Plenary Session: Trauma and Addictions / Closing Remarks
June 19, 2019 - 4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT
Maurice Fisher, Sr., PhD
Outpatient Services, Roanoke, VA
As social workers, we have witnessed numerous clients who have turned to drugs and alcohol in attempt to cope with the overwhelming feelings that are experienced by victims of trauma. Knowing that these behaviors are destructive is not reason enough for individuals to stop using. We need to look at treating the root of the pain. This session will provide an overview of methods to use when working with clients who have addictions resulting from experiences from traumatic events.
- Gain an understanding of what is meant the concept of “trauma”
- Understand the comorbid connection between “trauma” and “addictions”
- Gain an understanding of the relevance of the “environmental context” for clients diagnosed with a traumatic stress related disorder along with a comorbid substance use disorder
- Understand and be able to apply the concept of “behavioral outsourcing” in the treatment of those diagnosed with a traumatic stress related disorder along with a comorbid substance use disorder.