Seeking Safety [Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult) and Trauma Treatment (Adult)]

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Scientific Rating:
2
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Seeking Safety [Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult) and Trauma Treatment (Adult)] has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adult) and Trauma Treatment (Adult).

Target Population: Adults who have a history of trauma and/or substance abuse

Brief Description

Seeking Safety is a present-focused, coping skills therapy to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and clinician guidelines. The treatment may be conducted in group or individual format; with females and males; and in various settings (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, residential, home care, schools). Seeking Safety consists of 25 topics that can be conducted in as many sessions as time allows, and in any order. Examples of topics are Safety, Asking for Help, Setting Boundaries in Relationships, Healthy Relationships, Community Resources, Compassion, Creating Meaning, Discovery, Recovery Thinking, Taking Good Care of Yourself, Commitment, Coping with Triggers, Self-Nurturing, Red and Green Flags, and Life Choices. Seeking Safety is also rated on the CEBC in the Substance Abuse Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent) topic areas, click here to go to this entry.

Program Goals:

The primary goals of Seeking Safety are:

  • Reduce trauma and/or substance abuse symptoms
  • Increase safe coping in their relationships
  • Increase safe coping in their thinking
  • Increase safe coping in their behavior
  • Increase safe coping in their emotions

Contact Information

Name: Lisa M. Najavits, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Boston University School of Medicine & Harvard Medical School
Website: www.seekingsafety.org
Email:
Phone: (617) 299-1610
Fax: (617) 701-1295

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2009