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Attachment, Trauma, and Addiction Treatment: Keys to a Successful Recovery

For decades counselors have recognized that individuals who grow up in neglectful and traumatizing family systems develop attachment styles that promote personal safety, while inhibiting emotional and social development. Patients in addiction treatment programs who struggle in these two areas will often fail to meet recovery milestones and appear resistant or unmotivated. 

It is for this reason that addiction professionals must understand the relationship between attachment and developmental trauma.  They must also know how these issues inhibit the therapeutic relationship and what interventions are needed to assist patients to successfully engage in treatment.

Join this webinar and learn how childhood neglect and trauma influence neurobiology, affect regulation and adult relationship development.  You will also learn about the importance of pace when building a therapeutic relationship, and how to identify individual and group interventions that can maximize treatment outcomes.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the impact of early childhood neglect and trauma on neurobiology, affect regulation, and adult relationship development.
  • Assess the impact of avoidant attachment style on establishment of the therapeutic relationship and identify methods for balancing patient/therapist relationship needs in each phase of treatment.
  • Identify group and individual interventions to address attachment struggles in early, middle, and late stages of therapy.

CEU Information

The Association for the Addiction Professionals - NAADAC

This course has been approved by Vendome Group, LLC, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider # 993121, Vendome Group LLC is responsible for all aspects of their programming.

NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, represents the professional interests of more than 85,000 addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals in the United States, Canada and abroad. NAADAC’s members are addiction counselors, educators and other addiction-focused health care professionals, who specialize in addiction prevention, treatment, recovery support and education. An important part of the healthcare continuum, NAADAC members and its 47 state affiliates work to create healthier individuals, families and communities through prevention, intervention, quality treatment and recovery support.

About the Speaker(s): 

Michael F. Barnes
Clinical Director
University of Colorado Hospital/CeDAR

Dr. Barnes has more than 30 years’ as a clinician, program administrator, clinical supervisor, and counselor educator. He brings significant expertise in the treatment of addiction, trauma, and marriage and family issues. He has specific expertise in working with traumatized families and in the development of trauma-integrated addiction treatment.

He formerly served at the University of Colorado Denver as an Assistant Clinical Professor and Training Coordinator in the Masters Program in Counseling. Dr. Barnes received his BA in Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, his M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh, and his Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Florida State University.

He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and approved clinical supervisor for individuals seeking licensure as professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in Colorado.