Trauma in Families Affected by Substance Use


Join our online training course looking at trauma in families affected by drug or alcohol use.

  • Friday 3rd May 2024, 9.30am - 3.30pm
  • Trainer: Rebekah Allon-Smith
  • Cost: £85

This one day training will equip practitioners to work more effectively with families affected by substance use where there is trauma. Participants will learn the neuroscience of trauma and practical strategies to support families.

By the end of this course learners will be able to:

  • Recognise the different ways that trauma can present in families affected by addiction.
  • Describe the three different types of trauma.
  • Go beyond ‘fight, flight, freeze’ to identify other behaviours which indicate trauma in clients.
  • Understand why trauma is very likely to be present in any family where substance use is a problem.
  • Engage effectively with clients affected by trauma.
  • Provide supportive strategies to clients affected by trauma, even in the absence of trauma treatment.
  • Recognise when it is safe to talk directly about trauma with clients, and when it is not.
  • Recognise the impacts of trauma on children.
  • Support parents and other adults to appropriately support children affected by trauma.
  • Understand the inter-generational nature of trauma and how this can contribute to addiction in families.

This course takes places over Zoom, participants must be able to access Zoom to take part. Colleagues that register will receive the Zoom link a week before the start of the training.

If you have any questions or require any additional information please email admin [at] adfam [dot] org [dot] uk.

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