Continuing Education Event – Understanding the opioid epidemic through a trauma informed lens – webinar – 8/12/21

The vast majority of people with Substance Use Disorder have also experienced some type of trauma in their lives. In light of today’s substance use epidemic, and the loss of over 70,000 individuals in 2018, these numbers continue to increase as more and more individuals are exposed to traumatic experiences and loss. Many therapeutic approaches to treating substance use and trauma have focused on one or the other rather than creating an integrative approach to address both trauma and SUD simultaneously. Research continues to support that treatment is most effective when both can be explored together. A trauma history and current trauma symptoms are associated with relapse to alcohol or other substance use in alcohol dependent women. (Heffner, Blom, & Anthenelli, 2011). This training will help clinicians strengthen their skills in providing trauma-informed treatment to their patients with Substance Use Disorders. It will explore how increasing their understanding of the effects of both trauma and substance use on the brain and exploring effective methods of helping people heal from trauma, is most beneficial to treatment. Additionally, this training will identify the common symptoms associated with both trauma and SUD and will explore how our ability to respond to someone’s symptoms can help begin the healing process and the road to recovery of both their trauma and their substance use. Connection is a key component in the recovery process, and this training will explore how to use connection to begin the journey.

• Understand how the opioid epidemic came about in this country
• Describe the signs and symptoms of a substance use disorder
• Outline research evidence for the disease concept of addiction
• Identify common comorbid conditions and discuss implications for differentiation and reciprocal impact
• Provide an overview of opioid addiction and the clinical and risk management implications for treatment of individual at high risk for overdose death
• Explore considerations in application of empirically supported treatment approaches for intervention
• Examine and select best practice strategies for sustaining treatment engagement and relapse prevention

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:
Vice President of Family and Clinical Programming

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. 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.


Aug 12 2021


9:00 am - 11:00 am

More Info

Enroll Today


Continuing Education
Enroll Today
Call Now! 1-800-RECOVERY


Treatment Advisor
Standing By, 24/7