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Seeking Safety: Core & Advance Skills in Evidence-Based Approaches - (PRIVATE PROGRAM) - CE Training Hours-12

This training is presented based on the implementation guide developed by Lisa Najavits, “Seeking Safety: An Implementation Guide, in Rubin and Springer, The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice. It will also train participants to utilize the facilitator manual developed by Lisa Najavits 

Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence-based coping skills approach developed as an integrated treatment for co-morbid issues regarding trauma (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD). It does not require the client to dwell on the past, although it can be combined with trauma-processing methods. The primary goal of Seeking Safety is to promote recovery by assisting the individual in developing strategies to keep them safe from the effects of trauma, and the painful impact of substance use. As the title implies, “Seeking Safety” is the objective.

This training is based on implementation guidelines developed by the architect of the method, Lisa Najavits*, PhD, ABPP. The Seeking Safety method seeks to counteract the impulsivity and chaotic nature of this co-morbidity with a process that emphasizes planning, pacing, and predictability. While it’s a structured approach, the treatment is also designed to be extremely flexible to adapt to clients’ needs, clinicians’ preferences, and a variety of treatment contexts.

Any practitioner can conduct the program, provided they have a desire to work with this population, a willingness to use a manual-based approach, and possess positive interpersonal skills.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

In this training, participants will learn;

  • The central ideas around which the method is based, and core skills for applying them
  • To clearly define “traumatic” experiences and the connection of trauma to substance abuse
  • Skills for maintaining safety for the client and they themselves, the practitioner
  • Skills for helping clients learn safe coping skills
  • Skills for helping clients manage impulses and manage emotions

To utilize the facilitator manual developed by Lisa Najavits


Trevor J. Manthey, Ph.D., MINT

Trevor Manthey has worked with individuals and organizations to leverage motivation for change throughout his career. Early on Trevor noted that externally driven change only helped people and organizations change temporarily. Once external drivers were removed previous behaviors returned. It didn’t matter whether the external drivers were positive or negative. Alternatively, interventions that helped people self-determine their goals, and clearly articulate their reasons for achieving those goals, tended to increase the likelihood of lasting change. Change that was internally driven tended to last longer. Facilitating self-determined goals and motivating lasting behavior change are the unifying themes present throughout Trevor’s varied professional experience.

Trevor has worked in many roles, settings, and locations. For the last 15 years he has worked in the social services field helping people with disabilities; this has included helping people achieve educational, employment, and career goals. Along the way Trevor began helping human service organizations develop, implement, and sustain evidence-based interventions meant to increase self-determination. For the last 12 years Trevor has provided Motivational Interviewing training and technical assistance for vocational rehabilitation and other human service agencies. Recently he started helping healthcare agencies, business organizations, and professionals apply Motivational Interviewing to optimize culture and increase follow through.

Event Details

Event Date 08/01/2022
Event End Date 08/02/2022
Cut off date 08/03/2022
Individual Price Free
Speaker Trevor J. Manthey, Ph.D., MINT
Number Hours 12
Location Online Event