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Addiction, Trauma, & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): The Neuroscience behind Developmental/Attachment Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences
Linda Curran, Vincent Felitti, Gabor Maté, Louis Cozolino, Bessel van der Kolk, James W. Hopper, Lance Dodes, Lisa Ferentz...
PESI, Inc. / Seminar on DVD / Sep 2016
Trauma / Addiction
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5 hr 16 min seminar on DVD

Clients are desperately trying to make sense of their symptoms of depression, free-floating anxiety, addictive behaviors, dysregulated emotions, physiological arousal, and seemingly unrelated medical issues. They look to you to create an understanding, provide an accurate diagnosis, and layout an effective treatment approach; however, you find that you can’t without understanding and addressing their “why”. The science is clear and overwhelming about the lasting effects of adverse childhood experiences, developmental trauma, and attachment wounds.

In this video, you will learn key insights regarding the neuroscience of addiction from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, one of the largest investigations of childhood abuse and neglect, and the impact on later-life health and well-being. You will understand the important assessment and treatment implications from neuroscience that show us addiction is experience dependent, not substance dependent.

You will learn treatment recommendations from the leading experts in trauma and addictions treatment including:
Bessel A van der Kolk, MD, New York Times best-selling author and the world’s leading expert on psychological trauma
Vincent Felitti, MD, co-principal investigator of the ACE Study
Louis John Cozolino, PhD
Lance Dodes, MD
Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA
Jim Hopper, PhD
Gabor Maté, MD
Lane Pederson, PsyD, LP, DBTC
Mary Lou Schack, PhD

Fusing research and theory about attachment and complex developmental trauma, these experts provide invaluable insight that simply must inform our therapy, including:
The therapeutic alliance, along with all its inherent challenges with boundaries and clinical enactments
The use of contemplative practices for changing the brain
Teaching skills for self-regulation
Evidence-based modalities for both stabilization and processing traumatic material

These experts help illustrate how your clients do not get over or grow out of childhood trauma. These painful experiences, when left unrecognized or untreated, continue to impact us throughout our lifetime; however, with this new insight you can finally say to your client:

Your behavior absolutely makes sense and here’s what neuroscience and the ACE Study tells us about the association between your experiences as a child and your struggles as an adult.

Featuring-Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDP-D, a trauma specialist, veteran clinician, and best-selling author of Trauma Competency: A Clinicians Guide and 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions. Linda has collaborated with the world’s leaders in trauma, including Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., to develop best-selling DVDs and books covering all aspects of psychological trauma, including three video projects for The Master Clinician Series: Trauma Treatment: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century; Power Therapies: EMDR and Beyond; and Evidence-Based Treatments for PTSD.


List the 10 categories studied, along with the major findings, The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study.
Discuss the impact of 6 or more ACEs with regard to adult morbidity and mortality.
Describe the impact of the addition of 10 “trauma-informed questions” to a general medical questionnaire in terms of medical costs.
Apply DBT skills to mental health, addiction, and dual diagnosis clients.
Learn the challenges and complications with 12 step programs.
Differentiate simple PTSD versus complex PTSD.


I. Introduction of the Program

II. Introduction of Master Clinicians

III. The ACE Study

a.The Origins of the ACE Study
i. ACE Study Questions

b. 10 Categories Studied
i. 3 Categories of Abuse
1. Physical
2. Emotional
3. Contact Sexual
ii. 2 Categories of Neglect
1. Emotional
2. Physical
iii. 3 Categories of Household Dysfunction
1.Household Substance Abuse
2. Mother Treated Violently
3. Household Mental Illness
4. Incarcerated Household Member
5. Parental Separation or Divorce

c. Demographics
Impact on
Emotional State
Mental Illness
Social Malfunction
Occupational Performance
Biomedical Health
Premature Death
Damage Occurs
Various “Maladaptive” Coping Mechanisms
Evidence Against the Disease Model of Addiction
People Couldn’t Stop Using
Spontaneous Remission
Shift to Behavioral Addictions
DA Response is Immediate
Different Causes of Relapse
Chronic Unrelieved Stress on the Brain
Disrupted Brain Development
Borderline Personality Disorder
Complex PTSD
Implementing ACE Study Information
The Addition of 10 Trauma-Oriented Questions
Theater work
Neuroscience of Trauma
Addiction Treatment Trauma
12 Step Program vs. Treatment
Trained, Educated Counselors
Individualized Treatment
Reduce Cost/Eliminate Frills
Therapeutic Relationship Complex Trauma
Therapeutic Alliance
Clinical Enactments
Mandated Therapy for Therapists
Simple Interventions
The Body and the Brain; Embodiment Circuitry
5 Functions of DBT
Increasing Client Motivation
Increasing Client Capability
Generalize Skills
Increasing Therapist Motivation
DBT Skills
Distress Tolerance
Emotion Regulation
Interpersonal Effectiveness
DBT Interventions
More on the Phase Model of Treatment
Simple vs. Complex PTSD
Trauma Processing Modalities
Evidence-Based Practice

About the Speaker:

Linda Curran, BCPC, LPC, CACD, CCDPD, is president of Integrative Trauma Treatment, LLC, in Havertown, PA. Currently, she provides clients an integrative approach to trauma, and treats PTSD in adolescent and adult populations, including clients with eating disorders, sexual trauma, and self-injury. An international speaker on the treatment of trauma, Linda has developed, produced, and presents multi-media workshops on all aspects of psychological trauma.

Linda is the author of best selling Trauma Competency: A Clinician’s Guide (PPM, 2010) and her newest book 101 Trauma-Informed Interventions (PPM, 2013). She is the producer of the best-selling Interview Trauma series DVD’s in which she collaborated with the world’s leaders in Trauma: Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.; Peter Levine, Ph.D.; Babette Rothschild, MSW, LCS; Stephen Porges, Ph.D.; Janina Fisher, Ph.D.; and many more.


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