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Seeking Safety

Description:

Treatment for clients with a history of trauma and substance abuse

Designed for flexible use: group or individual format, male and female clients, and a variety of settings (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, residential)

Focuses on coping skills and psychoeducation

Emphasizes: (1) safety as the overarching goal; (2) integrated treatment; (3) a focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse; (4) four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management; and (5) attention to clinician processes

Study Populations:

13-17 (Adolescent), 18-25 (Young adult), 26-55 (Adult)

American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, White, Race/ethnicity unspecified

Adaptations: has been tested with dually diagnosed women, men, and adolescent girls. Samples have included clients in outpatient and residential settings, low-income urban women, incarcerated women, and veterans (both men and women). The treatment manual is available in both English and Spanish

Outcomes:

1. Substance use

2. Trauma-related symptoms

3. Psychopathology

4. Treatment retention

© Doreen A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D. November 12, 2009

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