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Trauma-Informed Treatment for Adolescents with Substance Use Disorders

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This two-hour training is designed for mid- to advanced level experienced clinicians as well as direct care staff to improve their skills concerning their work with adolescents who struggle with a trauma history as well as substance use issues. The core content includes adolescent developmental stages (social, emotional and cognitive), defining trauma, emotional and behavioral traits displayed by those who have experienced trauma, the relationship of trauma and substance use, trauma-informed and trauma-specific best practices within the milieu or therapeutic relationship, and coping with secondary trauma and burnout.

This learning module is made possible by funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.


At the end of this module participant will be able to:

  1. Describe how adolescents are different from adults
  2. Describe the developmental tasks of adolescence
  3. Describe the effects of trauma exposure on adolescents
  4. Explain the relationship between trauma and substance use for adolescents
  5. List the principles of trauma informed care
  6. Describe the skills needed by adolescents recovering from substance use disorders and trauma
  7. List strategies for reducing the effects of secondary trauma and burnout

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

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