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Trauma-Informed Care: Working in the Addictions System

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Certificate Program: Online Trauma-Informed Organization: Basics for All Staff |  Substance Use and Addiction |  Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders |  Trauma and PTSD |  Trauma-Informed Organization: Elective Courses
Susan Lisker, MS, CRC
54 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Recording Date:
Aug 16, 2017




This online digital self-study seminar offers the training in a video format with readings and internet videos listed in the handout section. All course handouts can be viewed online, saved to your computer or printed.


The course offers a foundation of information regarding implementation of Trauma-Informed Care in the addiction field. This course is for non-clinical professions including doctors, nurses, receptionists, administration, caseworkers, and other professionals and volunteers who interface with clients’ services from addiction treatment services. Benefits of implementing a Trauma-Informed approach in the addiction field are improved symptomology and retention to treatment. The benefits are not limited to this; rather they far exceed and provide a great amount of support and empowerment to all involved.


Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize how trauma plays a role in addiction;
  • Identify the implications that trauma has on individuals;
  • Identify specific ways those serviced by addiction treatment providers can benefit from implementing Trauma-Informed Care;
  • Apply steps to create a trauma-informed system.


Hours for the UB School of Social Work Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care (ITTIC) Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program:  1 Elective hour


Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care in the addiction field (instructor Susan Lisker)
  2. Trauma and its implication and prevalence with addiction (instructor Susan Lisker)
  3. Common practices in the addiction field that can be retraumatizing  (instructor Susan Lisker)
  4. Watch internet video 1 ( title and link is in the course outline with your other handouts)
  5.  Watch internet video 2: ( title and link is in the course outline with your other handouts)


Handouts are  Located in the Materials Tab of the Course Site.


Target Audience: This course is for non-clinical professions including doctors, nurses, receptionists, administrative staff, caseworkers, and other professionals and volunteers who interface with the addiction field.


Trauma-Informed Certificate Programs, University at Buffalo School of Social

Work Office of Continuing Education: This course fulfills ELECTIVE hours.


Course Availability: Your license for watching this Digital Seminar never expires.


Course Completion:

  • Upon completion of watching the videos and readings, you will need to complete the evaluation and course quiz.
  • Based on best continuing education practice, quizzes are included to verify your acquisition of knowledge. A score of 80% is needed to pass. You may retake the quiz if you do not achieve a passing score the first time.
  • Certificate of Completion: Upon successful completion of the quiz, you will be able to print your Certificate of Completion for this course that includes your name, and completion date.
  • Frameable Certificate of Completion for the Trauma-Informed Clinical Foundation Certificate Program: If you are taking the entire ITTIC certificate Program, please email when you complete the program requirements and you will be mailed your certificate of completion.

ADA accommodations: If you require supports for your ADA needs in the United States, please contact us in advance by email at or phone at 716-829-5841.


Customer service: We are happy to respond to any questions or concerns you may have. Please contact us by email at or phone at 716-829-5841.


CEs/Contact Hours

UB ITTIC Online Trauma-Informed Organization Certificate Program: Basics for All Staff- elective course

1  Hours



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Susan Lisker, MS, CRC, is the Director of the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services Stutzman Addiction Treatment Center located in Buffalo, NY. It is a 33-bed inpatient addiction treatment facility. Susan has helped to implement Trauma-Informed approaches through her work as the Director of the facility. This included developing and implementing innovative Trauma-Informed Treatment utilizing Seeking-Safety, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy and EMDR. Susan has focused and dedicated her career to the addiction field. She is also an Adjunct Faculty member in the University at Buffalo Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology where she is able to share her knowledge and experience with graduate and undergraduate students.

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