IHR's Comprehensive Introduction to Psychological Trauma for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals

This training is A Comprehensive Introduction to Psychological Trauma for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals. It training is designed to support individual and organizational efforts to provide trauma informed care. While this training was developed specifically for substance use disorder treatment professionals, anyone who wants to know more about the relationship between trauma and substance use disorders may benefit from it.

The training is broken down into four separate one-hour modules. Each module is designed to introduce the learner to a specific topic relative to the theory and practice of trauma informed care.

Each module should take approximately one hour to complete and is followed by a brief quiz. At the end of module four there is also a brief survey.  For those that complete all four modules, complete each quiz earning a score of 80% or higher, and complete the survey, a total of four CE credits or a certification of completion will be awarded.

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Module One: Trauma and the Individual                                                                 

Reviews how trauma impacts individuals, as well as how individuals attempt to cope with traumatic experiences.  Particular emphasis is placed on the connection between trauma and substance use.

Module Two: Trauma and Relationships                                                                 

Reviews the impact of trauma on relationships.  The connection between past trauma, parenting, substance use, and intimate partner violence is discussed.

Module Three: Supporting Recovery from Trauma                                                            

Reviews the implementation of trauma-informed care within the context of substance use disorder treatment.  The four principles of trauma informed care as well as the components of trauma informed care are discussed.

Module Four: Secondary Trauma and Self Care                                                      

Reviews the issues of secondary, or vicarious trauma, and the development of resilience among substance use professionals.   How secondary trauma presents itself as an occupational hazard, how to cope with it, and strategies to develop resilience to prevent it are presented. 

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If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the training, please contact us at: davidstanley@healthrecovery.org

The modules have been developed by the Institute for Health and Recovery with funding provided by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.