Course Description: This course addresses the variety of ways that substance abuse, mental health, and trauma interact; the importance of context and culture in a person’s response to trauma; trauma-informed screening and assessment tools, techniques, strategies, and approaches that help behavioral health professionals assist clients in recovery from mental and substance use disorders who have also been affected by acute or chronic traumas; and the significance of adhering to a strengths-based perspective that acknowledges the resilience within individual clients, providers, and communities. In addition, this course provides an overview of programmatic and administrative practices that will help behavioral health program administrators increase the capacity of their organizations to deliver trauma-informed services.
Course Credit(s): 12 CE Credits or Hours
Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)
Course Schedule: Self-paced
Course Author(s): Lisa M. Najavits, PhD, and Linda B. Cottler, PhD, MPH
Content Publisher(s): Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Course Author(s) Qualifications:
Dr. Najavits is Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine; Lecturer, Harvard Medical School; clinical psychologist at the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System; and psychologist at McLean Hospital. She is author of the books Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse (2002) and A Woman’s Addiction Workbook (2002), as well as over 125 professional publications.
Dr. Cottler is Associate Dean for Research and Planning at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and Dean’s Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine at the University of Florida.
Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/02/2017 – 05/02/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 clinical continuing education clock hours.