Seeking Safety

Seeking Safety consists of 25 topics that can be conducted in any order:

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

The key principles of Seeking Safety are:

  1. Safety as the overarching goal (helping clients attain safety in their relationships, thinking, behavior, and emotions).
  2. Integrated treatment (working on both PTSD and substance abuse at the same time).
  3. A focus on ideals to counteract the loss of ideals in both PTSD and substance abuse.
  4. Four content areas: cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, case management
  5. Attention to clinician processes (helping clinicians work on counter-transference, self-care, and other issues)