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The Holistic Impact of Trauma and Substance Use and Abuse


It is not uncommon for someone who has experienced trauma to struggle with addiction. In fact, trauma may be the underlying cause for substance abuse problems and counselors should know how to approach it with an informed, research-based perspective and understanding. By preparing for and knowing ways to manage these dynamics, counselors can empower their clients to succeed in their struggle with addiction. During this webinar, counselors will gain a deeper understanding of the role of trauma and the trauma-informed practice model. They will learn how trauma can impact substance use and abuse, as well as best practices for supporting clients who have experienced trauma.

Participants will:

- Gain an understanding of trauma-informed helping concepts as they differ from traditional approaches.
- Be exposed to and have the opportunity to integrate neurobiological concepts using the polyvagal model into their interventions.
- Learn about the current research on trauma’s impact on substance use and abuse.
- Examine some of the current research-based methods of treatment and intervention.


Presenter: Dr. Mark Lepore

Dr. Mark Lepore










Mark Lepore, Ed. D, LPC, LCSW is a mental health trainer for the American Red Cross (ARC) and a Volunteer Partner Director for the Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces (SAF) branch, headquartered in Washington, DC. He led the professional team that wrote curriculum, at the request of the U.S. Department of Defense, for military service members and their families reconnecting after deployment. Those resources are now utilized both nationally and internationally as part of the resiliency programs available to all branches of the Armed Forces, including members of the Reserves and National Guard as well as active-duty service members, veterans, and their families.

Starts: Sep. 28, 2022 1:00 pm
Ends: Sep. 28, 2022 2:30 pm
Registration Deadline
September 28, 2022
Event Type
Webinar/Virtual Training
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