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Tavistock Trauma Service: external lectures on trauma summer 2024 lecture 2 (CPD45C)

Treating the co-occurring conditions of trauma and substance abuse: an overview of treatment considerations and techniques

This lecture is also available as part of a series.

This innovative series of lectures is organised by the Tavistock Trauma Service and is designed to reflect the clinical approach of the work whilst emphasising an adapted psychoanalytic approach with multi-modality and trauma-informed care.

We also use neurobiological and attachment theory to understand the impact of trauma. Our series will present a range of external speakers, each experts in the field, who will bring their own understanding of trauma via a presentation, followed by an audience question and answer session.

Who is this lecture for?

It is for you if you are a professional working within the mental health field who have an interest in trauma. You may be a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, mental health nurse, support worker, counsellor or therapist.

Our talks will cover neurobiology, attachment theory and different psychoanalytic perspectives on trauma, including historical child sexual abuse.

Lecture details

This lecture will take place on:

DateStart timeEnd timeWill lecture be recorded* and available after the live event?
Thursday 6 June 20247pm8.30pmYes

*To enable access to the widest possible audience these lectures are planned to be delivered live, but remotely, as webinars. Where we are able, a recording will be made available to all booked delegates although we encourage live attendance wherever possible. Please see the details above to see if this lecture will be recorded and available after the live event.

These lectures will be delivered remotely using Zoom. You will need a device with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent the necessary login link about a week before the course start date. Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

This is the second lecture in the summer 2024 series.

Lecture 2: Treating the co-occurring conditions of trauma and substance abuse: an overview of treatment considerations and techniques

Thursday 6 June 2024

This lecture will be recorded.

Lecturer: Janice Fraser, MSW, RSW, SEP

A significant percentage of clients with substance abuse issues also suffer from complex and developmental traumas. Historically, the standard treatment was to “treat the substance abuse first” and then treat the trauma symptoms. While this treatment protocol is warranted in some instances, we now understand that treating these clients is an immensely complex process. How do we treat the individuals who cannot achieve continuous recovery because of their trauma symptoms? How do we support and treat individuals who are working towards stabilization of their addiction, while processing their traumas simultaneously?

This lecture will outline some elements of a treatment framework that allows for both trauma and substance abuse to be addressed concurrently. We will discuss some of the aspects of addiction, substance abuse, attachment theory, affect regulation, and somatic experiencing techniques that are relevant to this framework.


“Fantastic webinar about a topic that is difficult to talk about, rarely spoken about and hard to work with. Tonight was very enlightening and encouraging. Certainly will motivate and guide my personal research on the subject and undoubtedly open up my practice hoping to better support my clients.”
“Absolutely stunning – such an in-depth journey into new territory of work with trauma.”
“This lecture has been enormously helpful in providing me with a space to reflect on some of my cases alongside the presentation and discussion.”
“Yet again the standard of lecturers is excellent as well as the variety of viewpoints. Very stimulating course, thank you.”
“Thought provoking, relevant and very interesting.”


Book your place today

You can book a place on this lecture at any time. You’ll receive confirmation by email, and we will be in touch approximately one week before with detailed joining instructions.

Bookings will close 24hrs before the lecture.

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This lecture is also available as part of a convenient, cost-saving bundle for £75 – giving you access to our complete summer 2023 lecture series.

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