Trauma and Addiction Treatment Certificate Program

  • 4 day in-person training (totaling 21 CE**)
  • 6 hours of group consultation (3 individual) to complete the certificate

Certificate Description: Participates will gain philosophical and historical context around trauma, addiction, dissociation. It will provide fundamental knowledge for the development of the human psyche, behavior, society, culture, and spirituality. Participants will explore the roots of counseling and the art of healing through trauma resolution. The coursework is designed to help add to the clinician’s fundamental knowledge of counseling, support clinical application of their own clinical style, and to deepen their therapeutic presentation and approach through the understanding of trauma resolution i.e. memory reconsolidation. Participants will be able to apply knowledge learned in a workshop format that will allow them to feel comfortable navigating trauma, dissociation, and addiction with clients. The coursework is geared for those who want to take the next step in developing their clinical presentation on the topics of trauma, addiction, dissociation, and trauma resolution.

Who: This training is for licensed or credentialled professionals (CASAC, LMHC, LCAT, LMFT, LMSW, Ph.D., Psy.D.).

Target use: The coursework material is strength-based and trauma-informed so professionals will be able to utilize the information to support their developing clinical presentation and shift from trauma-informed to trauma-focused. The core of the information shared will highlight the mechanism of memory reconsolidation that naturally occurs in therapy. It provides context to how memory reconsolidation naturally occurs and offers practical ways to utilize the information.

Location is limited to 10 participants.

Participants must successfully complete every section and 10 hours of consultation with Adam O'Brien within 2 years of taking their first course to earn a certificate.

If all training seats are filled, we will keep a waiting list. Refunds for training fees are only available from cancellations submitted in writing two weeks or more prior to the training. If you cancel within two weeks of the training, you will be refunded half of your tuition, and the balance can be applied to a future training. Only medically documented illness or family deaths are considered as exceptions to this policy. No-shows are not eligible for refunds.

Please REGISTER at bottom of this page...

When:  Day 1: TBD, Day 2: TBD, Day 3: TBD, Day 4: TBD, Day 5: TBD
Cost: $400 - PAY HERE

Where: 160 Loomis Road - Chatham, N.Y. 12037

***CE's are currently being contracted for an Additional $40.00 for LMHC, LCAT, LMSW***

***CASAC Renewals are FREE***

Click HERE to learn more about CE credits and confirm that they're available for practitioners in your state. Contact Us if you have any questions.

Pay HERE for CE through our Co-Sponsor - R. Cassidy

Day 1 - Trauma-Informed History and Culture - by Adam O'Brien (9 am - 5 pm)

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge on the topics of history and culture, as it relates to the development of the human psyche.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of human relationships and society.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of the role of human services in shaping our modern society.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of solutions that cultures have found throughout history.

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will be able to connect 3 similarities between history and culture and the human psyche.
  • Participants will be able to relate at least 3 ways the humans manifest their internal world and 3 ways they express it in their cultures.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 social movements that were effective in creating change.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 active solutions to support recovery.

Day 2 - Trauma and Addiction - by Adam O'Brien (9 am - 1 pm)

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of the clinical framework of phase model’s and trauma resolution, as it pertains to addiction treatment.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge on applying phase models to their clinical approach with clients.

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 different phase models.
  • Participants will be able to name at least 3 similarities on how trauma and addiction manifest in client behaviors.
  • Participants will apply case formulation and trauma-informed conceptualization to an existing case.

Addiction as Dissociation - by Adam O'Brien 2pm - 5pm

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of the clinical framework and assessment of dissociation.
  • Participants will increase their understanding of dissociation models to help clients coping with dissociation in addiction treatment.
  • Participants will be able to identify 5 ways dissociation presents in addiction

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will have increased knowledge on assessing dissociation.
  • Participants will be educated on the variety of ways dissociation presents in the addicted population.
  • Participants will be able to conceptualize dissociation to clients.

Day 3 Trauma-Focused Counseling - By Adam O'Brien (9 am - 5 pm)

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of clinical counseling skills and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge when working with addictions at different stages of change.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of trauma-focused care.
  • Participants will increase their knowledge of clinical theory and best practices.

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will be able to apply at least 3 trauma-focused principles to their clinical orientation.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 elements of trauma-focused care in their setting.
  • Participants will be able to define at least 3 elements of trauma-focused care.
  • Participants will be able to identify at least 3 trauma-focused elements to add to their clinical approach when working with addictions and the stages of change.

Day 4 - Grief in Addiction - Claudia Coenen & Adam O'Brien (9 pm - 1 pm)

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge of the clinical framework of grief counseling, as it pertains to addiction treatment and on-going loss.
  • Participants will increase their understanding of current grief research models and counseling techniques to help clients coping with loss and addiction.

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will be educated on current research models in the field of thanatology (study of death, dying and bereavement)
  • Participants will be able to apply grief interventions for clients with intangible, ongoing loss caused by addiction issues.
  • Participants will experience creative approaches which encourage clients to discover personal resilience to alleviate grief reactions in clients.

