TRAINING AND CONSULTATION ON SEEKING SAFETY
This page has six sections related to Seeking Safety training:
(2) Training Materials (for organizers of trainings)
(3) About Training (types of training available)
Training Resources (downloadable
from this website)
(5) Training Calendar (dates of upcoming trainings)
(6) About Consultation (types of consultation available)
If you do not find what you need, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
We are delighted to set up a training. Please read ourFact Sheet on Training for information. This sheet provided detailed information regarding training options (length, cost, format, etc). Please feel free to fill out the Training Request Form at the end of the sheet. This the first step to help us identify how best to meet your training needs. Completing this form does not obligate you in any way. It is just a preliminary form, after which we will get back to you with some options (which you can choose to pursue or not). Email the completed form to email@example.com
If you have any questions, please contact us. Some possibilities:
This section provides materials for those who are organizing a training. We hope they are helpful to you. See also the Fact Sheet on Training (which provides key details on costs and options). If helpful, see also the FAQ section on Training.
a)Planning form (to create a smooth process; required at least 6 weeks prior to any training)
c)Optional materials (CV, bio/intro, photo, post-training questions)
d)A note on CEUs and evaluation forms
e)Outlines and objectives
g)Institutional information (a completed W-9 form for you to download, contact information)
Note: most below are Adobe Acrobat documents. To download Acrobat (free), clickhere.
(a) Planning Form (required for all trainings)
Please fill out one of the following forms
On-site training form:firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible; please send by email. email@example.com
Phone consultation and/or Adherence Ratings only
Note: if a small screen pops up asking for login / password, click "cancel" and the form will appear.(b) Audiovisual: list of equipment (for all trainings)
For a training by Lisa Najavits:
For training by an associate: please obtain CV, bio/intro, photo firstname.lastname@example.org
(d) A note on CEUs / certificates / evaluation forms
You are welcome to apply for CEUs and to use the materials here for that purpose. However, we are unable to apply for or provide CEUs. Similarly, we do not provide an evaluation form nor certificate of attendance nor any other certificate for attendees, but you are welcome to create one if you choose to (and the trainer can sign them onsite, if desired).
(e) Outlines / objectives for Seeking Safety training
Please select one below, based on the length and content of the presentation.
Standard training (on trauma, substance abuse, and Seeking Safety)
(1) Short program (under 2 hours, e.g., plenary or panel):short program outline/objectives
(2) Workshop (usually 2-4 hours):workshop outline/objectives
(3) 1-day training:1 day training outline/objectives
(4) 1.5 or 2 day training:1.5 or 2 day initial training outline/objectives
Other trainings -- please see above for other training options (various options for both format and content)
Please select handouts below, based on the length and content of the presentation. See also theimportant note about all handouts.
Standard training (on trauma, substance abuse, and Seeking Safety)
(1) Short program (2 hours or less, e.g., plenary or panel)
Handouts: Please use either thebasic handouts or, if you prefer, the very short set of handouts
(2) Workshop (usually 2-4 hours)
Handouts: Please use (1)basic handouts plus (2) Asking for Help. If this is too long to xerox, you could use (1) the very short of set of handouts plus (2) Asking for Help.
(3) 1 day training
Handouts: please use (1)basic handouts (2) Asking for Help and (3) Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version); and (4) the Session Format Checklist.
(4) 1.5 or 2 day training
Handouts: please use (1)basic handouts (2) Asking for Help and (3) Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version), and (4) the Session Format Checklist.
Also, for any training of 2 days or more, there is one additional handout, but it is not authored by us, and thus cannot be posted here. To obtain it, please email@example.com and put in subject line "additional 2 day handout" and then list which training it is for (date of training and location). Thanks.
Important note about all handouts
1) None of the handouts include a copy of the powerpoint slides. However, a modified version can be obtained if you request it by email(firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask for "modified slides." This document is more than 10 pages, so please keep that in mind. Also, it can only be distributed to attendees of your training in hard copy form (it cannot be distributed electronically nor posted to the web). Please be sure to request these in advance as they cannot be sent after the training. Thanks for your understanding.
2) The basic handouts above are more than 20 pages. If you want to shorten them, please email@example.com for ideas on reducing the page length.
Other trainings please request the handouts by email firstname.lastname@example.org once the training has been set up.
If needed, you can download a completed W-9 form (we do not sign forms individually but request that you download this completed form; per IRS regulations, this is sufficient); thanks!
(3) About Training
We deliver training in various ways, including via DVDs, videotape, onsite in-person training, attending an existing training, telephone consultation or any combination of these. We also provide training on various topics.
