Seeking Safety is a coping skills approach to help people attain safety from trauma and/ or addiction. It is designed to be safe, optimistic, and engaging. The treatment offers 25 topics, each representing a safe coping skill relevant to trauma and substance use disorders. Topics address cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal, and case management domains, and can be covered in any order. Seeking Safety is highly flexible and can be conducted in a group or with individuals, in open or closed groups, with any gender, and with adults or adolescents.
Seeking Safety addresses themes that are very relevant to PLWH, including taking good care of yourself, staying safe, and understanding how trauma and addiction may play a role in living with HIV. A detailed guide on using Seeking Safety with PLWH is available from the Seeking Safety website.
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- Anderson ML, Najavits LM. Does Seeking Safety Reduce PTSD Symptoms in Women Receiving Physical Disability Compensation? Rehabilitation Psychology. 2014; 59(3):349-353.
- Lenz AS, Henesy R, Callender K. Effectiveness of Seeking Safety for Co-Occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use. Journal of Counseling & Development. 2016; 94(1):51-61.
- Najavits LM, Hien DA. Helping Vulnerable Populations: A Comprehensive Review of the Treatment Outcome Literature on Substance Use Disorder and PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. 2013;69 (5):433-479.
- Najavits LM, Hyman SM, Ruglass LM, Hien DA, Read JP. Substance Use Disorder and Trauma. In Gold S, Cook J, Dalenberg C, eds. Handbook of Trauma Psychology: American Psychological Association. 2017; 195-214.
- Najavits LM. Seeking Safety. A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Use Disorder. New York: Guilford Press; 2002.
- Najavits LM. Seeking Safety: An Implementation Guide. In Rubin A, Springer DW, (eds). The Clinician’s Guide to Evidence-Based Practice. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley; 2009.
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