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Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Within Group Counseling, a Chemical Dependency Training Consortium Event
Cowlitz Indian Tribal Treatment
Vancouver, WA
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Integrating Trauma-Informed Care Within Group Counseling, a Chemical Dependency Training Consortium Event
Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health; safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma

Goal of Training
In this combined informational and interactive workshop, counselors will learn how to incorporate trauma-informed counseling practices and approaches into their work with substance use and mental health groups. This workshop will cover best practice approaches for three different kinds of groups: Motivational interviewing, relational/process, and cognitive behavioral groups. Participants will learn trauma-informed group leadership skills to increase their competence and confidence when working with trauma issues in group settings. In addition, the training will cover group therapy strategies to address triggers, relapse, and long-term recovery. This is an experiential training, and we invite your participation.

Behavioral Objectives
Participants of this training will gain knowledge to:
* Identify SAMHSAs 6 key principles of a trauma-informed approach and trauma-specific interventions,
* Learn three trauma-specific interventions through experiential practice and demonstration of skills,
* Develop a number of leadership skills for increasing counselor competence.
* Recognize common group challenges and increase efficacy at facilitating group member participation, and
* Recognize trauma triggers and address relapse events that can impact continued group participation and ongoing recovery.

8:30 - 9:00Registration
9:00 - 9:10CDTC Announcements and Introductions
9:10 - 10:00Overview of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Concepts and Practice
10:00 - 10:15Review of basic structures and goals of Group Therapy
10:15 - 10:30Break
10:30 - NoonTIC applications for Relational/Process Groups
Noon - 1:00Lunch ***On Your Own***
1:00 - 2:30TIC applications for CBT Groups, including Seeking Safety Treatment
2:30 - 2:45Break
2:45 - 4:15TIC applications for MI Groups
4:15 - 4:30Training Evaluation and CDTC Wrap-Up

Ashlee Whitehead, MA, LPC, CADCI, currently serves as the Clinical Services Manager for Brookside Center for Addiction Medicine Residential Treatment at Kaiser Permanente. She completed her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Addiction at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR in 2003. Prior to transitioning to Kaiser in 2017, Ashlee had a fifteen-year career with the Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Portland Health Care System, providing evidence-based individual and group psychotherapy to military Veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Ashlee is a certified provider in both Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy and held the role of national PE consultant. Throughout her career, clinical supervision has been a strong area of interest. During her VA career, Ashlee also served as the Portland VAs Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and launched a VA/Community MST Taskforce that has provided trainings to hundreds of providers in the Pacific Northwest. Ashlee is a published author in the areas of Pain, Substance Use & PTSD.

Robert S. Dobres, LCSW, is a chemical dependency counselor at the Kaiser Permanente East Interstate Clinic, where he co-leads groups in an intensive outpatient program for the Addiction Medicine Department. He has over 16 years experience providing mental health and addictions counseling for Kaiser Permanente and in private practice, where he sees adults, adolescents and couples. He has completed advanced training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and provides clinical supervision to students and other professionals in the field.

John Raven , LPC, CDP, CADC II, is a chemical dependency counselor at Kaiser Permanente, where he provides addiction medicine consultation for patients and staff at the Kaiser hospitals. He has over 10 years providing mental health and addictions counseling for various community agencies including DePaul, Hazelden, the State of Oregon. He has had a private practice in Oregon since 2012 where he sees adults and couples struggling with addiction and codependency issues and has published two self-help books on the topic, Don't Feed The Ducks!: Overcoming Unhealthy Helping in your Life & Relationships, and The 30-Day Healthy Boundaries Challenge.

Pre-registration and payment in advance is required.
This course has been approved by CDTC as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100385. CDTC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

If your agency would like to issue a purchase order or require an invoice, please email a request to

The CDTC Refund/Cancellation Policy:
For full refund, cancellation of attendance must be received by the CDTC at least 3 days prior to the event.
Cancellations made in less than 3 days of the event are subject to a $15 handling charge.
Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability or unforeseen circumstances. The CDTC will send out an email announcement to the registration contact and provide an update on our website.
If we are aware of bad weather in the area, the CDTC will extend the full refund deadline to include the morning of the training. The CDTC still must receive notice of cancellation of attendance prior to 10 a.m.

Lunch: There is a one hour lunch break on your own. There is a large cafeteria at the hospital in addition to a smaller cafe and coffee shop with pre-made meals available. Several lunch options are available to the East, past I-205. It is recommended that you check google maps to check for lunch options including Sweet Tomatoes, Chuck's Produce, or fast food restaurants such as Arby's, Taco Bell or Burgerville.

Date: Friday, February 9th, 2018   9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Cowlitz Indian Tribal Treatment (View)
7700 NE 26th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98665
United States


Education > Classes
Education > Workshops

Minimum Age: 16
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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