2. Facilitator guide (so that your staff can facilitate use of the Seeking Safety training DVDs)
In keeping with the flexibility of Seeking Safety, our training is also highly flexible to adapt to the specific needs of each entity and to be sensitive to resource and cost parameters.
a) On-site training. On-site trainings can be arranged for your staff. There is no limit on the number who can attend. Also, you may be able to attend an existing training. There are numerous trainings held all over the US, in Canada, and sometimes internationally. See the training calendar.
b) Telephone consultation. Either following a training or on its own, telephone consultation can be arranged. These can be theme-based calls (each call focuses on a specific theme, Getting started with Seeking Safety (developing an action plan), Conducting the session, Engaging Clients in the Work, Focusing on Trauma, Focusing on Addiction, Adapting Seeking Safety, Working with unsafe behavior, Adolescents (challenges and opportunities), Adults (challenges and opportunities), Older adults (challenges and opportunities), Tough Cases, Role-play a session, Fidelity (Staying True to the Model)) or can be open-ended. Both theme-based and open-ended formats provide plenty of opportunity for interaction, question/answer, case scenarios, role-plays, etc.
c) Open consultation calls. Starting in 2013, we now offer open consultation calls that anyone can join. Two options:
(1) For staff in Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense, these are free. Email Martha.Schmitz@va.gov from your VA or DoD email address-- no outside email addresses-- and ask to join her list of VA Quarterly Seeking Safety Consultation Calls.
(2) For anyone else, you can join our open consult calls schedule for 2013.There is a fee per call, but you can flexibly join just one or the whole series.
d) DVD / video training. A series of training videos are available.
e) Webinar. We can also provide any training in webinar format.
II. Training CONTENT
Our group provides training on various topics related to addiction, trauma, and treatment. Some of our primary topics are below (along with training agendas and objectives). We can also modify or combine trainings as desired to fit agency goals.
Each below can be conducted separately, in combination, as an initial training and/or a followup training, and in any format (e.g., onsite in person, via webinar or phone).
a) Seeking Safety. An overview of the model, how to implement it, demonstration of a session, role-play practice of a session by attendees, and various video clips and experiential exercises. Can be attended by any staff, including trainees, any degree and experience level. No prerequisites. When conducted in one-day or longer format, by the end, any staff can conduct Seeking Safety if they choose to. Click here for detailed outline/objectives.
b) Enhancing Skills in Implementing Seeking Safety (Followup Training). This training is typically conducted l months after a standard training (e.g., 6 to 12 months later). It is optional as a way to support those who attended the standard training have had the opportunity to try out Seeking Safety in their clinical work. To help participants make the most of the follow-up training it is suggested (but not required) to ask them to prepare the following, or a subset of these:(1) Bring a list of any clinical dilemmas, case scenarios, and positive/negative feedback about how their work using Seeking Safety thus far. (2) Fill out the Seeking Safety feedback form (which is provided both in the final chapter of the book). (3) Read the articles Training Clinicians in Seeking Safety and Implementing Seeking Safety (both can be downloaded from the "articles" section of this website). Click here for outline and objectives.
Fidelity rater training. Some agencies want to assure that their
clinicians are conducting the Seeking Safety model with strong fidelity
(i.e., consistent with the model). We can provide two options, and you can
choose either or a combination:
d) Promoting Sustainability of Seeking Safety: Champions and Supervisors. This presentation provides detailed training to help staff become skilled at supervision in Seeking Safety, for both individual and group supervision. We focus on sustainability and keeping staff energized and inspired in the work. Exercises include: providing feedback to supervisees, how to bring new staff on board in Seeking Safety, the structure of supervisory sessions (parallel process to Seeking Safety), ongoing monitoring using fidelity procedures, trouble-shooting, and optimal characteristics of the Seeking Safety supervisor. Prerequisite: it is strongly advised that participants have extensive experience conducting Seeking Safety themselves. Click here for outline and objectives.
e) Phone Consultation and Theme-Based Phone Consultation. These can
be very helpful to provide a place for clinicians to ask questions and
discuss case scenarios, do role-plays, and otherwise deepen their
understanding of Seeking Safety or other content. There is no limit on the
number who can attend the phone sessions.
an as-needed basis (occasional, as desired)
To read more about this, please read the Fact Sheet on Training.
g) Creating Change. This presentation offers a description and implementation of Creating Change, a new counseling model for trauma and addiction (Najavits, in press). The new model is designed to offer additional work beyond Seeking Safety (Najavits, 2002), and can be conducted sequentially (Seeking Safety as stage 1, Creating Change as stage 2) or concurrently. Where Seeking Safety teaches coping skills in the present, the new model focuses on processing of past memories and emotions. Similarities and differences with existing evidence-based PTSD and/or SUD treatments are described. Click here for outline and objectives.
h) Trauma and Problem Gambling. This presentation addresses the link between trauma and problem gambling (as well as the formal diagnoses related to these, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, and pathological gambling). We address background, rates, clinical presentation, and treatment challenges, as well as Seeking Safety, an evidence-based counseling model for trauma and/or addiction. The model has been implemented with problem gamblers and a recent pilot study (Najavits et al., 2013) evidences positive outcomes in a sample of men and women with current PTSD and current pathological gambling. Click here for outline and objectives.
i) Women and Addiction: Listening to Themes. This workshop focuses on women’s addiction. The goal is to deepen understanding of how gender impacts both the addiction process and recovery. Topics include: rates; pathways to addiction; treatment issues; and subgroups who are especially vulnerable to addiction. A major focus will be trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, which are central for many women in recovery. The workshop will focus on supportive and specific tools to aid recovery, including experiential exercises, video clips, self-tests, and workbook materials. Click here for outline and objectives. Click here for a sample schedule.
