Trauma-Informed Care for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

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The New England Addiction Technology Transfer Center (New England ATTC) has partnered with the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to develop a web-based series on effective strategies, practices and policies addressing families with substance use disorders (SUDs) in the child welfare system. This webinar will explore the systems and practice level changes that can be made to provide trauma-informed care. Participants will learn about NCSACW’s Trauma-Informed Care Assessment Project, through which NCSACW and Dr. Vivian Brown conducted trauma-informed care walkthrough assessments with five partnerships across the country with Family Drug Courts that serve families affected by substance abuse and child maltreatment. These walkthrough assessments enabled the sites to better understand services through the eyes of their clients, uncovered inadvertent trauma triggers and generated concrete changes to become a more trauma-informed system. Participants of this webinar will learn key strategies they can implement at their agency to minimize trauma triggers for clients. Dr. Laurie Markoff will describe the core competencies of trauma-informed interactions and participants will hear case vignettes that highlight use of these competencies. Participants will learn key skills that helping professionals can use to better engage clients who have been affected by trauma.

Related Topics

  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Children 0-5
  • Children 6-19
  • Trauma