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SOLD OUT! The Addiction-Trauma Connection Conference

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Start Date Tuesday, September 24, 2019
End Date Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Event Times 8:30am Registration
9:00am - 4:30pm Training
Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI 48933
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Event Details This Conference is now FULL. Please contact Chris Ward at to be added to the waitlist.
With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on women’s lives, social service providers are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings. There is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on heath, mental health and behavior. While research and clinical experience indicate a high incidence of trauma and co-occurring disorders in women’s lives, community professionals often struggle with the realities of providing effective, integrated, and trauma-based services. This two-day training provides the definitions of trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma specific: the three levels of response needed for comprehensive addiction treatment services. It also discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-sensitive, as well as offers recommendations for interventions for women. It focuses on the three core elements that both staff and clients need: an understanding of what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values) and the outer self (behavior and relationships). In addition, it provides a discussion and demonstration of interventions based on several gender-specific curricula (including Helping Women Recover, Beyond Trauma, Beyond Anger and Violence, and Voices). Examples of coping skills, grounding exercises, and interactive exercises are provided that can be incorporated into work with women in a variety of settings.



Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing, MI 48933
Banquet Rooms 1-4

Parking: Parking is NOT INCLUDED in registration fees. Parking WILL NOT be validated.
Parking lots under and north of Lansing Center are open 24 hours a day. Cash and credit cards are required at the entrances. Rates for these lots are $10 per day.

Directions to Lansing Center:


Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Avenue Lansing, MI 48933

Room Rate: $85 + taxes
To Make Reservations: 1-800-333-3333 and give code: CMHA09
Deadline: August 30, 2019

Check-in: 4:00 PM/ Check-out: 11:00 PM

Parking at the Radisson Hotel for overnight guest guests is $12/night for valet or there is a ramp connected that is a maximum of $15/day.

Parking at the Radisson or the adjoining ramp is NOT INCLUDED in registration fees. Parking WILL NOT be validated.
Fees $100 per person
Registration fee Includes 2 breakfasts, 2 luncheons and training material.

Objective 1. Discuss the history of women’s treatment
2. Discuss of the process of trauma/examination of its 5 elements (traumatic event, response to trauma; sensitized nervous system; psychological and physical distress; emotional and/or physical distress)
3. Identify/define 5 core values of a trauma-informed system of care
4. Define trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma specific
5. Delineate the relationships between trauma, mental health, and addiction
6. Identify/examine the emotional and/or physical responses to trauma (4) and resulting factors
7. Integrate current theoretical perspectives of trauma theory
8. Examine the multiple issues in women's recovery (i.e. critical and inter-related issues of trauma)
9. Demonstrate treatment strategies from Helping Women Recover, Beyond Trauma, Beyond Anger and Violence, and Voices
10. Examine techniques 4 specific to trauma informed and trauma responsive services and services of trauma-specific interventions
11. Define/identify 7 themes of beyond trauma and healing trauma
12. Examine the guiding principles for gender-responsive services
Presenter(s) Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, lecturer, and author and is a pioneer in the field of woman’s issues, addiction, trauma, and recovery. For more than thirty-five years, she has created gender-responsive and trauma-informed programs and services for use in public, private, and institutional settings. Her extensive experience includes consulting for and developing programs for numerous U.S. and international agencies and designing women’s services at the Betty Ford Center. She has conducted seminars for behavioral health professionals, community organizations, criminal justice professionals, and recovery groups all over the world. She also has developed programs for women in many criminal justice settings and is the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled Breaking Down the Bars. Dr. Covington has served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna and was selected for the U.S.SAMHSA’s Advisory Committee for Women’s Services. Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology. She has published extensively, including ten gender-responsive and trauma-sensitive treatment curricula. She is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender & Justice.
CEUs Social Workers: This course (9/24/19 & 9/25/19) qualifies for a maximum of 12 Continuing Education hours. The Community Mental Health Association is an approved provider with the Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative. Approved Provider Number: MICEC 060818.
Substance Abuse Professionals: CMHA is approved by Michigan Certification Board for Addiction Professionals (MCBAP). CMHA maintains the responsibility for the program and content. Substance Abuse Professionals participating in the full conference (9/24/19 & 9/25/19) may receive a maximum of 12 SPECIFIC contact hours. It is important that attendees keep a copy of the conference program brochure containing the workshop descriptions along with their attendance record form.
Refund Policy Cancellations must be received in writing to at least 10 business days prior to the conference for a full refund less a $15 administrative fee. If cancellation is received less than 10 business days prior to the training, no refund will be given, and the full charge will be incurred. Substitutions are permitted at any time.

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