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Who should attend:
Anyone in any setting who treats clients with trauma and/or substance abuse and has interest in utilizing Seeking Safety in their work.
The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based treatment for trauma and/or substance abuse. 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 counselors and also peers. There are 25 treatment topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to both trauma and/or substance abuse, such as “Asking for Help”, “Creating Meaning”, “Compassion”, and “Healing from Anger”. Topics can be done in any order and the treatment can be done in few or many sessions as time allows. Seeking Safety strives to increase hope through emphasis on ideals; it offers exercises, emotionally evocative language, and quotations to engage patients; and provides concrete strategies to build recovery skills. We will cover (a) background on trauma and substance abuse (rates, presentation, models and stages of treatment, clinical challenges); and (b) implementation of Seeking Safety (overview, evidence base, demonstration of the model, adaptation to various populations (e.g., adolescents, individuals with serious and persistent mental illness, veterans), frequently asked questions, fidelity monitoring, engagement methods, The training is highly experiential with role-plays and exercises to “learn by doing.” Assessment tools and community resources are also described. By the end of the training, participants can implement Seeking Safety in their setting.
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About the Presenter:
Summer Krause, LPC, CADC III
Summer is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III, with a clinical practice that includes adolescent and adult Seeking Safety, in both individuals and group modality. She has worked with Treatment Innovations since 2011. She counsels children, adolescents and adults and has spent the majority of her career working with adolescents. Her specialties are grief, trauma, and addiction. After volunteering in juvenile detention centers for many years, starting in 1996, Summer went to graduate school to help address some of the underlying issues that contribute to youth entering the juvenile justice system. She completed her master’s degree in counseling with a focus on children and adolescents and has specialized training in trauma-informed care. She has worked in nonprofit, group home, juvenile justice, residential and outpatient settings. After being trained by Lisa Najavits in Seeking Safety, Summer implemented Seeking Safety groups for adolescent boys and girls in a residential treatment program. She is based in Washington state.