Seeking Safety Training: Core Skills for Evidence-Based Practice

November 30th - December 1st, 2022

Where: Online at your desktop, or smart device

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** Bring your team and take advantage of group rates

This training is presented based on the implementation guide developed by the architect of the method, Lisa Najavits*, PhD, ABPP, “Seeking Safety: An Implementation Guide, in Rubin and Springer, The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice". It will also train participants to utilize the facilitator manual developed by Lisa Najavits 

Seeking Safety is a present-focused, evidence-based coping skills approach developed as an integrated treatment for co-morbid issues regarding trauma (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUD). It does not require the client to dwell on the past, although it can be combined with trauma-processing methods. The primary goal of Seeking Safety is to promote recovery by assisting the individual in developing strategies to keep them safe from the effects of trauma, and the painful impact of substance use. As the title implies, “Seeking Safety” is the objective.

The Seeking Safety method seeks to counteract the impulsivity and chaotic nature of this co-morbidity with a process that emphasizes planning, pacing, and predictability. While it’s a structured approach, the treatment is also designed to be extremely flexible to adapt to clients’ needs, clinicians’ preferences, and a variety of treatment contexts.

Any practitioner can conduct the program, provided they have a desire to work with this population, a willingness to use a manual-based approach, and possess positive interpersonal skills.

Program Goals and Learning Outcomes

In this training, participants will learn;

  • The central ideas around which the method is based, and core skills for applying them
  • To clearly define “traumatic” experiences and the connection of trauma to substance abuse
  • Skills for maintaining safety for the client and they themselves, the practitioner
  • Skills for helping clients learn safe coping skills
  • Skills for helping clients manage impulses and manage emotions
  • To utilize the facilitator manual* developed by Lisa Najavits

* Facilitator Manual: Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse” by Lisa M. Najavits

* If you plan on conducting Seeking Safety sessions with clients, the manual is required. Purchase the manual separately and have it available during the training to learn how it is used.

The manual comes in two (2) versions - a hardcopy version, and an electronic PDF version (There is also a Kindle version sold on Amazon, although we understood from users they are not able to print from the kindle version. You will need to print some sections and forms for your sessions).

Purchase the manual where books are sold online or bookstores. We offer the electronic PDF version for purchase during your registration checkout. If you purchase from us we will order and send you the proprietary link you will need to download the manual onto your computer or electronic device (tablet, etc).

For the hardcopy version, please purchase from other booksellers. You can consider getting them from the publisher, Guilford Press, Amazon, or other places like that. When ordering the hardcopy manual, please be mindful of shipping times to ensure you receive it in plenty of time to receive it by the training date.


June E. Fisher, MSW, LSW, Certified Federal and Child and Family Service Review Evaluator

June E. Fisher is a nationally recognized trainer of trainers with over 20 years of experience providing training and education services to professionals, children, youth, families and their communities.  Ms. Fisher provides dynamic interactive workshops for families, agencies and communities. Her knowledge and skills include working with human and social services teams and systems in the areas of intellectual disabilities, child welfare, trauma, mental health, and drug and alcohol.

Ms. Fisher is nationally recognized for her skills as a Certified Trainer and Curriculum Writer. In 2009 she was named “Trainer of the Year” by the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program. She is also a Certified Federal and Child and Family Service Review (CFSR) Evaluator experienced with the mandated Federal outcomes and the program improvement plan (PIP) process. She has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in Cumberland County Pennsylvania since 2009.

Ms. Fisher works with the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center at the University of Pittsburgh and also serves as associate faculty member at Joyfields Institute for Professional Development. Ms. Fisher earned her Bachelors of Social Work degree from Temple University and her Masters in Social Work at Widener University.

Event Details

Event Date 11/30/2022
Event End Date 12/01/2022
Cut off date 11/29/2022
Individual Price $295.00
Speaker June E. Fisher, MSW, LSW, Certified Federal and Child and Family Service Review Evaluator
Number Hours 13
Location Online Event