Trauma and Addiction: Concurrent Treatment of SUD, Addiction, and PTS(D)

New! Filmed Summer 2020

Presented by Eric Gentry, Ph.D.

On-Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for 6 CEUs


This On Demand course and will be available to view starting after the scheduled air dates. Participants can watch, pause, and re-watch the sessions at their convenience.

All course content (quiz, certificate, videos) will be available until July 1, 2021. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on June 1, 2021. 

This course brings the treatment of traumatic stress and addiction/substance use disorders into the 21st Century.  In 1995, Evans and Sullivan published Treating the Addicted Survivor of Trauma that advocated treating both of these conditions simultaneously and the field has slowly evolved toward this more efficacious and humane method of service delivery for addicted survivors.  This on-demand video presentation provides 6.0 contact hours of distilled content from Dr. Gentry’s Certified Addiction-Informed Mental Health training that he provides for clinical professionals in the US.  It offers a clarified understanding of the subtle differences and similarities between addiction and substance abuse (disorder).  Using attachment trauma research and the voluminous research with the Aversive Childhood Experiences (ACE), this course establishes trauma as the core cause of addiction and the necessity of addressing traumatic stress for survivors to enjoy lasting relief from their unconscious patterns of posttraumatic self-defense, which includes addiction.

This course introduces The Empowerment and Resilience Treatment Structure—a generic protocol for the delivery of the “Active Ingredients” that are imbedded in all the evidence-based treatments for traumatic stress and substance abuse.  These active ingredients include:  therapeutic relationship; positive expectancy; life-skills building; relaxation/self-regulation; exposure; and cognitive restructuring/psychoeducation.  This course provides interventions to address each of these throughout the treatment trajectory working with addicted survivors.  Primarily, this course teaches the skills of self-regulation—the interruption of the physiological and cognitive threat response in real time.  This skill combined with coaching clients to confront situations in which they perceive threat becomes an in vivo exposure process that allows addicted survivors (and all other clients) to gradually lessen their posttraumatic symptoms in a safe and effective way.  This method of working with past trauma has become best practice for working with addicted survivors and those suffering with the symptoms of complex PTSD because it allows them to resolve the effects of past trauma without accessing the trauma memories and all the destabilization that imaginal exposure can cause.

In addition to developing skills sufficient to immediately implement in vivo exposure as a tool in your practice, this course also offers many skills for safety and stabilization in early treatment.   Following the completion of this course you will feel empowered to help your clients who are addicted survivors with proven methods that lessen their symptoms, support their recovery and help them transition into effective and satisfying lives.

Online Course Format

  • 6 CEUs
  • 6 Hours of content
  • Non-Interactive – registrants will have access to lectures, PowerPoint presentation, demonstrations, video clips, and experiential exercises.
  • Recordings Available – Sessions are pre-recorded and available for participants to access immediately.

Foundational Issues in Addiction-Informed Psychotherapy

Addiction vs. Substance Use Disorder vs. Chemical Dependency

Neurobiology of Addiction

Causes of Addiction (Biopsychosocial)

Attachment Issues and Traumatic Stress

What Causes Trauma?

  • Assessment
  • Feedback Informed Tx
  • Tools for Hope/ANS
    • Self-Regulation
    • Graphic Time-Line/Narrative
    • Shame > Self-Compassion
    • Additional Stabilization & Containment
  • In vivo Exposure
    • Forward-Facing® Trauma Therapy • Capacity-Building
    • Imaginal Exposure (1+ year of recovery)
  • Elements of PTG
  • Continuance of IVE/FFTT/Capacity-
  • Building
  • Reconnection
  1. Summarize the causes of substance use disorders & factors that reinforce drug use as related to case conceptualization.
  2. Explain the basic neurobiology of addiction and its treatment implications.
  3. Conceptualize treatment that addresses both Traumatic Stress and Addiction concurrently
  4. Discover the “active ingredients” for trauma treatment that work equally well with addictive disorders
  5. Develop skills for assessing traumatic stress & addiction disorders
  6. Competently implement feedback informed therapy with traumaddicted clients following training to develop, maintain & enhance therapeutic relationship and positive outcomes
  7. Discover technical and relational interventions for enhancing positive expectancy during treatment
  8. Conceptualize importance of teaching clients about ANS functions especially threat response (tools for hope)
  9. Identify the key components to interrupting threat response in real-time activities (self-regulation)
  10. Develop skills for ameliorating shame towards self-compassion using graphic time line intervention
  11. Skills development for relaxation, grounding & containment to assist with safety & stabilization
  12. Employ principles of reciprocal inhibition to engage in vivo exposure to lessen PTS(D) and addiction sx
  13. Discover principles of posttraumatic growth and resilience for both early-stage skills0building later-stage optimization

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

J. Eric Gentry, PhD, LMHC, DAAETS is an internationally-recognized leader in the field of disaster and clinical traumatology. His doctorate is from Florida State University where he studied with Professor Charles Figley, one of the pioneers of traumatic stress. Dr. Gentry was one of the original faculty members of the Traumatology Institute and later became the co- director of the International Traumatology Institute at the University of South Florida. Dr. Gentry, along with Dr. Anna Baranowsky, is the co-author and co-owner of the Traumatology Institute Training Curriculum—17 courses in field and clinical traumatology leading to seven separate certifications. He has trained thousands of professionals and paraprofessionals worldwide in the treatment of traumatic stress. He has been a clinical member of several CISM teams and has provided assistance in many different disaster and critical incidents including Oklahoma City, New York City, and hurricanes in Florida. He was the developer of the Community Crisis Support Team, which began in Tampa, Florida and has become a model for communities to integrate mental health services into their disaster response network. Dr. Gentry has published many research articles, book chapters, and periodicals in this maturing area of study. He is the co-author of Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization and Recovery published by Hogrefe and Huber in 2004 (2011; 2015) and Forward-Facing Trauma Therapy in 2016. He has a private clinical and consulting practice in Phoenix, AZ and is adjunct faculty at many universities. Dr. Gentry draws equally from his scientific study and from his rich history of 35 years of professional care giving to balance this training with current, empirically-grounded information and experienced-based compassionate intervention skills. You will be challenged, inspired, and uplifted by Dr. Gentry and this training.

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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