Various materials on this website can assist with training. In the section Articles you will find articles that provide an overview of the model, suggestions for training clinicians on it, and implementation of it. In the section Assessment, you will find the Seeking Safety Adherence Scale and Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version). You can also read the suggested Seeking Safety Supervision Format.
. (5) Training Calendar (dates of upcoming trainings)
Below are all upcoming trainings in Seeking Safety in 2014 by Lisa Najavits and her associates. In brackets next to each date "Lisa N" refers to a training by Lisa Najavits; "associate" is by an associate who is trained by her. Workshops refer to lengths of 1.5-3 hours, approximately. Longer trainings (1 and 2 days) provide a more intensive experience. To see the outline for training, go to Training Materials. If you are interested in any training below, contact the person listed next to the training. If the workshop is listed as "closed", it is not open for further attendance. If you are interested in setting up a training at your site, please go to Setting up a training. You can also see a listing of prior years' trainings (e.g., to locate a program that may offer Seeking Safety).
1/17/14 [associate]: Aurora, CO (2 day training) [closed]
1/23/14 [Lisa N]: Show Low, AZ (1 day training) [closed]
1/24/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]
1/27/14 [associate]: Tulsa, OK (1 day training) [closed]
1/30-1/31/14 [associate]: Waco, TX (2 day training) [closed]
1/31-2/1/14 [associate]: Oxnard, CA (2 day training) Childrens Mental Health and Diagnostic Treatment Services and Aprenda Educational Services (contact Wilda Laija-Rodriguez, Ph.D. at e-mail: email@example.com or 818-631-8853)
2/4-2/5/14 [associate]: Woodland, CA (2 day training) [closed]
2/10-2/11/14 [associate]: Saratoga, CA (2 day training) [closed]
2/10/14 [associate]: Bedford, MA (1/2 day training) [closed]
2/12-2/13/13 [associate]: San Mateo, CA ([2 day training) [closed]
2/24/14 [associate]: South Pasadena, CA (1 day training) [closed]
2/26/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]
2/26/14 [associate]: Inglewood, CA (1 day training) [closed]
3/4/14 [associate]: Gardena, CA (1 day training) [closed]
3/11/14 [associate]: Dania Beach, FL (1 day training) [closed]
3/11/14 [associate]: San Francisco, CA (1 day training) [closed]
3/12/14 [Lisa N]: Waterloo, ON, Canada (1 day training) [closed]
3/17/14 [associate]: Bedford, MA (1/2 day training) [closed]
3/18/14 [associate]: Tulsa, OK (1 day training) [closed]
3/19-3/20/14 [associate]: Oklahoma City, OK (2 1 day trainings) [closed]
3/24-3/25/14 [associate]: Pinellas Park, FL (2 day training) [closed]
3/25-3/26/14 [associate]: Modesto CA (2 day training), [full]
3/28/14 [Lisa N]: Brooklyn, NY (2 hour workshop) [closed]
4/2-4/4/13 [Lisa N]: Charlottetown, PEI, Canada [closed]
4/7/14 [associate]: Briarwood, NY (1 day training) [closed]
4/7-4/9/14 [associate]: Pueblo, NM (2.5 day training) open to NNED partners. See http://nned.net/index-nned.php/nnedlearn/ for details.
4/14/14, 4/15/14 [associate]: Reseda, CA (1 day trainings) [closed]
5/13-5/14/14 [associate]: Saratoga, CA (2 day training) [closed]
5/23/14 [Lisa N]: Toronto, ON (1 day training) [closed]
5/28/13 [associate]: Anaheim, CA (2
6/6/14 [associate]: Canton, MA (4 hour training), contact Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, Alicia Barron, firstname.lastname@example.org, register online: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/ptsd-and-problem-gambling-tickets-9851221268
6/26-6/27/14 [associate]: Riverside, CA (2 day training) [closed]
9/21-9/25/15 [Lisa N]: Athens, Greece (1 week curriculum) [closed]
Consultation of various types are available. Typical consultations are:
If you are interested in consultation, please email@example.com and provide your contact information and a basic description of what you have in mind. We will contact you to discuss options.