This page has six sections related to Seeking Safety training:


(1) How to Set Up a Training (including Fact Sheet on Training, which offers detailed options on training, including costs and how to obtain training)


(2) Training Materials (for organizers of trainings)


(3) About Training (types of training available)


(4) Training Resources (downloadable from this website)

(5) Training Calendar (dates of upcoming trainings)


(6) About Consultation (types of consultation available)


If you do not find what you need, please email for assistance.   


(1) Setting up a training

We are delighted to set up a training. Please read our Fact Sheet on Training for information. This sheet provided detailed information regarding training options (length, cost, format, etc). Please feel free to fill out the Training Request Form at the end of the sheet. This the first step to help us identify how best to meet your training needs. Completing this form does not obligate you in any way. It is just a preliminary form, after which we will get back to you with some options (which you can choose to pursue or not). Email the completed form to
If you have any questions, please
contact us.  Some possibilities:

  • On-site training, which can range from 1 hour to two full days, or any time length in between. See the section above for a list of scheduled trainings (e.g., if you have just a few staff members, you may want to send them to one that already exists). For rates, contact Lisa Najavits.

  • Telephone supervision/consultation, which is often helpful for staff have already attended a formal training (e.g., one of those listed above, or one that you have on-site).  The telephone supervision process is typically up to 2-8 clinicians on a 1-hour phone conference call with a trainer, who provides assistance to clinicians who are in the process of implementing Seeking Safety (e.g., problem solving clinical dilemmas, case consultation, how to assess if the treatment is going well, special topics).  This can include listening to audiotapes of sessions, if desired. In the New York City and San Francisco areas, on-site supervision/consultation is also available.

  • Training by Lisa Najavits or one of her associates.   Who are the "associates"? 



(2) Training Materials

This section provides materials for those who are organizing a training. We hope they are helpful to you. See also the Fact Sheet on Training (which provides key details on costs and options). If helpful, see also the FAQ section on Training.


     a) Planning form (to create a smooth process; required at least 6 weeks prior to any training)

     b) Audiovisual list

     c) Optional materials (CV, bio/intro, photo, post-training questions)

     d) A note on CEUs and evaluation forms

     e) Outlines and objectives            

      f) Handouts1

     g) Institutional information (a completed W-9 form for you to download, contact information)


Note: most below are Adobe Acrobat documents. To download Acrobat (free), click here.

(a) Planning Form (required for all trainings)

     Please fill out one of the following forms


On-site training form:

Phone consultation and/or Adherence Ratings only

Note: if a small screen pops up asking for login / password, click "cancel" and the form will appear.

(b) Audiovisual: list of equipment (for all trainings)

(c) Optional materials

      For a training by Lisa Najavits:


      For training by an associate: please obtain CV, bio/intro, photo from

(d) A note on CEUs / certificates / evaluation forms

You are welcome to apply for CEUs and to use the materials here for that purpose.  However, we are unable to apply for or provide CEUs. Similarly, we do not provide an evaluation form nor certificate of attendance nor any other certificate for attendees, but you are welcome to create one if you choose to (and the trainer can sign them onsite, if desired).

(e) Outlines / objectives for Seeking Safety training 

Please select one below, based on the length and content of the presentation.    

Standard training (on trauma, substance abuse, and Seeking Safety)


     (1) Short program (under 2 hours, e.g., plenary or panel): short program outline/objectives


     (2) Workshop (usually 2-4 hours): workshop outline/objectives


     (3) 1-day training: 1 day training outline/objectives


     (4) 1.5 or 2 day training: 1.5 or 2 day initial training outline/objectives


Other trainings -- please see above for other training options (various options for both format and content)


(f) Handouts


Please select handouts below, based on the length and content of the presentation.  See also the important note about all handouts.


Standard training (on trauma, substance abuse, and Seeking Safety)


      (1) Short program (2 hours or less, e.g., plenary or panel)


           Handouts:  Please use either the basic handouts or, if you prefer, the very short set of handouts


      (2) Workshop (usually 2-4 hours)


           Handouts: Please use (1) basic handouts plus (2) Asking for Help.  If this is too long to xerox, you could use (1) the very short of set of handouts plus (2) Asking for Help.


