Addiction, Trauma, and the Family: Treatment Tools for Change

Addiction, Trauma, and the Family: Treatment Tools for Change

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We are beginning to see in the field that addictions are trauma rooted, but that trauma is seldom limited to the individual who struggles. Not infrequently, it is generational and the role that the addict has played in the family has served to continue the family trauma. Addiction is indeed a family disease and we will journey into the family dynamics to look at how to support individuals struggling with addiction in a way that will increase the odds for long term recovery and family healing.



This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to:

a). Identify and state how trauma underlies addiction and use tools to assist in long term recovery.

b). Identify and state how trauma creates family roles that continue the addictive family process.

c). Name, understand, and implement change in the various family roles that individuals conform to.

d). Identify and explain family resistance in the context of addiction treatment.

e). Understand and implement healthy boundary training in the recovery of all family components.

f). Explain the difference, in family terms, between recovery and “returning to normal”.

Dr. Jennifer Sweeton is a clinical psychologist, best-selling author, and internationally-recognized expert on anxiety and trauma, and the neuroscience of mental health. She completed her doctoral training at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University), and the National Center for PTSD. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in affective neuroscience from Stanford University, and studied behavioral genetics at Harvard University.


Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She is the current President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 10,000 mental health professionals in her workshops.


Dr. Sweeton is the author of the book Trauma Treatment ToolboxHer latest book is Eight Key Brain Areas of Mental Health and Illness (2021).

This online training program will give you instant access to video content, accessible via streaming on our website, as well as downloadable PowerPoint slides. You can view the course content in your own time, there is no time limit on access.


The duration of this course is 5.5 learning hours.


Please click the “Mark Complete” button on each module as you progress through the course. A certificate of completion will be generated upon finishing the course and completing a multiple-choice evaluation quiz (33 questions). Please consult your professional organisation/association to confirm whether you are able to claim any CPD points/hours for this online training program.