We live in an age of trauma. If you turn on the news you can see it everywhere. The heroin epidemic, the movements and protests, the rise in mental health issues and the list goes on and on. The majority of people who are addicted to substances and/ or afflicted with Process addictions -digital compulsions, sex and relationship, eating disorders, self-harming behaviors, gambling and pornography- are trauma survivors. Many people who are caught in the web of addiction don’t identify as trauma survivors until their personal, familial, intergenerational and in-uterine history is fully understood. And when we recognize that childhood trauma, including abandonment and neglect are the building blocks of a person’s blueprint for functioning and thriving, we can understand the power of addiction as a soothing and survival mechanism offering relief and release from the emotional and psychic pain of trauma.
Unfortunately, research shows that relapse is inevitable without trauma resolution.
The core of this presentation is this realization that 90% of addicts are trauma survivors. Families often believe that their loved ones must be bad, defective, or sick and the addict or the client with behavior issues begins to believe it too and often owns that identity and the hopelessness ensues.
When we unravel the trauma the behaviors make sense. When one of our clients begins to “act out” at 8 or 10 or 12, they are often diagnosed with ADHD, or oppositional Defiance when in fact they are holding a secret of sexual abuse or a family secret of domestic violence, infidelity or parental substance abuse. The truth of the behavior is that “we are not bad people trying to get good, we are wounded people trying to heal.” The truth is the whole family is embroiled in their own individual survival coping mechanisms, the addicted member is often the red flag indicating that the whole family needs healing.
We will examine the #MeToo movement and decipher how trauma impacts it. We will look at how the movement has shed light on the silent trauma of so many women and men. We will study the impact on society and policy. We will visit the stories of our clients and what they tell us about them, their families, our society and perhaps ourselves? This presentation will offer the therapeutic processes that provides a road to healing. It will also provide therapeutic modalities that will be useful in your practice.
- The participant will differentiate between trauma and soothing/coping skills.
- The attendees will experience and evaluate 3 forms of storytelling.
- The participants will identify and evaluate the value of using their own therapist, professional group or supervisor to tell “their” story to in order to intervene.
Must be attending the 2019 IITAP Symposium to register for Lunch & Learn
This course qualifies for up to 1.5 Continuing Education hours from the following CE agencies:
NBCC #6251; NAADAC #92253; CAMFT #135430; LMSW #0224; LMFT #0031; and LMHC #0060 is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP™) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. This program qualifies for up to 1.5 Clock Hours as approved by NBCC Provider #6251. IITAP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program. International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP, LLC) SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #MSW-0224. International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0031. International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0060. International Institute for Trauma & Addiction Professionals (IITAP, LLC) is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. IITAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. CAMFT #135430.
For a full refund, a written cancellation notice must be received by IITAP no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled event. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event will be not be refunded.