Understanding Substance Use through the Lens of Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma

Sponsor: New Hampshire Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors Association

PRESENTATION: The interrelationship between substances including opioids, stimulants, alcohol, and trauma is understood. Treating substance use disorders as well as preventing lapse/relapse requires a working knowledge of not only what signs and symptoms exist with trauma but also, how trauma impacts brain function, coping, and client well- being. This session will cover the basics of trauma definition and symptomology, with a special focus on the impact of multiple adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and treatment considerations.

As a result of this training, participant will:

  • Gain an understanding of the relationship between trauma and substance use disorders.
  • Recognize those events and venues of trauma exposure.
  • Recognize the cumulative effect of Adverse Childhood experiences on the brain and coping.
  • Understand the impact trauma(s) has on coping.
  • Review treatment considerations when working with those experiencing trauma/complex trauma.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERDr. Tana Bridge is a professor of Social Work at Eastern Michigan University. She is recognized for her passion, expertise, and skills in engagement. She has a 25-year track record of excellence in teaching, service, and professional consulting. Dr. Bridge’s expertise in trauma, ethical practice and collaboration are common threads in all areas of engagement. She currently serves on many local and state-wide committees. Dr. Bridge has several awards and certifications. She is licensed in both clinical and macro practice. She holds several advanced certifications including Advanced Certified Trauma Practitioner, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Compassion Fatigue Professional.

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Event Details

October 17, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
130 Pembroke Road, Suite 150
Concord, NH 03301
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