Continuing Education Event – The Intersection of Trauma, SUD and Process Addictions – webinar – 9/16/2021
For so many with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD), the traumatic experiences of their past have been left unrecognized and often times untreated. However, treating both simultaneously is critical to recovery. Addressing only the substance use disorder can actually increase the symptoms of trauma and dealing with only the trauma can increase the desire to use. Comorbid PTSD/SUD is associated with increased chronic physical health problems, poorer social functioning, higher rates of suicide attempts, more legal problems, increased risk of violence, worse treatment adherence, and less improvement during treatment (McCauley, J. L, 2012). Although the focus of traumatic experiences is often times explored within the field of substance use alone, process addictions are also a major public health concern, given their high population prevalence and their associated negative health, social, and economic consequences. The importance of understanding the intersection of trauma, SUD and process addiction may increase in the future because of recent changes in psychiatric diagnoses and in public opinion, beyond alcohol and other drugs to include a wide variety of potentially problematic behaviors such as gambling, excessive sexual behavior, overwork, and what we know as eating disorders. The significance of exploring treatment modalities to help those with process addiction in collaboration with SUD and trauma, is becoming more prevalent as we understand the significance of integrated care.
This training will explore the foundational understanding of how trauma impacts the brain and thus decision making and increases vulnerabilities to both substance use and other process addictions. It will highlight the neuroscience of trauma and addiction and explore the interplay between these behaviors. And finally, the training will highlight skills and strategies to begin to heal the brain, provide safety and connection for the patient and identify motivation for behavioral changes that support recovery.
• To be able to define traumatic stress and Substance Use Disorder
• To provide information on the effects of substance use and trauma on brain functioning
• To understand the different types of trauma and the components of trauma-informed care
• To develop a basic understanding of effective treatments for people with traumatic exposure and substance use
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.
Vice President of Family Services
Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP 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 Vice President 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 and Partners for Success Coalition, and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.