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Trauma Screening for Substance Use Providers

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In summary, people in substance use disorder treatment should be screened for traumatic events and for trauma related symptoms because this effects their recovery. Discussing trauma can be challenging but providing screening in a trauma informed manner will help the counselor and client develop a common understanding of the connection between their trauma and substance use. This approach will support a safe counselor-client relationship, provide effective treatment and promote better outcomes.


  1. Introduction
  2. Why we screen for Trauma
  3. Two Areas to Screen: Traumatic events and symptoms
  4. What Prevents Disclosure
  5. Asking Difficult Questions
  6. Screening and Treatment Planning
  7. Screening Instruments
  8. Summary
  9. Resources

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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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