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Trauma and Its Relationship to Substance Abuse (9 hours)

Trauma and Its Relationship to Substance Abuse (9 hours)


This 9 hour course by Susan Brownlow will introduce to the counselor many of the needs and issues that are faced in dealing with the traumatic experiences many of our clients need to address in the recovery process.

The problems created by chemical dependency provide one of the greatest challenges that drug/alcohol treatment professionals face. It is, in fact, heart wrenching as clients share stories of abuse, neglect, trauma, grief and war in treatment groups. For many, these painful events happened early in life and using substances was a way to avoid the feelings that resulted from their pain. Others can tell the story of the event but not have any emotional attachment to it at all. Still others know something has happened but have no idea what occurred yet they are left with a nagging unknowingness, and a litany of physical and affective symptoms that seem to never be resolved, in spite of numerous medications and physician’s visits. 


By participating in this Distance Learning Course, the trainee will:

  • Understand the difference between PTSD and the DESNOS diagnosis.
  • Understand the difference between an isolated trauma event and the effects of cumulative trauma.
  • Develop understanding of the interaction between addiction and trauma.
  • Have a thorough knowledge of underlying factors that contribute to trauma behaviors.
  • Gain understanding of the complexities of developing appropriate treatment and aftercare plans.

Susan Brownlow, M.Ed, completed her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Southern Mississippi, obtaining a Master’s in Education, with an emphasis on community counseling. She has worked in the substance abuse field for more than 20 years, and is a supervising LPC and certified substance abuse counselor and SAP provider. She has worked with child welfare services providing substance abuse assessments and counseling for their clients. She currently works at a non-profit facility providing individual and family counseling, marital and couples counseling, and with clients who have mood disorders, PTSD, anxiety disorders.

In addition, she has developed the curriculum and program for women who have been arrested for domestic violence and is facilitating five groups for this population. She has developed and implemented a survivor of suicide support group and facilitated crisis debriefing groups in her area. She provides onsite supervision for students in master level programs completing their practicum and internship hours. In addition to this Series on Women's issues, she is the author/instructor for the DLCAS course entitled “Trauma and Substance Abuse.”

Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.

USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.

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