Trauma-Informed Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

Event Date & Time: February 15th 2019 at 8:30 am

= = = WORKSHOP Overview = = =

This workshop will explore the nature of trauma and how it can become a “pre-disposer” for eventual Substance Use Disorder(s), as well as alternative addictions (work, sex, gambling, etc.). The reasons for treating not only substance use disorders, but also their associated conditions (depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, panic disorder, etc.) will be discussed. We will also explore several assumptions regarding the treatment of Substance Use Disorder(s), and how research is stimulating new approaches.

= = = WORKSHOP Objectives = = =

Participants will:

  • understand and be able to explain the association(s) between trauma and addiction(s)

  • gain knowledge of several therapeutic applications to treat addictions in a trauma-informed manner

  • be able to identify and understand several family dynamics which promote the likelihood of traumatic experiences

  • understand the “reasonableness” of addictions as means of “trauma management”


8:30 am – 9:00 am | Check-in & Registration

9:00 am – 10:15 am | Trauma-Informed Treatment of SUD’s (Substance Use Disorders)

10:15 am – 10:30 am | BREAK

10:30 am – 11:30 am | Trauma-Informed Treatment of SUD’s Continued

11:30 am – 1:00 pm | LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Trauma-Informed Treatment of SUD’s Continued

2:45 pm – 3:00 pm | Workshop Wrap-up

We have applied to the NC Substance Abuse

Professional Practice Board (NCSAPPB) for

approval of 4 substance abuse specific credits.

About the presenters:


Greg has been doing Individual, Marital, and Family Counseling for 25 years. He has a Master of Theology & Master of Science (Marriage/Family Therapy) degrees. Greg’s work has taken place in various settings -- Psychiatric Hospital Inpatient care, Family Consultation Center, Community Behavioral Health Agency, Residential, Intensive Outpatient, and Traditional Outpatient Services where in each case, treatment focused on co-occurring conditions (Mental Health/Addiction).

Greg’s primary clinical interests are trauma-related conditions (PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Co-Dependency Relationships) associated with addictions. His training is in Psycho-dynamic, Family Systems, CBT, Internal Family Systems, EMDR/Brain-spotting, and ACT therapies. Greg has served as Assistant Program Director, Clinical Supervisor, and Lead Counselor in the venues where he has worked. Greg is a recovering alcoholic with 15 years of sobriety. As a result, he utilizes ACOA principles & strategies in much of his work with addictions. Currently, he is responsible for 10 clinical staff members who work in the IOP/OP Services, Extended Treatment Program, and Family Program(s) at Fellowship Hall. In 2016, Greg helped develop the Daytime IOP and Outpatient Service Programs currently in place at Fellowship Hall.

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