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Trauma and the 12 Steps

An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery

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About the Course:

12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) have helped countless people on the path to recovery. But many still feel that 12-step programs aren’t for them: that the spiritual emphasis is too narrow, the modality too old-school, the setting too triggering, or the space too exclusive. Some struggle with an addict label that can eclipse the histories, traumas, and experiences that feed into addiction, or dismisses the effects of adverse experiences like trauma in the first place. Advances in addiction medicine, trauma, neuropsychiatry, social theory, and overall strides in inclusivity need to be integrated into modern-day 12-step programs to reflect the latest research and what it means to live with an addiction today. In this book, Dr. Marich provides this integration- an approach to treat the whole person, not just the addiction- to foster healing, transformation, and growth.

This course covers chapters 1-6.

This course is based on the book, Trauma and the 12 Steps created by Jamie Marich, Ph.D. in 2020.

Publication Date:

Revised and expanded Jul 2020

Course Material Author

Jamie Marich, Ph.D.

Jamie Marich, Ph.D. travels internationally speaking on EMDR therapy, trauma, addiction, expressive arts, and mindfulness while maintaining a private practice in Warren, OH. She is the founder of the Institute for Creative Mindfulness and the developer of the Dancing Mindfulness practice in expressive arts therapy. Dr. Marich is the author of seven books, including the popular EMDR Made Simple and EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma Focused Care, written in collaboration with Dr. Stephen Dansiger.

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavior therapies.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe why a trauma-sensitive approach is important in recovery.

  2. Identify how alcohol and substance abuse can interplay with diagnosed PTSD and small-t trauma, including dissociative symptoms.

  3. Differentiate the elements of the triune brain and explain their functions.

  4. List at least 2 benefits of twelve-step programs for trauma survivors.

  5. List three problematic slogans for trauma survivors used in twelve-step programs.

  6. Describe two ways to incorporate flexibility and trauma-sensitivity to twelve-step programs.

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Course Material

This course only covers Chapter 1-6 of this book.

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