference and countertransference reactions in complex trauma will be discussed. Research on Trauma-specific treatment interventions will be explored including the role of body oriented and neurologically based therapies to resolve the traumatic past, self-regulation, mindfulness, and alternatives to drug and talk therapy.  The relationship between complex trauma and substance use disorders will be explored along with research on resilience, and the role it plays in complex trauma interventions. Cultural considerations in responsive trauma treatment will be reviewed.

Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches II
This two-part workshop offered in a virtual format. Assessment & Therapeutic Approaches addresses assessments and therapeutic approaches for both substance use and trauma related disorders. In this class participants will be reviewing evidence-based assessment tools used to evaluate clients for trauma and/or substance use disorders and to provide an overview of the different therapeutic approaches shown to be effective. We will also discuss new treatment models and approaches as appropriate.

Crisis Intervention & Self-care
Crisis Intervention and Self-Care is a class offered in a virtual format. This class will focus on both crisis intervention and self-care. First, the class will familiarize participants with what crisis  intervention and trauma response are and the acute psychological distress that is often associated with trauma and/or substance use.  The focus will be on participants gaining knowledge on the importance of understanding and treating crisis and trauma in combination with substance use. As well as training participants on working with clients who have had these experiences. Participants will become familiar with different frameworks, assessment models and intervention models.  The class will familiarize participants with ethical responsibilities (review), clinical supervision, and the importance of continual growth.  The second half of the class participants will identify the personal and professional risks to health and mental health for counselors and learn self-care and other strategies to ensure professional effectiveness. The relevance and study of compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma will be addressed. Finally, experiential exercises geared towards expanding participants’ awareness and understanding of the psyche/soma relationship will serve as the basis for discussion of self-care, professional and personal well-being.  

Complex Trauma I
Complex Trauma is a two-part workshop offered in a virtual format. Complex trauma describes exposure to multiple traumatic events—often of an invasive, interpersonal nature—and the wide-ranging, long-term effects of this exposure.  This workshop will explore the concept of complex trauma, beginning with biopsychosocial assessment of Complex Trauma, and a review of current research on attachment theory. Participants will learn to recognize the clinical symptomatology involved and how to assess patients for it. Clinical assessment of complex trauma across the lifespan will be examined, including risk/vulnerability and resilience profiles and differential diagnosis. Concepts relevant to understanding complex trauma and its relationship to substance use and trauma related disorders will be introduced. Topics include theories of trauma and substance use, neurobiology, psycho-biology research, and effects of trauma. Case vignettes and experiential exercises will be used to enhance understanding of the concepts. This workshop will conclude with a review of self-care for clinicians, and why it is important for clinicians who work with trauma to focus on their own wellness.

Complex Trauma II
Complex Trauma is a two-part workshop offered in a virtual format. This workshop will examine the treatment of complex trauma, beginning with the Phase-Oriented Treatment Model and relational approach which provide structure and clinical guidelines for maintaining safety in the treatment of trauma-spectrum problems.  Additional evidence-based treatment models, such as cognitive processing therapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR will be reviewed as examples of therapeutic approaches that can be integrated within the phase- oriented model. Case vignettes and experiential exercises will be used to enhance understanding of the concepts. Managing transference and countertransference reactions in complex trauma will be discussed. Research on Trauma-specific treatment interventions will be explored including the role of body oriented and neurologically based therapies to resolve the traumatic past, self-regulation, mindfulness, and alternatives to drug and talk therapy.  The relationship between complex trauma and substance use disorders will be explored along with research on resilience, and the role it plays in complex trauma interventions. Cultural considerations in responsive trauma treatment will be reviewed.

The Connection between Domestic Violence and Addiction
This class is offered in a virtual format. In the mental health and addiction fields there is often some sense of unknowing, fear, discomfort, and judgment towards Domestic or Interpersonal violence.  Through this session we hope to acknowledge the fear by learning the causes of DV, address our preconceptions, and demystify the treatment by addressing best practices and treatment strategies.  We will explore our own biases and their impact on treating clients as well as the systemic impact of DV on individual clients and family members.  The links between Domestic Violence and substance use will also be explored as will proactive & reactive measures to address practitioner self-care & burn-out.  According to ASAM, substance use occurs in 40 to 60% of Domestic Violence cases and experiencing DV has been indicated as a risk factor for developing a substance use disorder. According to ASAM’s best practices, DV & substance use should be concurrently addressed/ treated to minimize the risk of slowed treatment, relapse, and potential early withdrawal from treatment.

Trauma & Substance Use within Different Groups
This online seminar focuses on understanding how individuals’ relevant characteristic and group memberships, trauma and substance use experiences intersect impacting and creating complexities in assessment and treatment. Participants will discuss the various sources of trauma for different groups, including generational, historical, racial, immigration, community, sexual identity etc. Exploring these avenues further provides those who attend this class with an important takeaway point – trauma is processed differently for minoritized populations. 

Recovery and Healing through the Mind-Body Connection (Neurobiology)
The Mind-body Connection is a class offered in a virtual format. Trauma and substance use disorders affect the brain and the body. This class focuses on helping to better understand and treat substance use disorders and trauma from a psycho-biological approach using the mind-body connection. Participants will be introduced to psycho-biology research, theory, and practice implications of the mind-body connection as it relates to substance use and trauma

 

For additional information: noelle.jensen@rutgers.edu 

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