Recovery-Oriented Services - By Adam O'Brien (2 pm - 5 pm)

Educational Goals:

  • Participants will increase their knowledge and skills on the current conceptualization for providing recovery-oriented treatment.

Learning/Educational Objective:

  • Participants will be able to define 3 guiding principles of recovery-oriented counseling.
  • Participants will be able to describe at least 3 new recovery-oriented practices, services, and tools to incorporate into their clinical presentation.

Suggested Readings:

Boss, P. (1999). Ambiguous Loss: Learning to live with unresolved grief. Boston, MA: Harvard Press.

Brand, R. (2017). Recovery: Freedom from our addictions. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company.

Ecker, B., Ticic, R., & Hulley, L. (2012). Unlocking the emotional brain: Eliminating symptoms at their roots using memory reconsolidation. New York, NY: Routledge.

Feigelman, W., Jordan, J. R., & Gorman, B. S. (2011). Parental Grief After a Child Death Compared to Other Death Causes: Investigating a greatly neglected bereavement population. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying, 291-316.

Greenwald, R. (2009). Treating Problem Behaviors: A trauma-informed approached. New York, NY: Routledge.

Hanson R., Mendius, R. (2009). Buddha's brain: The practical neuroscience of happiness, love and wisdom. USA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Lewis, M. (2015). The biology of desire: Why addiction is not a disease. New York, NY: PublicAffairs.

Marich, J. (2011). EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches to using EMDR with every client. Eau Claire, WI: Premier Publishing and Media.

Marich, J. (2012/2020). Trauma and the 12-Steps. North Atlantic Books

Marich, J. (2014). Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in assessment, treatment and working with survivors. Eau Claire, WI: PESI Publishing and Media.

Marich, J. & Dansiger, S. (2017). EMDR and mindfulness for trauma-focused care: New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Maté, G. (2003). When the body says no: Understanding the stress-disease connection. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Maté, G. (2010). In the realm of hungry ghosts: Close encounters with addiction. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

Mohammad, A. (2016). Anatomy of Addiction: What science and research tells us about the true causes, best preventive techniques, and most successful treatments. New York, NY: Perigee.

Scaer, R. (2005). The trauma spectrum: Hidden wounds and human resiliency. New York, NY: W. W. Norton & Company.

Szalavitz, M. (2016). Unbroken brain: A revolutionary new way of understanding addiction. New York, NY: Picador.

Rogers, B. (2011). Addiction & Grief: Letting go of fear, anger and addiction. San Francisco, CA: Conari Press.

Valentine, C., Bauld, L., & Walter, T. (2016). Bereavement Following Substance Misuse: A disenfranchised grief. Omega - Journal of Death and Dying, 283 - 301.

van der Kolk, B. (2014). The body keeps the score: Brain, mind and body in the healing of trauma. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

White, W. (1996). Pathways: From the culture of addiction to the culture of recovery: A travel guide for addiction professionals. Center City, MN: Hazelden Publishing.

White, W. (2014). Slaying the Dragon: The history of addiction treatment and recovery in America. Bloomington IL: Chestnut Health Systems.

Training Location Details

Our setting is in rural Columbia County. This is at our Home Office so there is more information that you would need before you arrive.

Parking is available but may have to be on grass or on the side of the dirt road. (There is minimal traffic). There will be someone to direct you where to park.

Please bring indoor shoe/slippers if desired. We ask that you take off your shoes.

We are not able to accommodate everyone as we are not ADA approved.

Please be mindful of wearing strong fragrances, as others may have a sensitivity to them. We burn wood for heat so if you have an adversity to fire please let us know.

Feel free to bring snacks and beverages and pen and paper. Fruits, muffins, and pastries will be available along with coffee, hot water, and juices. Lunch is not provided. A microwave, stovetop, and fridge are available and accessible. Chatham is only a 5-minute drive. No access to public transportation.

Cell service is sometimes limited depending on your cellular carrier but Wifi is available.

Non-smoking.

Directions: MAP

From 90, take the Taconic southbound down to Exit 99 (Chatham - Rt. 203) Head East on Rt. 203 and take the immediate left after North Bound Taconic onto South Cross Road. Then take South Cross Road to Loomis Road (First right).

We are at the top of the hill of Loomis Road on the right and there is a black mailbox and a rock marked 160.

Hotels (All listed prices are season dependent)

Cheapest and closest ($60-80 and only miles away)

Chatham Travel Lodge

Berkshire Travel Lodge

Blue Spruce Inn and Suites

Corporate ($85-150 and 12-20 miles away)

Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Best Western New Baltimore Inn

Best Western Plus Berkshire Inn and Suites

Comfort Inn - East Greenbush

Hudson ($100-200 and 12 miles away) 

St. Charles Hotel

The Barlow Hotel

BnB and Inns ($100-300)

Inn at Silver Maple Farm

Shaker Mill Inn

Red Lion Inn