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Trauma & the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Enhancing Recovery

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About the Course:

Criticism of 12-step recovery is nothing new; however, 12-step programs are increasingly getting a bad rap for being too “one size fits all,” or not applicable to individuals struggling with issues beyond the scope of simple alcoholism or addiction, especially issues surrounding traumatic stress. Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide to Enhancing Recovery takes the posture that there is nothing wrong with using 12-step recovery principles in treatment or in continuing care with individuals who are affected by trauma-related issues. However, this book also explains how rigid application of 12-step principles can do more harm than good for a traumatized person, and that learning some simple accommodations based on the latest knowledge of traumatic stress can enhance the 12-step recovery experiences for trauma survivors. Written for professionals, sponsors, and those in a position to reach out and help recovering addicts, the user-friendly language in this book will teach you how to unify the traditional knowledge of 12-step recovery with the latest findings on healing trauma.

This course is based on the book, Trauma & the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide for Enhancing Recovery created by Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC in 2012.

Publication Date:

2012, First Edition

Course Material Author

Jamie Marich, Ph.D., LPCC-S, LICDC

Dr. Jamie Marich has worked in mental health residential treatment, and in chemical dependency treatment as an inpatient, outpatient, and dual diagnosis counselor. Jamie travels the country offering original workshops for counselors and social workers on a regular basis, and she serves as a contributing faculty member for several online universities.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, addiction counselors, and social workers who seek knowledge about enhancing the 12-step recovery process. It is appropriate for an intermediate level of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. To define both trauma (in a broad sense) and the DSM diagnosis of PTSD

  2. To explain how untreated trauma and/or PTSD can be a risk factor in addiction relapse

  3. To describe the concepts of trauma-sensitive and trauma-informed addiction recovery

  4. To integrate trauma-sensitive/trauma-informed approaches into 12-step facilitation
    activities as a helping professional and/or 12-step sponsor

  5. To identify which elements of traditional 12-step recovery programs or treatment
    programs based in 12-step philosophy are most helpful for survivors of trauma

  6. To practice 12-step facilitation activities, either as a professional or as a sponsor, in an
    increasingly person-centered manner

  7. To develop integrated, trauma-sensitive treatment plans within traditional 12-step
    recovery structures

  8. To assess which activities and modalities are optimal for helping an addicted survivor of
    trauma reprocessing traumatic memories

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Trauma and the Twelve Steps: A Complete Guide For Enhancing Recovery

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