SEEKING SAFETY: AN EVIDENCE-BASED MODEL FOR TRAUMA AND/OR SUBSTANCE ABUSE
September 8, 2018
The Lafayette Hotel
2223 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92104
Course Description & Educational Goals:
The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse (clients do not have to have both issues). By the end of the training day, participants can implement Seeking Safety in their setting if they choose to. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives. It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and also peers.
1) To review current understanding of evidence-based treatment of trauma and substance abuse
2) To increase empathy and understanding of trauma and substance abuse
3) To describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse
4) To provide assessment and treatment resources
5) To identify how to apply Seeking Safety for specific populations, such as homeless, adolescents, criminal justice, HIV, military/veteran, etc.
About the Presenter: Martha Schmitz, Ph.D.
Martha Schmitz, Ph.D. is a senior trainer and consultant with Treatment Innovations. For over a decade, she has offered continuing education workshops and supervision in the treatment of PTSD and substance abuse to clinicians throughout the United States and abroad. She began working with Lisa Najavits in 2000 in a postdoctoral fellowship on Seeking Safety research at McLean Hospital. Dr. Schmitz is currently a staff psychologist at San Francisco VA Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia after earning her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Davis. She has collaborated on several research projects in both the United States and France. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and resiliency in survivors of trauma.