Seeking Safety is an evidence-based treatment for trauma and substance use disorders. Presented by Treatment Innovations, this virtual training series will occur over the course of five weeks with two-hour training blocks each week.

The presenter will cover background on trauma and substance abuse, including rates, presentation, models and stages of treatment, and clinical challenges. Participants will learn steps implementing Seeking Safety, including an overview, demonstration of the model, adaptation to various populations (e.g., adolescents, individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, veterans), frequently asked questions, fidelity monitoring, and clinician training. Assessment tools and community resources will also be described. 

This series is intended for behavioral health providers, peer support specialists, case managers, and MAT treatment teams. CHAD is currently applying for continuing education credits for behavioral health providers. 

Series Objectives: 

  • To review clinical issues in treating trauma and substance abuse;
  • To increase empathy and understanding of trauma and substance abuse;
  • To describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse; and,
  • To provide assessment and treatment resources.

See individual session details below.

Register for the full series here

Introduction to Seeking Safety
October 2, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT


During this first session, the fundamental information necessary to implement the Seeking Safety model will be presented. Covered in this session will be statistical data related to trauma and substance abuse, the stages and challenges of providing treatment, and an introduction to the Seeking Safety model.

Patient Experiences with Trauma and Substance Use Disorders
October 9, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT


During the second session, participants will be provided more information about Seeking Safety and will participate in experiential exercises. A video will be presented to facilitate discussion about patient experiences with trauma and substance use disorders. Assessment and the use of community resources will also be discussed.

Demonstrating Seeking Safety
October 16, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT


During week three, participants will watch a video demonstration from the Seeking Safety topic “Asking for Help” as it was being presented to real clients. This session will include experiential roleplays of a Seeking Safety session, allowing participants to break into small groups and practice different aspects of a Seeking Safety session and the use of handouts.


Seeking Safety with At-Risk Populations and Exposure-Based Treatment
October 23, 2020 | 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT


During week four, participants will learn more information about the evidence base that supports the use of Seeking Safety. They will learn about special populations that may be at greater risk of substance use disorders and trauma, such as adolescents, members of the military or military veterans, individuals involved in the criminal justice system, and those with severe and persistent mental illness. During this session, the presenter will answer some frequently asked questions that occur at this point in training. Participants will be given a choice to participate in additional roleplays or discuss the Seeking Safety fidelity scale and practice rating a session. Implementation topics, such as clinician processes and training and readiness for the use of exposure-based treatment for PTSD, will be discussed.

Seeking Safety with Challenging Scenarios and Strengthening Skills
October 30, 2020 |  11:00 am – 1:00 pm MT/ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm CT


During week five, participants will be presented with “tough case” scenarios and participate in group brainstorming. A video regarding trauma-related symptoms will be presented. Mini-roleplays may be conducted with participants playing the patient and the trainer playing the clinician to demonstrate enhanced treatment strategies, and how to make Seeking Safety most effective. Participants will take part in a trauma and addiction toolkit exercise.