Seeking Safety for SUD: Virtual - May 4, 2021

Webcam and audio are required for participation.

This virtual training is being sponsored by the HHSC Substance Use Disorders (SUD) Programs. SUD contractors have priority for this training.

The goal of this training is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for the treatment of individuals who have experienced trauma and/or substance use disorders (may be one or the other, not necessary both). Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help individuals attain safety in their lives. It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and peers. There are 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to both trauma and/or substance use, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”. Topics can be completed in any order and the treatment may continue for a few, or as many, sessions as time allows. Seeking Safety strives to increase hope through emphasis on ideals; it offers exercises, emotionally-evocative language, and quotations to engage patients; attends to clinician processes; and provides concrete strategies to build recovery skills. In this training we cover (a) background on trauma and substance use (rates, presentation, models and stages of treatment, clinical challenges); and (b) overview of Seeking Safety including evidence-base; and (c) clinical implementation with specific populations. Assessment tools and national resources are also described.

This virtual training provides 6 hours of Continuing Education Credits for the following licenses: Psychologist, Professional Counselor, Psychological Associate, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapist, Chemical Dependency Counselor, Peer Specialist, Supported Employment Specialist and Certified Family Partner. Upon successful completion of this virtual training, you will earn a certificate of completion and (if applicable) continuing education credit.