      (3) 1 day training


           Handouts: please use (1) basic handouts (2) Asking for Help and (3) Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version); and (4) the Session Format Checklist.


      (4) 1.5 or 2 day training


           Handouts: please use (1) basic handouts (2) Asking for Help and (3) Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version), and (4) the Session Format Checklist.


           Also, for any training of 2 days or more, there is one additional handout, but it is not authored by us, and thus cannot be posted here. To obtain it, please email and put in subject line "additional 2 day handout" and then list which training it is for (date of training and location). Thanks.


Important note about all handouts

       1)  None of the handouts include a copy of the powerpoint slides. However, a modified version can be obtained if you request it by email ( and ask for "modified slides." This document is more than 10 pages, so please keep that in mind. Also, it can only be distributed to attendees of your training in hard copy form (it cannot be distributed electronically nor posted to the web). Please be sure to request these in advance as they cannot be sent after the training. Thanks for your understanding.

2)  The basic handouts above are more than 20 pages. If you want to shorten them, please email for ideas on reducing the page length. 


Other trainings please request the handouts by email from once the training has been set up.

(g) Institutional Information

  • Treatment Innovations, LLC is the business name; it is classified as a small business, woman-owned.

  • For contact information, click here.

  • If needed, you can download a completed W-9 form (we do not sign forms individually but request that you download this completed form; per IRS regulations, this is sufficient); thanks!



(3) About Training


We deliver training in various ways, including via DVDs, videotape, onsite in-person training, attending an existing training, telephone consultation or any combination of these. We also provide training on various topics.


Now Available! 

1. Online Seeking Safety training

2. Facilitator guide (so that your staff can facilitate use of the Seeking Safety training DVDs)

In keeping with the flexibility of Seeking Safety, our training is also highly flexible to adapt to the specific needs of each entity and to be sensitive to resource and cost parameters.

Please read Fact Sheet on Training (which provides key details on each of the options below as well as costs). See also the FAQ section on Training.

I.Training FORMAT

     a)  On-site training.  On-site trainings can be arranged for your staff.  There is no limit on the number who can attend. Also, you may be able to attend an existing training. There are numerous trainings held all over the US, in Canada, and sometimes internationally. See the training calendar     

     b)  Telephone consultation.  Either following a training or on its own, telephone consultation can be arranged. These can be theme-based calls (each call focuses on a specific theme, Getting started with Seeking Safety (developing an action plan), Conducting the session, Engaging Clients in the Work, Focusing on Trauma, Focusing on Addiction, Adapting Seeking Safety, Working with unsafe behavior, Adolescents (challenges and opportunities), Adults (challenges and opportunities), Older adults (challenges and opportunities), Tough Cases, Role-play a session, Fidelity (Staying True to the Model)) or can be open-ended. Both theme-based and open-ended formats provide plenty of opportunity for interaction, question/answer, case scenarios, role-plays, etc.


     c)  Open consultation calls. Starting in 2013, we now offer open consultation calls that anyone can join. Two options:


          (1) For staff in Veterans Affairs or Department of Defense, these are free. Email from your VA or DoD email address-- no outside email addresses-- and ask to join her list of VA Quarterly Seeking Safety Consultation Calls.

          (2) For anyone else, you can join our open consult calls schedule for 2013.There is a fee per call, but you can flexibly join just one or the whole series.


     d)  DVD / video training.  A series of training videos are available. 


     e) Webinar. We can also provide any training in webinar format.


II. Training CONTENT


Our group provides training on various topics related to addiction, trauma, and treatment. Some of our primary topics are below (along with training agendas and objectives). We can also modify or combine trainings as desired to fit agency goals.


Each below can be conducted separately, in combination, as an initial training and/or a followup training, and in any format (e.g., onsite in person, via webinar or phone).

      a) Seeking Safety. An overview of the model, how to implement it, demonstration of a session, role-play practice of a session by attendees, and various video clips and experiential exercises. Can be attended by any staff, including trainees, any degree and experience level. No prerequisites. When conducted in one-day or longer format, by the end, any staff can conduct Seeking Safety if they choose to. Click here for detailed outline/objectives.

