Continuing Education Event – A Family perspective for treating Trauma and Substance Use – WEBINAR – 5/19/2020

Addiction is a family disease. Research tells us that recovery is strengthened when family or a primary support system participates in the treatment process (SAMHSA,2017). Today more families are being affected by addiction than ever before. Professionals in substance use field have historically not included families in the treatment of the substance user, but with this epidemic hitting more and more Americans and at younger ages, it is a call to action to start including the strongest resources for sustained recovery, the family. Individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders have opportunities to gain education and insight and process their experiences and emotions while developing healthy coping mechanisms. However, families can often be “forgotten”. For many families the symptoms of trauma are often left untreated, leading to behaviors that place themselves and their loved one in recovery at risk of past dynamics. Integrating the families into treatment allows for them to express themselves in a safe and supportive environment, learn grounding and stabilization techniques, while also learning about the recovery process and ways to both start their own journey of recovery as well as to support the recovery of their loved one.

• Define and identify 5 traumatic symptoms found within the family system that relates to the experience of addiction.
• Describe 5 ways the family system can become organized around the addiction and list family patterns and rules that occur as a result
• Describe at least 5 reasons why families and their loved ones are apprehensive to engage in family therapy
• Describe different strategies to engage families in treatment and help organize them to the journey of healing and recovery
• Conduct 3 different therapeutic interventions aimed at healing the symptoms of trauma and engage the families in recovery process

Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.

Trainer Bio:
Trish Caldwell MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP, Corporate Director of Family Services for
Recovery Centers of America and is also an adjunct professor at Jefferson University. Trish is a licensed clinician, marriage and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use. Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, adults and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a certified Trauma professional and a certified mentor trainer of trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges. Trish has been the Keynote speaker for the PAYS Summit, the Suicide Prevention Conference and Magellan behavioral health conference. Additionally, she has provided in-service training for several PA school districts and has trained law enforcement officers on drug trends for the CIT program. She has also presented at the Annual Trauma conference, the Cape Cod Symposium, and the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT). Trish specializes in ADHD, Opioid Use in young adults, Trauma informed care, Developmental trauma, Trauma and Substance Use disorders, Trauma and the Family System, Family Engagement, and Substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.

During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. She is currently the Corporate Director of Family Services of Recovery Centers of America, which has sites in NJ, PA, MA and MD, and provides services to adults seeking treatment for substance use disorders. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force, Partners for Success Coalition and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.


May 19 2020


9:00 am - 11:00 am

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