Seeking Safety

  • Training Dates: Each Judicial District has a training date.
  • Training Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ( 2 days of training)
  • Location:  Each Judicial District will host a Seeking Safety Training.  
  • Address: Provided in training confirmation details. 

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. 

Two alternate team members can be registered if additional space becomes available. 

Attendees must attend both days to obtain certification to facilitate the curriculum and a certificate of attendance

Attendees should register for the training located in their judicial district. Please see Georgia Judicial Circuit Map if there are questions about your court's district. 

Travel and Reimbursement 

  • CJCC will not provide any travel reimbursements for court staff who register for a training outside of the court’s district. 
  • CJCC will reimburse mileage and hotel & per diem for training attendance in the judicial district based on the CACJ Training & State of Georgia travel policy.   
  • CJCC and CACJ will not have a room block for this training. If an overnight reservation is required to attend this training, the court is required to secure the room and seek reimbursement using the instructions provided in the training confirmation email. 

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.

Seeking Safety topics

Seeking Safety offers 25 topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to trauma and substance problems. Topics can be done in any order, and address cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management domains:

  • Interpersonal topics: Honesty, Asking for Help, Setting Boundaries in Relationships, Getting Others to Support Your Recovery, Healthy Relationships, Community Resources
  • Cognitive topics: PTSD: Taking Back Your Power, Compassion, When Substances Control You, Creating Meaning, Discovery, Integrating the Split Self, Recovery Thinking
  • Behavioral topics: Taking Good Care of Yourself, Commitment, Respecting Your Time, Coping with Triggers, Self-Nurturing, Red and Green Flags, Detaching from Emotional Pain (Grounding)
  • Combination topics: Introduction/Case Management, Safety, Life Choices, Termination

Five key principles of Seeking Safety

  1. Safety as the overarching goal-- helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions);
  2. Integrated treatment that addresses trauma and addiction at the same time if clients have both;
  3. A focus on ideals to inspire hope;
  4. Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management; and
  5. Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on self-care, emotional responses, and other issues).

Additional features

  • Traumas are not described in detail. Clients do not have to tell or listen to intense trauma details. We focus on trauma as it impacts the client in the present.
  • Allows for harm reduction or abstinence approaches.
  • Encourages but does not require 12-step and other self-help groups
  • Focuses on empowerment and choice
  • Is written in everyday language to be accessible to all
  • "Meets clients where they are at" in terms of addiction, not requiring abstinence or motivation to quit; these often develop as they do Seeking Safety over time.
  • Anyone can participate. No one is excluded from Seeking Safety. Anyone receiving services of any kind can participate in Seeking Safety. It has been successfully conducted with people who are psychotic, illiterate, homeless, severely mentally ill, suicidal, and have histories of violence.
  • Anyone can conduct it. Training is available and recommended but only required only if a formal publishable clinical trials is being conducted for research purposes.

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, attendees should contact Debbie Mott to complete registration.  
  • An attendance confirmation email will be sent to coordinator and attendee before the training date with all the important details of the training. 

Download this pdf file.MOU for Seeking Safety

Registration for Seeking Safety 

Registration is ongoing and each event will close once the training is at capacity. 

Contact Planning & Policy Development Specialist

Mia Smith

Download this pdf file.Tentative Schedule of Training Dates and Locations