Continuing Education Event – A Family Systems Approach to treating trauma and Addiction – Devon, PA – 2/13/2020

Research continues to identify that one of the most critical elements of successful treatment is family involvement (SAMSHA). This session will discuss the rationale for integrating the family into the treatment process as well as explore the traumatic responses of the families. We will explore concrete interventions that can be used to empower the family, and practical considerations that would be relevant to prescribers, treatment providers and the clinicians treating substance use disorders. This approach focuses on the significance of education on trauma and its lens to treatment as it pertains to the family and how a traumatic response can present for a family, the exploration of whether a family can experience PTSD, and the development of clinical strategies that are empowering, healing and explore the importance of understanding the Serenity Prayer in recovery of the patient and the family.

• Identify 3 important reasons for family engagement in substance use treatment
• 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 3 different strategies to engage families in treatment and help organize them to the journey of healing and recovery

Recovery Centers of America is a NAADAC approved education provider (#155307). This course qualifies for 3 contact hours. NAADAC approved CE(s) are accepted by most state licensing and certification boards. Please contact your credentialing board or visit NAADAC’s website for CE acceptance information:

Trish Caldwell MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP, Family Services Director 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.


Feb 13 2020


8:30 am - 12:15 pm

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