Continuing Education Event – Unspoken Loyalty: Exploring the impact of trauma and substance Use in young adult families – webinar – 11/16/2021

Research continues to identify that one of the most critical elements of successful treatment is family involvement (SAMSHA). Research also reveals that as recovery capital increases and problem severity decreases recovery rates increase (White & Cloud, 2008). Notably, the research highlights the need for providers to fully integrate all external resources, including the family. As we see younger populations impacted by the disease, we must explore new avenues to meet their needs. Effective treatment practices, such as MAT should be explored and expanded so that evidence-based substance use treatment specifically targets our youth and young adults. Involving the family to educate on the role of MAT and to explore how their traumatic experiences in relation to their child’s SUD has impacted their parenting is an essential component to recovery. The unspoken loyalties to family could undermine recovery. When placed in a triangle, young adults often choose family over recovery.

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Edwards, M., Best, D.,Irving J., & Andersson,C. (2018) Life in Recovery: A Families’ Perspective, Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 36:4, 437-458, DOI: 10.1080/07347324.2018.1488553

Learning objectives:
Describe: the importance of family involvement in the treatment process, as it pertains to current research. Participants will understand the value that family adds to the process of recovery.
Explain: what family means as part of recovery capital and how to utilize families as a means to increase treatment compliance, add to length of stay, and increase follow through with aftercare recommendations.
Apply: how to actively engage in conversations with families with the young adult patient to encourage them at involving their families and signing the release of information.
Recovery Centers of America has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7002. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Recovery Centers of America is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This course qualifies for 2 credit hours.

Trainer Bio:
Vice President of Family and Clinical Programming

Trish Caldwell, MFT, LPC, CCDP-D, CAADC, CCTP is a licensed clinician, marriage, and family therapist and is certified in both co-occurring disorders and substance use.

Trish has been a therapist for over 25 years and has worked extensively with families, adults, and adolescents with co-occurring behavioral health and substance use disorders in various settings including outpatient, residential, schools, and community agencies. She is trained in DBT and is a Certified Trauma Professional and a Certified Mentor Trainer of Trauma. Additionally, Trish created the first Young Offenders Treatment Program in Delaware County, serving first time offenders with Drug charges.

Trish has been the Keynote speaker for the PAYS Summit, the Suicide Prevention Conference, and Magellan behavioral health conference. Additionally, she has provided in-service training for several PA school districts and has trained law enforcement officers on drug trends for the CIT program. She has also presented at the Annual Trauma conference, the Cape Cod Symposium, and the annual conference for the American Association for Marriage and family Therapists (AAMFT). Trish specializes in ADHD, opioid use in young adults, trauma-informed care, developmental trauma, trauma and substance use disorders, trauma and the family system, family engagement, and substance use for today’s teens. Trish holds her MFT from Drexel University and is licensed and certified in the state of PA.

During her career, Trish has held a variety of clinical and leadership roles. Additionally, she is a member of the NOPE task force and Partners for Success Coalition, and she holds a private practice specializing in adolescents and young adults who have been diagnosed with ADHD or Trauma.


Nov 16 2021


9:00 am - 11:00 am

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