Trauma-Informed Care

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Presenter(s): Paul Barry, MSW, LICSW
Date: April 2019

This module focused on the impact of trauma on people seeking treatment for SUD/OUD. Topics covered include: a brief introduction to ACEs (adverse childhood experiences) and how that impacts physical and emotional health; trauma history and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders; how trauma impacts the brain and how that can impact behavior (fight/flight/freeze, trust); the role of the provider in working with clients with a trauma history; things to avoid when working with people with a trauma history; how to create a safe clinical environment; tips for engaging with clients with a trauma history and the importance of a strengths-based assessment; and tips for calming a client.

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