Counseling Chemically Dependent Clients Exposed to Trauma

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

Research reveals that the great majority of chemically dependent clients have been exposed to trauma before and during active addiction. Untreated trauma leaves clients vulnerable to continuous relapse. A partial list of topics includes: The Differences between Traumatic Stress and Post-traumatic Stress; Chemically Dependent Clients and Trauma; Addressing Trauma in Chemically Dependent Men and Women - A Gender Sensitive Approach; Short-term and Long-term Approaches to Addressing Trauma with Chemically Dependent Clients; 20 Strategies for Helping Clients Reduce Symptoms Caused by Exposure to Traumatic Stress; and Relapse Prevention for Chemically Dependent Clients Exposed to Trauma.

Objectives

  1. Compare between traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorders.
  2. Describe varieties of traumatic experiences among chemically dependent clients.
  3. Assess twenty strategies for helping chemically dependent clients reduce symptoms caused by traumatic experiences.
Target Audience: Clinical personnel, counselors, psychiatrists, psychologists, educators. Intermediate level. CE credits offered = 1.5 contact hours