Seeking Safety



Seeking Safety is an evidence-based coping skills approach to help people attain safety from trauma and/or substance abuse. It is present-focused and designed to help clients work on trauma and/or substance abuse in a way that is very safe, optimistic, and engaging. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians. The treatment is highly flexible. It can be conducted in group or individual format; open or closed groups; for women, men, or mixed-gender; for any length of time available (using all topics or fewer topics); all levels of care (such as outpatient, inpatient, residential); and for any type of trauma and any type of substance misuse. Seeking Safety has been successfully implemented for over 18 years by all types of programs, including community-based, criminal justice, veteran/military, adolescent, schools, and medical settings.


No specific degree or experience level is required. Seeking Safety is an extremely safe model to implement. Any staff in a program who works with clients who have trauma and/or substance abuse is welcome to participate, including clinicians of all types (counselors, social workers, etc.), and also any others relevant to your program, such as program administrators, advocates, peers, community members.


Participants will learn to:

  • increase empathy and understanding of trauma and substance abuse;
  • describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse;
  • use assessment and treatment resources relevant to Seeking Safety
  • understand current clinical issues in treating trauma and substance abuse;


Summer Krause, LPC, CADCIII is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor III, with a clinical practice in Oregon that includes adult and adolescent Seeking Safety, in both individual and group modality. Her specialties are grief, trauma and addiction. She has worked in nonprofit, group home, juvenile justice, residential and outpatient settings. She is a trainer/consultant working directly with Lisa Najavits, PhD (the developer of Seeking Safety) on all aspects of this project.

Important dates

  • Pre-work Webinar: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm ET 
  • On site Training: April 6 - April 9, 2014 (Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico)
  • Coaching call: To be determined with each organizational team

Post-Training Webinars:

  • Thursday, June 12, 2014 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm ET

Information for all webinars is posted on the Discussion Forum under the "Meeting and Logistics" thread.


For more information visit the Seeking Safety website.

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