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Trauma Institute


Sponsored by
Behavioral Health Alliance of Rural Pennsylvania and System of Care Project

Above the Valley Special Event Center
559 North Pennsylvania Avenue
Centre Hall, PA 16828

Thursday, September 28th


Friday, September 29th

9:00 am to 4 pm

(Registration begins at 8:00 am, Light breakfast and Lunch will be provided)



The goal of this presentation is to describe current state-of-the art knowledge about the treatment of patients with trauma and substance abuse, a population that is typically considered complex, with multiple life challenges. We will cover background on trauma and substance abuse (including rates, the typical client, models and stages of treatment, and clinical dilemmas) and clinical Interventions for trauma and substance abuse, as well as resources for further learning. The Seeking Safety model will be highlighted as it is the most evidence-based model for trauma and substance abuse. This model is intended for clients aged 14-adult.  *** NOTE: WE RECOMMEND THAT PARTICIPANTS REVIEW THE SEEKING SAFETY MODEL PRIOR TO REGISTRATION BY CLICKING BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION:  



• To review scientific literature on rates and presentation of trauma/substance abuse;
• To increase empathy and understanding of trauma/substance abuse;
• To describe Seeking Safety counseling strategies;
• To provide assessment and treatment resources.

Target Audience

BHARP 23 Counties: Mental Health and Drug & Alcohol Outpatient Providers, Child Welfare staff, Education, FBMH Providers, BHRS Providers, Juvenile Probation, System of Care partners.


Kay Johnson, LICSW, has 25 years clinical and administrative experience in outpatient and residential substance abuse, mental health, and trauma programs. She specializes in trauma and co-occurring disorders. Kay is a senior associate for Treatment Innovations as a trainer and consultant and has worked with Lisa Najavits on clinical research projects in the US and Canada since 1997. Since 2002, she has presented workshops and staff training on Seeking Safety, Creating Change, a Woman’s Path to Recovery, and Trauma Informed Care.


There is no charge for this event, however registration is required. General and Social Work CEU’s will be offered pending approval.




This project was developed, in part, under grant number 1U79SM062468-01 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.