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Trauma, Substance Use Disorder, and the Brain

Exposure to traumatic stress and substance use often go hand-in-hand. Join us as we explore the neurobiology of trauma and substance use, discuss case examples, and apply the principles of trauma-informed care to recovery from substance use disorders. 


Meet the instructors:

Katie_Volk_no_name.pngKatie Volk has been focusing on poverty and related issues for over 15 years. She has directed numerous training, technical assistance, and curriculum development efforts. Katie has also trained thousands of service providers, primarily focusing on trauma-informed care, homelessness, child development, and organizational well-being. Prior to joining t3 and the Center for Social Innovation, she spent seven years at the National Center on Family Homelessness, where she worked in the post-Katrina Gulf; developed the PEACH, a physical and emotional awareness program for children; and was integral in crafting the 2009 American's Youngest Outcasts: State Report Card on Child Homelessness.


Lonnie_NoName.pngLonnie McAdoo has spent over 25 years doing HIV work, work with substance users, and violence prevention work. He has worked with many marginalized populations including people of color, LGBTQ, people in corrections or transitioning out of corrections, high risk youth, drug users, and homeless individuals. Lonnie has developed curricula and facilitated countless trainings and workshops on outreach to/working with marganizlied populations, developing peer education programs, applying Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing/prevention counseling, trauma-informed care, create LGBTQ-welcoming spaces, and working with high-risk youth. 



  • Week 1: The impact of traumatic stress on our brain
  • Week 2: Ways of coping with traumatic stress, focusing on behaviors as adaptions
  • Week 3: Working with people who have experienced trauma and addiction


Certificates of Completion are awarded to participants who have attended the all five, live webcasts, completed all required learning activities, scored higher than 80% on each weekly quiz, completed the course evaluation form, and the certificate request form. 6 hours of continuing education credit will be awarded upon completion of this course. Certificates will be emailed directly to participants roughly two weeks after the completion of the final webcast.



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Center for Social Innovation, Provider #1457, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education ACE) program. The Center for Social Innovation maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 10/17/2017 to 10/17/2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 6 continuing education clock hours.

Center for Social Innovation has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6576. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Center for Social Innovation is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This course has been approved by the Center for Social Innovation, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #100990, The Center for Social Innovation is responsible for all aspects of their programing.