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Addiction and Recovery: A Trauma-Focused View: Video Course


Speaker: Dr Jamie Marich

Product: Video Course
Price: £135

CPD Hours: 5

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Conceptually, addiction refers to a fixation on or a surrender to something outside of oneself; which may be manifest in a number of ways – from alcoholism and drug dependence, to compulsive porn consumption, behavioural repetitiveness and forms of acting out. Practically speaking, these addictions may co-exist, exhibit comorbidity with anxiety / depression and be deep rooted in a trauma landscape – presenting multiple challenges for psychotherapists, counsellors and psychologists. Often, practitioners may also find themselves in a great struggle when addressing addiction, feeling that their existing methods and modalities are proving insufficient.

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Full Course Information

At this practically-oriented workshop, Dr Jamie Marich – a renowned specialist in addictions, trauma and dissociation – seeks to bridge the conceptual and practical gap between traditional addiction therapy principles and approaches for trauma-focused care. She contends that many existing courses and programmes for treating addiction do not sufficiently take the impact of unhealed trauma into account. Through case-vignettes and examples, she explains how a trauma-focused view for addictions can inform our treatment strategies and allow us to construct trauma-informed therapeutic action plans that incorporate multi-modal and inter-modal approaches. The overall goal of the workshop is to equip practitioners with new strategies for addressing addictions meaningfully, regardless of their specific setting or modality.

Objectives of the workshop:

  • To define addiction through at least three different existing models of understanding within the treatment field, and discuss relevant debates and criticisms of each
  • To discuss and define addiction through a specific trauma-focused lens, which takes into account the new Addiction as Dissociation model
  • To articulate the basic tenets of the Addiction as Dissociation model and ultimately discuss the link between unhealed complex trauma and dissociation and the development of substance use disorders and other addictive behaviours
  • To develop a basic treatment plan for working with a clinical presentation that involves addiction or other issues of behavioural compulsivity, guided by models for trauma-focused treatment
  • To practice and teach to clients at least five mindfulness-informed strategies that can assist with affect regulation, distress tolerance and craving management
  • To evaluate one’s personal needs for further training in the study of addiction, trauma and its interplay

About the speaker 

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC-CS, REAT, RYT-200,RMT travels internationally speaking on topics related to EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in her home base of Warren, OH. Dr Marich began her human services career as a civilian humanitarian aid worker in post-war Bosnia from 2000-2003. She is the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness approach to expressive arts therapy and co-creator of the Yoga Unchained approach to trauma-informed yoga. She delivered a TEDx talk on trauma in 2015. Jamie is the author of EMDR Made Simple: 4 Approaches for Using EMDR with Every Client (2011), Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Recovery Enhancement (2012), Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors, Dancing Mindfulness: A Creative Path to Healing and Transformation (2015). In collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger she also wrote: EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care (Springer Publishing Company, November 2017). Her newest title, Process Not Perfection: Expressive Arts Solutions for Trauma Recovery, released in April 2019.

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