Required Materials: Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery (Marich, 2020; North Atlantic Books). 

Book is sold separately and can be found at Penguin, Amazon, and wherever books are sold.


The interplay between unhealed trauma, dissociation, and addiction can stump even the most seasoned clinicians and leave clients who struggle feeling frustrated and hopeless. Although the popular 12-step approaches to addiction treatment can be appropriate for clients with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other trauma-related diagnoses, rigid application of the disease model and 12-step principles may prove more harmful than helpful for clients in need.

Trauma and the 12 Steps (originally published in 2012, with a revised and expanded edition published in 2020) teaches clinicians, professionals, and members of the recovery community that it is possible to bridge the gap in knowledge between traditional, 12-step approaches to working with addiction and advanced, trauma-focused understanding. Earn continuing education credits by reading the new and expanded edition and studying alongside several teaching videos especially curated by book author Dr. Jamie Marich. 


After this course participants will be able to:

  1. Define trauma, and distinguish the nuances between trauma-informed care, trauma-sensitive care, and trauma-focused care
  2. Identify at least three strengths of 12-step recovery when evaluating addiction care through a trauma-focused lens
  3. Identify at least three weaknesses of 12-step recovery when evaluating addiction care through a trauma-focused lens
  4. Articulate the history and evolution of 12-step recovery and discuss whether or not the approach still has merit in modern times
  5. Describe the imperative of the therapeutic relationship in healing addiction through a trauma-focused lens
  6. Apply no fewer than 3-5 practical strategies for helping people navigate the struggles of early recovery (e.g., cravings, triggers, relapse risks)
  7. List and describe no fewer than 3-5 approaches that can be used for trauma-focused care in concert with 12-step recovery strategies
  8. Apply the Janet 3-stage consensus model of trauma-treatment in building clinical treatment plans that are more trauma-focused and discuss where the role of 12-step recovery strategies can fit in
  9. Evaluate language problems with certain components of the 12-steps that trauma survivors may find triggering or maladaptive activating and assist individuals in translating/modifying the language in a way that optimally serves their recovery goals
  10. Distinguish and then explain to others the difference between 12-step recovery groups in the community and the application of 12-step recovery principles in professional treatment
  11. Define spiritual abuse and adapt treatment plans accordingly for individuals who have experienced this form of abuse prior to presenting for treatment
  12. Discuss how inclusivity and diversity (e.g., racial/ethnic; religious/spiritual, gender identity; sexual orientation) are imperative in making recovery programs more trauma-informed and trauma-focused

About the Instructor

ICM Founder & Director Jamie Marich

Dr. Jamie Marich (she/they) describes herself as a facilitator of transformative experiences. A clinical trauma specialist, expressive artist, writer, yogini, performer, short filmmaker, Reiki master, TEDx speaker, and recovery advocate, she unites all of these elements in her mission to inspire healing in others. She began her career as a humanitarian aid worker in Bosnia-Hercegovina from 2000-2003, primarily teaching English and music while freelancing with other projects. Jamie travels internationally teaching on topics related to trauma, EMDR therapy, expressive arts, mindfulness, and yoga, while maintaining a private practice and online education operations in her home base of Warren, OH. Jamie is the author of numerous books on trauma recovery and healing, with many more projects in the works. Marich is the founder of The Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Her bibliography currently includes: EMDR Made Simple (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps (2012), Creative Mindfulness (2013), Trauma Made Simple (2014), Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015), EMDR Therapy & Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (2018, with Dr. Stephen Dansiger), and Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery (2019). She has also written guest chapters and contributions for several other published collections. North Atlantic Books released a revised and expanded edition of Trauma and the 12 Steps, in the Summer of 2020. Jamie’s own company, Creative Mindfulness Media, published two supplemental resources, a daily meditations and reflections reader and a trauma-responsive step workbook in the Autumn of 2020 to accompany. Her newest release with Dr. Stephen Dansiger, Healing Addiction with EMDR Therapy: A Trauma-Focused Guide is coming out in the Fall of 2021 with Springer Publishing Company. NALGAP: The Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Addiction Professionals and Their Allies awarded Jamie with their prestigious President’s Award in 2015 for LGBT advocacy in her writing and training. In 2019, the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) granted Jamie their EMDR Advocacy Award for using her public platform in media and in the addiction field to advance the cause of EMDR therapy and to reduce the stigma around mental health and addiction. Jamie currently sits on the Clinical Work Group Committee of EMDRIA’s prestigious Council of Scholars and on the editorial board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. Jamie also serves on the Wisdom Council of the internationally known expressive arts ministry Abbey of the Arts, and is an advisory board member of HealingTREE Non-Profit. For her full biography, please go to

This course meets the requirements for 12 Continuing Education credit hour by the CE approval bodies listed below:

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Creative Mindfulness maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The Institute for Creative Mindfulness is an approved provider of continuing education by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (OCSWMFT) for counselors, social workers, and marriage/family therapists. Approval: #RCS091306

This is a hybrid, self-paced distance learning course. This is a beginner level course. Completion reading materials, videos, a course evaluation, and post-test is required to receive CE Certificate. Course evaluations are administered after completing all course modules. The post-test is comprised of true/fasle and multiple choice questions and requires a passing mark of 75%, and is administered after completion of the course evaluation. Upon passing the post-test, participants are able to download their CE certificates.

This course was first published August 5, 2020

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