Webinar: The Uninvited Guests — Trauma, Mental Health and Addiction
- Date Recorded: May 13, 2020
- Presenter: Dr. Louise Stanger
- Length: a little over an hour
- Price: $50.00 (Members receive 15% discount)
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I met anxiety at 7, that’s when my father beset with alcoholism, depression, and the all-consuming memory that his parents killed themselves at age 48, took his own life by hanging himself with a tie. Trauma for me became an uninvited guest lodged in my memory.
Many of my clients — young adults, combat veterans, police, firemen, women with chronic pain, men and women who had been molested as a child, or folks who witnessed a catastrophic loss such as September 11, earthquake, fire, etc. — found their hearts wounded and at a loss because of a traumatic event, family history and other factors. Addiction became their way to numb their pain.
This webinar will describe and demonstrate through case study the interrelatedness of trauma, substance abuse, and mental health. Together we will explore resiliency as a personal act of defiance, emotional elasticity and recovery as keystones to recovery. Evidence based treatment options will be given as ways to mend the wounded heart.
At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:
- Identify and differentiate trauma as both subjective and objective and how its effects people over the life span.
- Recognize how trauma can be a precipitating factor which leads to substance abuse and vice versa the activities one engages while in the midst of a substance use disorder can be traumatic.
- Review research-based strategies (EDMR, experiential, somatic, etc.) which work well with trauma and addiction.
Dr. Louise Stanger
Louise Stanger, EdD, LCSW, CDWF, CIP is a preeminent interventionist and thought leader in the behavioral health and addiction treatments industry.
She has performed thousands of family interventions in the US and abroad, gives presentations around the country on various topics related to mental health and addiction, process disorders and chronic pain, and has received prestigious awards from her fellow industry colleagues for her dedication to intervention and recovery. In addition to her work with clients and families, she is former University faculty at San Diego State University and University of San Diego, where she brought in over 5 million in grants for substance abuse and alcohol training and education.
Her new book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions: A Collective Strategy, (2018) is the first academic book in the U.S. about the intervention process. It has been adopted at graduate schools across the country and is also available on Amazon. In 2019 Dr. Stanger was named the Interventionist of the Year by Harvard McLean Hospital an Affiliate of Harvard University and DB Resources London.