Required Materials: Trauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery (Marich, 2020; North Atlantic Books).
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:
- Define trauma, and distinguish the nuances between trauma-informed care, trauma-sensitive care, and trauma-focused care
- Identify at least three strengths of 12-step recovery when evaluating addiction care through a trauma-focused lens
- Identify at least three weaknesses of 12-step recovery when evaluating addiction care through a trauma-focused lens
- Articulate the history and evolution of 12-step recovery and discuss whether or not the approach still has merit in modern times
- Describe the imperative of the therapeutic relationship in healing addiction through a trauma-focused lens
- Apply no fewer than 3-5 practical strategies for helping people navigate the struggles of early recovery (e.g., cravings, triggers, relapse risks)
- List and describe no fewer than 3-5 approaches that can be used for trauma-focused care in concert with 12-step recovery strategies
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Define spiritual abuse and adapt treatment plans accordingly for individuals who have experienced this form of abuse prior to presenting for treatment
- 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
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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