Working with Trauma and Substance Use

You may be working with clients with trauma and alcohol and other drug issues or you may want to effectively respond to a client’s trauma or it may be that you are just interested in the issue of trauma; then why not download this resource for free!

Putting together the pieces: Responding to trauma and substance use


Putting together the pieces is a evidenced based resource that provides workers with practical skills and knowledge to assist a client to work with their trauma issues within an alcohol and other drug context.

It is packed with practical tips based on the latest thinking and research over its 50 pages.

Putting Together the Pieces is written for clinicians in the AOD sector, but will be useful for anyone working with clients who experience both trauma and substance use issues. This includes mental health workers as well as people who work with refugees, asylum seekers, gamblers and anyone who has experienced natural disasters and other forms of loss. It provides AOD workers with the information that will assist them to support clients to address trauma issues within a treatment context. These include:

  • Understanding trauma, its effects and how it relates to AOD use;
  • Screening for trauma-related mental health disorders and assessing for the symptoms associated with trauma;
  • Issues related to creating a safe treatment setting and establishing rapport when working with trauma;
  • How to recognise guilt, shame and secrecy associated with the negative consequences of traumatic experiences;
  • The importance of a staged approach to treatment of trauma; Interventions and tools for treating co-morbid issues;
  • Knowing when to refer and how to support transitions between services;
  • The importance of self-care and avoiding vicarious trauma.

View a preview of the resource here (pages 1-6)


Download your FREE copy of this resource.

At ReGen we believe and hope that working with trauma will continue to become an important part of the conversation in the AOD sector. ReGen has helped start the conversation by developing the resource - Putting Together the Pieces: Responding to Trauma and Substance Use. We hope that you will continue the conversation by providing feedback here on how to make this more accessible, more relevant and responsive to your needs.

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