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Attachment, Trauma and a Developmental Model of Addiction and Recovery: Integrating Mental Health and Addiction Theory and Practice

  • Thursday, January 18, 2024
  • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Online WEBINAR


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Presenter: Stephanie Brown, Ph.D


Costs:  CSCSW Member: FREE | Students: FREE
Nonmember (with CEUs): $65 | Nonmember (no CEUs): $40

2 CEUs

This event will be recorded.


Mental health and addiction theory and practice share a long history of controversy. The developmental model of addiction, with its focus on the trauma of loss of control and a radical, transformational process of change in recovery, provides a missing bridge in theory and practice for these controversial fields.

We will review the developmental/trauma model of addiction, including the stages and tasks of treatment for the patient, accenting disordered attachment to alcohol and the loss of control as central organizing principles in the experience of being addicted and the process of recovery. We will define active addiction as a traumatic attachment disorder and the process of recovery as trauma treatment and new development in recovery.

Key therapist issues we will explore include beliefs, values, transference, countertransference and themes of power and control. We will outline the multiple roles of the therapist at each stage of recovery development including how to listen, how to integrate theoretical frames, and how to define a treatment alliance.

The therapist is guided by a deep belief that the process of healthy development and change in recovery involves an understanding of paradox and radical transformation for client and therapist.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. To construct an attachment based, trauma centered developmental model of addiction and recovery.
  2. To define addiction as an attachment disorder and loss of control as the central organizing principles of the developmental model of addiction and recovery.
  3. To describe the stages of addiction and recovery and the tasks of treatment, change and new development for the addicted person.
  4. To highlight key issues for the therapist in working within a process, developmental/trauma model.
  5. To describe trauma theory as a bridge between mental health and addiction theory and practice.

        Workshop Logistics: After registering you will receive a link to the ZOOM WEBINAR.  

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        Stephanie Brown, Ph.D

        Stephanie Brown, Ph.D. is a clinician, author, teacher, researcher, and consultant in the field of addictions. As Founder and Director of The Stanford Alcohol Clinic from 1977 to 1987, she created a program within medicine for treatment, training and research of addiction and its impact on the family. She founded and directs The Addictions Institute in Menlo Park, California, an outpatient psychotherapy clinic built on her theories of addiction and recovery as a developmental process. As a Research Associate at the Mental Research Institute (MRI) in Palo Alto, she co-directed The Family Recovery Research Project during the 1990s. In today’s world, she teaches and consults about society’s addiction to technology and the impact of cultural addiction on treatment programs and people in recovery.

        A licensed psychologist with over 40 years of clinical experience, Stephanie is an internationally recognized expert on the trauma and treatment of alcoholics, all addicts, and their families. A founding member of the National Association for Children of Alcoholics (now National Association for Children of Addiction), she is especially well known for her pioneering work in the theory and treatment of adult children of alcoholics and all addicts.

        The author of 11 academic and popular books, plus two training videos (Jaylen Productions, 1997) and a video on family recovery (Hazelden, 2005), Stephanie lectures worldwide. Her most recent book, SPEED: Facing Our Addiction to Fast and Faster and Overcoming Our Fear of Slowing Down was published by Berkley Books (an imprint of Penguin) in Jan. 2014. A co-founder of the Grandmother Project, she continues her exploration of grandmothers’ experience of a fast pace of life and technology on their grandchildren.

        Stephanie works closely with Mary Kennedy, LCSW, who is directing the growth of The Addictions Institute in San Francisco, accenting consultation groups and training. Stephanie has long consulted with Escalade Foundation, Palo Alto and Options Recovery Services, Berkeley, where she was involved with the prison project and she serves on the Board of SafeSpace, a teen- driven organization that supports mental health.

        This is a District Meeting coordinated by the Mid-Peninsula District

        This DISTRICT MEETING meets the qualifications for 2.0 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. 

        Note: With supervisor approval, registered ASWs may use CEs toward LCSW hours.

          Cancellation Policy

          • 14 days or more before event date: Full refund
          • 13-7 days before event date: 75% refund
          • 6 days or less before event date: No refund

          Note:  Registration will be canceled if payment is not made at least 7 days prior to the event.

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