Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety training will resume in 2022. All trainings are virtual. 

The next training dates are as follows:

February 7-8, 2022 

April 11-12, 2022 

August 1-2, 2022

Training Description

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. 

Which Team Members can Attend

This training does not require any license in order to become certified. However, due to the limited number of slots available, we ask that priority be given to the treatment, coordinator, case manager or Judge (optional). Please note that courts are allowed to send up to 3 team members on a first come first serve basis. Attendees must attend both days to obtain certification to facilitate the curriculum and a certificate of attendance.  

More about Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety (SS) is a coping skills approach to help people attain safety from trauma and/or addiction. It is present-focused and designed to be safe, optimistic, and engaging. The treatment is highly flexible. It can be conducted in group or individual format; open or closed groups; with any gender; adults and adolescents; any length of time available (using all 25 topics or fewer); any treatment setting (e.g., outpatient, inpatient, residential); and any type of trauma and/or addiction. It can be used from the start of treatment as it is stabilization-oriented. It can be used with clients who have trauma and/or addiction problems (they do not have to have both). Seeking Safety has been implemented for over 20 years in diverse types of programs, including community-based, mental health, addiction, criminal justice, veteran/military, adolescent, school, and medical settings. The Seeking Safety book has been translated into 12 languages.

Evidence based

Seeking Safety is an evidence-based model, with over 45 published research articles and consistently positive results and high satisfaction. It has been studied in a broad range of populations in terms of ethnic diversity, setting, and severity of trauma history and addiction.

Seeking Safety is one of the most cost-effective models, especially for addiction. A government-based analysis, for example, indicates that it has 88% likelihood of benefit relevant to cost, which was the third highest of all 23 SUD models (higher than motivational interviewing, 63%; motivational enhancement therapy, 61%, and relapse prevention, 56%) (Washington State Institute for Public Policy, 2018).

How to Register 

  •  A Training MOU is required to attend the Seeking Safety training. 
  • Program Coordinators should download the Training MOU document below. Review the document with the proposed registered attendee and obtain all the required signatures. Once the document is signed, registration can be completed by using the provided links. 
  • An attendance confirmation email will be sent to coordinator and attendee before the training date with all the important details of the training. 
  • Please select the date for registration and complete the form. 
  • If there are any questions, please reach out to the contact listed below. 

Download this pdf file. MOU for Seeking Safety