What type of clinician can conduct it?

     Any clinician in any setting who treats clients with trauma and/or substance abuse can conduct Seeking Safety.  No specific degree, license, nor experience level is required.

     More: Seeking Safety has been successfully conducted by a very wide range of clinicians (substance abuse or mental health counselors, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, bachelor’s level counselors, case managers, nurses, clinical trainees, domestic violence advocates, school counselors, etc.). We have never heard of any adverse event or problem with this, in any setting.  Because Seeking Safety focuses on coping skills in the present it is safe to use and easy to learn.  See also: the clinician.

What training is available? 

     Many types of training are available, including video-based training, on-site training, and telephone consultation.

     More: See the section training.  It provides a calendar of upcoming trainings, an article on training, and detailed description of different training options including video-based training, on-site training, and telephone consultation. 

Who conducts the training?

     There are currently six experts on Seeking Safety who conduct training: Lisa  Najavits, PhD (Boston); Martha Schmitz, PhD (San Francisco); Kay Johnson, LICSW (New York City and Boston); Karen Krinsley, PhD (Boston); Kevin Reeder, PhD (Little Rock, AR); Gabriella Grant, MS.. All can travel to other locations and all have been trained by Lisa to conduct the same training she does, using the same slides, videos, and exercises, and fully supervised by her. Click here to read more about them. Note that others offer training on the model but we have no way to determine the quality of these ad hoc trainings as only the associates named above provide her training (using her materials, supervised by her). If you are interested in onsite training or telephone consultation please email info@seekingsafety.org. If you would like to conduct training under supervision by Lisa, please email to inquire.

Is training required?

     It depends on the goal. To achieve fidelity in the model, training and review of actual session tapes and/or consultation calls is needed to verify the quality of work being conducted. However, clinicians who simply want to use the model on their own, without formal training, have done so successfully and we have not heard of any adverse events when done in this way. Training can also  be helpful to help introduce the model, to inspire confidence in using it, and to discuss specific implementation issues. Training is offered in various ways (see next FAQ).

What are training options?   

Training options include the following. See also the Fact Sheet on Training for more detail on costs of setting up on-site training and phone consultation.

- On-site training by Lisa and associates.  You can attend an existing training (see the calendar) or book one for your agency.  It can be conducted in any length. Typically it ranges from one day to two days, and offers the following topics: background; in-depth description of the model; clinical demonstration of a session; implementation ideas; and  experiential exercises (small-group conduct of a session; grounding exercise; role-play of “tough cases”, etc.). The training can be adapted to focus on particular client populations (adolescents, military or veterans, prisoners, women or men, domestic violence, etc.). There is ample time for question-and-answer, and discussion is encouraged.  There is no limit on the number of people who can attend a training. Presentations at professional conferences are often shorter, such as a panel or workshop. We provide trainings all over the US and internationally.

- Video training. Four and a half hours of training videos are available.

- Phone consultation can be used either after a training or on its own. It provides support for clinicians who are implementing Seeking Safety, for as few or many phone sessions as desired. 

- Certification is also available for programs or researchers who want to determine that clinicians are conducting the model with strong fidelity; see certification below. There is also Adherence Rater Training and Certification available, as well as Supervisory Training and Certification available. However, none of these are required to conduct or offer Seeking Safety. It is a very safe model even when conducted without any certification. It is an extremely safe model to conduct, even without any certification, and we strongly value a public health goal of providing easy access to Seeking Safety (i.e., making it easy to use and implement at very low cost).

- Training facilitation guide. The Seeking Safety Training Facilitation Guide is designed for a training facilitator– someone who wants to help staff within an agency to learn about Seeking Safety, but who is not a formal trainer. Please note that to conduct Seeking Safety, you will need the Seeking Safety book (which includes the clinician materials and client handouts). The Seeking Safety Training Facilitation Guide is used in conjunction with the Seeking Safety Training DVDs. You will need to have or order those DVDs to use the Seeking Safety Training F acilitation Guide.   Who can be a training facilitator? Anyone in the agency who has at least some clinical background. Click on the link for the Seeking Safety Training Facilitation Guide.

Note: There is also a Training Facilitation Guide for A Woman's Path to Recovery (the clinician-led model that uses A Woman's Addiction Workbook). You will need to have or order the A Woman's Addiction Workbook to use the Training Facilitation Guide for A Woman's Path to Recovery.

- HIV guide. This guide was written to help HIV/AIDS clients and clinicians in their use of Seeking Safety. The HIV guide is 41 single-spaced pages. It was written by Lisa Najavits as part of a project for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Health, Bureau of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control. For each topic of Seeking Safety, it provides several pages of client handouts that can be used in conjunction with the regular Seeking Safety book handouts. Pages can be copied for your clinical work with your own clients. It also includes resources for clinicians and background on the intersection between HIV/AIDS, trauma, and substance abuse. Click on the link to obtain the HIV guide. This guide is designed to be used with the Seeking Safety book. You can obtain the Seeking Safety book here.

- Online training. Thank you for your interest in online training related to Seeking Safety. We have 6 courses: 4 are related to the Seeking Safety DVDs, and 2 are related to the Seeking Safety book. Click here for more information.

     For more on training in general, see training.

Where can I find an existing Seeking Safety training?

     See the calendar

Can I get into a training that is listed as "closed"?

Thanks for your interest. Unfortunately, any training listed as "closed" does not allow people outside the agency to attend. Please keep checking our calendar as new trainings are being set up all the time, and there may be one set up in your area that is open to the public.

What does training cost?

     If you would like to find out the cost of an existing training listed on the calendar,  please contact the organizer listed.  If you would like to organize a training at your site, the cost will depend on factors such as length and which of our associates provides it. Please see the Fact Sheet on Training for costs (they are listed in section 6 of that document).

Is a train-the-trainer option available?

     We offer a facilitator training guide that can be used in conjunction with the Seeking Safety training DVDs. The facilitator is not a "trainer" (read here for the difference) but this does provide an option that may be helpful. The reason we distinguish a trainer versus facilitator is that simply attending a “train-the-trainer” workshop is no guarantee of quality. We also currently offer many options on training, including onsite training, DVD training series, online training, webinars, and consultation calls that can be used alone or with any of those other options.

Do you provide fidelity monitoring?

     Yes. Fidelity monitoring is sometimes desired by programs or researchers to determine that clinicians are conducting the model per the book. The clinicians would tape one or more sessions, which are then reviewed by one of our team and rated on the Seeking Safety Adherence Scale. The clinician receives feedback over the phone and if desired the clinician and/or program can receive the completed adherence scale.  Our goal with this certification process is to provide clinically-useful feedback based on real samples of sessions. Once clinicians achieve strong fidelity, they can be identified as “certified.” Note too that we can train others to do fidelity monitoring. This typically involves having a designated person(s) at your location, who receive training on how to use the fidelity scale and then co-rate tapes with one of our associates to verify equivalent ratings. Email us to learn more about this process.

Is certification needed in Seeking Safety?

    Our goal is to create as few obstacles as possible for implementation, and thus far we have never heard of adverse events with Seeking Safety (it is a very safe model). Thus, certification is not a requirement for typical clinician implementation.  However, certification is available for programs or researchers who want to monitor fidelity of their clinicians. 

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