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Integrating a Trauma-informed approach in behavioral health settings

Integrating a Trauma-Informed Approach in Behavioral Health Settings (TIA)

Over the past 20 years, a growing understanding of the pervasive and harmful impact of traumatic events on individuals, families, and communities has led to the emergence of research on the effects of trauma and treatment strategies to address mental health and substance use disorders. According to SAMSHA, trauma is a widespread, harmful, and costly public health problem, occurring because of violence, abuse, neglect, loss, disaster, war, and other emotionally harmful experiences. While many people who experience a traumatic event do not have lasting negative effects, others experience more difficulty with traumatic stress reactions. Research has documented the relationship between exposure to traumatic events and substance use. For example, approximately 20%-90% of individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD) have a history of childhood trauma and 37% to 52% have a posttraumatic stress disorder diagnosis (Mergler et al, 2018). When it comes to trauma, there are no boundaries regarding age, gender, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geography, or sexual orientation.

This online learning series will increase the skill level of behavioral health professionals to define and recognize trauma in individuals. Helping individuals affected by trauma to manage their symptoms using a strength-based approach minimizes re-traumatization and enhances practitioners’ ability to provide trauma-informed support.

WHEN: Weekly sessions offered on the same day and start time between July 27 and September 7, 2023. Day and time will depend on your location. Please locate your local time zone in the table below for your weekly start time.

Location Start Date End Date Weekly Start Time
California/Nevada Thurs, July 27 Thurs, September 7 3:00 pm PDT
Arizona Thurs, July 27 Thurs, September 7 3:00 pm MST
Hawaii Thurs, July 27 Thurs, September 7 12:00 pm HST
Pago Pago, American Samoa Thurs, July 27 Thurs, September 7 11:00 am SST
Koror, Palau Fri, July 28 Fri, September 8 7:00 am PWT
Hagåtña, Guam Fri, July 28 Fri, September 8 8:00 am ChST
Saipan, CNMI Fri, July 28 Fri, September 8 8:00 am ChST
Palikir, FSM Fri, July 28 Fri, September 8 9:00 am PONT
Majuro, RMI Fri, July 28 Fri, September 8 10:00 am MHT


At the end of the TIA Enhanced Professional Learning Series, participants will be able to:

  • Identify at least two (2) initial and two (2) ongoing reactions to trauma
  • Classify at least three (3) key elements of Resilience and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG)
  • Explain at least three (3) effects of trauma on various developmental stages
  • Evaluate at least two (2) common experiences that produce traumatic impact
  • Describe the Polyvagal Theory and at least three (3) brain/body responses to trauma
  • Distinguish at least two (2) system-wide impacts of trauma informed care
  • Determine at least three (3) core components of trauma and diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Name at least two (2) key elements in the relationship between childhood trauma substance use and suicidal ideation
  • Identify at least three (3) key principles of a trauma-informed care in treating substance use and mental health disorders


  • Behavioral health, substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and peer recovery support providers located in the Pacific Southwest ATTC region (HHS Region 9)


  • Attend a live 1-hour Orientation on July 27 (refer to chart above for scheduled dates/times in your time zone)
  • Participate in a 6-week online learning community: 1.5 hours sessions on scheduled series days/time and complete 1.0 hour of weekly learning activities
  • Access to appropriate technology to utilize online videoconferencing platform (i.e., an internet connection, built-in or USB webcam, laptop/tablet, built-in/USB/Bluetooth speakers and microphone)
  • Be prepared and actively engage while on camera 90% of the scheduled series time


Kate Speck, PhD, MAC, LADC

THIS SERIES IS AVAILABLE TO YOU AT NO COST. Space is limited to the first 35 registrants who will receive a grant-funded scholarship that covers the entire $350 cost of participation. As a grant-sponsored scholarship and to receive continuing education hours, it is expected participants will attend a live orientation; be prepared for and join each session; and actively engage in group discussions. Due to limited enrollment, if you cannot commit to the full participant requirements, please defer this registration opportunity to others. 


This series has been approved for a total of 16 contact hours through the National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC), International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), and the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) ACEP No. 6492.

APA Approved SponsorUCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs (ISAP) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

UCLA ISAP is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #64812). UCLA ISAP maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Course meets the qualifications for up to sixteen (16) hours of continuing education credits for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCS, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. UCLA ISAP is also an approved provider of continuing education for RADTs I/II, CADCs-CASs, CADCs I/II, CADCs-CSs, and LAADCs (CCAPP, #2N-00-445-1123), CATCs (ACCBC/CAADE, #CP40 872 C 0825), and CAODCs (CADTP, #151). Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #15455, for up to 16 contact hours. UNR CASAT is an approved provider of continuing education credit for NCACs I/II and MACs through the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC, #98165). The training is approved by the Hawaii State Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division for 16 education content hours (CSAC, CCJP, CCS, CPS, CCDP-D, and CSAPA). This program is approved by the National Association of Social Workers-Hawaii Chapter NASWHI-CEP-005 for up to sixteen (16) Social Work continuing education contact hour(s), zero (0) specifically in Ethics.

CE credit will be awarded at the conclusion of the series for full-session participation. Partial credit will be available for those participants who arrive to any particular session late or leave early. Make-up work will not be provided or accepted.


Registrants enrolled in this series are expected to attend the first two sessions. If you cannot attend these sessions, you will forfeit your spot to attend and be automatically dropped from the series. In addition, it is expected that participants will have access to the appropriate technology by Week 2 to fully participate and be on camera at least 90% of the time. This is not a webinar series and active participation to gain/improve skills are required.


Please contact the NFARtec Workwise Staff at or by phone at 775-784-6265 or 866-617-2816 (toll-free).

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