      b) Enhancing Skills in Implementing Seeking Safety (Followup Training). This training is typically conducted l months after a standard training (e.g., 6 to 12 months later). It is optional as a way to support those who attended the standard training have had the opportunity to try out Seeking Safety in their clinical work.  To help participants make the most of the follow-up training it is suggested (but not required) to ask them to prepare the following, or a subset of these:(1) Bring a list of any clinical dilemmas, case scenarios, and positive/negative feedback about how their work using Seeking Safety thus far.  (2) Fill out the Seeking Safety feedback form (which is provided both in the final chapter of the book).  (3) Read the articles Training Clinicians in Seeking Safety and Implementing Seeking Safety (both can be downloaded from the "articles" section of this website). Click here for outline and objectives.

      c) Fidelity rater training. Some agencies want to assure that their clinicians are conducting the Seeking Safety model with strong fidelity (i.e., consistent with the model). We can provide two options, and you can choose either or a combination:
(a) Role-plays by phone (where our Seeking Safety expert plays the client, and your clinician plays the clinician).
(b) Review of tapes of actual sessions with real clients (i.e., your clinician sends a taped session with his/her client or group).
You can read more detail about fidelity rater training. If you are interested in inquiring about it, please fill out the request form, or email us your question (

      d) Promoting Sustainability of Seeking Safety: Champions and Supervisors. This presentation provides detailed training to help staff become skilled at supervision in Seeking Safety, for both individual and group supervision. We focus on sustainability and keeping staff energized and inspired in the work. Exercises include: providing feedback to supervisees, how to bring new staff on board in Seeking Safety, the structure of supervisory sessions (parallel process to Seeking Safety), ongoing monitoring using fidelity procedures, trouble-shooting, and optimal characteristics of the Seeking Safety supervisor. Prerequisite: it is strongly advised that participants have extensive experience conducting Seeking Safety themselves. Click here for outline and objectives.

      e) Phone Consultation and Theme-Based Phone Consultation. These can be very helpful to provide a place for clinicians to ask questions and discuss case scenarios, do role-plays, and otherwise deepen their understanding of Seeking Safety or other content. There is no limit on the number who can attend the phone sessions.
       Phone consultation can be either:
a) Open-ended (no agenda), or
b) Theme-Based Call phone consultation. For these, we offer a theme for each phone session (e.g., “Getting started with Seeking Safety,” “Working with unsafe behavior,” “Focusing on trauma,” ” “Role-play of a session,” etc.). However, there is still plenty of time for open-ended discussion, topics the attendees would like to cover, and general questions-and-answers. We highly recommend the Theme-Based Calls as it provides the best of both worlds: time to discuss any issues desired, yet also creating a useful focus (which is parallel process with Seeking Safety itself!).
       Phone consultation can be done:
a) after an onsite training
b) instead of an onsite training (e.g., perhaps combined with the training DVDs)

c) on an as-needed basis (occasional, as desired)
d) before an onsite training (less common, but can be helpful.

     To read more about this, please read the Fact Sheet on Training.

      f) Trauma-Informed Care and/or The Link Between Trauma and Addiction.
trauma-informed training outline/objectives

      g) Creating Change. This presentation offers a description and implementation of Creating Change, a new counseling model for trauma and addiction (Najavits, in press). The new model is designed to offer additional work beyond Seeking Safety (Najavits, 2002), and can be conducted sequentially (Seeking Safety as stage 1, Creating Change as stage 2) or concurrently.  Where Seeking Safety teaches coping skills in the present, the new model focuses on processing of past memories and emotions. Similarities and differences with existing evidence-based PTSD and/or SUD treatments are described. Click here for outline and objectives.

      h) Trauma and Problem Gambling. This presentation addresses the link between trauma and problem gambling (as well as the formal diagnoses related to these, posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD, and pathological gambling). We address background, rates, clinical presentation, and treatment challenges, as well as Seeking Safety, an evidence-based counseling model for trauma and/or addiction. The model has been implemented with problem gamblers and a recent pilot study (Najavits et al., 2013) evidences positive outcomes in a sample of men and women with current PTSD and current pathological gambling. Click here for outline and objectives.

      i) Women and Addiction: Listening to Themes. This workshop focuses on women’s addiction.  The goal is to deepen understanding of how gender impacts both the addiction process and recovery.  Topics include: rates; pathways to addiction; treatment issues; and subgroups who are especially vulnerable to addiction.  A major focus will be trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, which are central for many women in recovery.  The workshop will focus on supportive and specific tools to aid recovery, including experiential exercises, video clips, self-tests, and workbook materials. Click here for outline and objectives. Click here for a sample schedule.

