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A Comprehensive Introduction to Psychological Trauma for Substance Use Disorder Treatment Professionals

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This training is designed to support individual and organizational efforts to provide trauma informed care. While this training was developed specifically for substance use disorder treatment professionals, anyone who wants to know more about the relationship between trauma and substance use disorders may benefit from it.

The training is broken down into four separate one-hour modules. Each module is designed to introduce the learner to a specific topic relative to the theory and practice of trauma informed care.

Each module should take approximately one hour to complete. Each module is followed by a brief quiz. At the end of module four there is also a brief survey. For those that complete all four modules, complete each quiz earning a score of 80% or higher, and complete the survey a total of four CE credits or a certification of completion will be awarded.

Continuing Education Units

Approved for 4 social work continuing education hours in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Registration of Social Workers, 258 CMR 31.00.
Approved for 4 category I contact hours from MaMHCA, MMCEP.
Approved for 4 contact hours of training credit from the Mass. Department of Public Health, BSAS/LADC Unit.

Module One: Trauma and the Individual

This one hour online module will assist substance use disorder professionals in understanding how trauma impacts individuals, as well as how individuals attempt to cope with traumatic experiences. Particular emphasis is placed on the connection between trauma and substance use.

Module Two: Trauma and Relationships

This one hour online module will assist substance use professionals in understanding the impact of trauma on relationships. The connection between past trauma, parenting, substance use, and intimate partner violence will be reviewed.

Module Three: Supporting Recovery from Trauma

This one hour module will assist substance use professionals in understanding and implementing trauma-informed care within the context of substance use disorder treatment. The four principles of trauma informed care as well as the components of trauma informed care will be reviewed.

Module Four: Secondary Trauma and Self Care

This one hour module will explore the issues of secondary, or vicarious trauma, and the development of resilience among substance use professionals. How secondary trauma presents itself as an occupational hazard, how to cope with it, and strategies to develop resilience to prevent it will be presented.

If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the training, contact David Stanley at

These training modules have been developed by the Institute for Health & Recovery with funding provided by Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

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