(4) Training Resources

Various materials on this website can assist with training.  In the section Articles you will find articles that provide an overview of the model, suggestions for training clinicians on it, and implementation of it.  In the section Assessment, you will find the Seeking Safety Adherence Scale and Safety Seeking Adherence Scale (brief version). You can also read the suggested Seeking Safety Supervision Format.

(5) Training Calendar (dates of upcoming trainings)

Below are all upcoming trainings in Seeking Safety in 2014 by Lisa Najavits and her associates. In brackets next to each date "Lisa N" refers to a training by Lisa Najavits; "associate" is by an associate who is trained by her. Workshops refer to lengths of 1.5-3 hours, approximately. Longer trainings (1 and 2 days) provide a more intensive experience. To see the outline for training, go to Training Materials. If you are interested in any training below, contact the person listed next to the training.  If the workshop is listed as "closed", it is not open for further attendance. If you are interested in setting up a training at your site, please go to Setting up a trainingYou can also see a listing of prior years' trainings (e.g., to locate a program that may offer Seeking Safety).

2014 Trainings


1/6/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


1/10/14 [associate]: Pasadena, CA (1 day training) , Linh Hua,,, (626) 296-8900 x207


1/17/14 [associate]: Aurora, CO (2 day training) [closed]


1/23/14 [Lisa N]: Show Low, AZ (1 day training) [closed]


1/24/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


1/27/14 [associate]: Tulsa, OK (1 day training) [closed]


1/30-1/31/14 [associate]: Waco, TX (2 day training) [closed]


1/31-2/1/14 [associate]: Oxnard, CA (2 day training) Childrens Mental Health and Diagnostic Treatment Services and Aprenda Educational Services (contact Wilda Laija-Rodriguez, Ph.D. at e-mail: or 818-631-8853)


2/4-2/5/14 [associate]: Woodland, CA (2 day training) [closed]


2/10-2/11/14 [associate]: Saratoga, CA (2 day training) [closed]


2/10/14 [associate]: Bedford, MA (1/2 day training) [closed]


2/12-2/13/13 [associate]: San Mateo, CA ([2 day training) [closed]


2/24/14 [associate]: South Pasadena, CA (1 day training) [closed]


2/26/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


2/26/14 [associate]: Inglewood, CA (1 day training) [closed]

2/28/14 [Lisa N]: Covina, CA (1 day training) [closed]


3/4/14 [associate]: Gardena, CA (1 day training) [closed]


3/11/14 [associate]: Dania Beach, FL (1 day training) [closed]


3/11/14 [associate]: San Francisco, CA (1 day training) [closed]


3/11/14 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278 (waitlist)


3/12/14 [Lisa N]: Waterloo, ON, Canada (1 day training) [closed]


3/12/14 [associate]: East Palo Alto, CA (1 day training) [closed]


3/17/14 [associate]: Bedford, MA (1/2 day training) [closed]


3/18/14 [associate]: Tulsa, OK (1 day training) [closed]


3/19-3/20/14 [associate]: Oklahoma City, OK (2 1 day trainings) [closed]


3/20/14 [associate]: Arcadia, CA (1 day training) [closed]

3/21/14 [associate]: Yucca Valley, CA (1 day training) [closed]


3/24-3/25/14 [associate]: Pinellas Park, FL (2 day training) [closed]


3/25-3/26/14 [associate]: Modesto CA (2 day training), [full]


3/28/14 [Lisa N]: Brooklyn, NY (2 hour workshop) [closed]


3/28/14 [associate]: Copenhagen, Denmark (1.5 hour conference presentation as part of European Society of Trauma and Dissociation (ESTD) Annual Conference), see


4/3-4/4/14 [associate]: New Orleans, LA (2 day training) [closed]


4/7/14 [associate]: Briarwood, NY (1 day training) [closed]


4/7/14 [associate]: Los Angeles. CA (1 day training) [closed]


4/7-4/9/14 [associate]: Pueblo, NM (2.5 day training) open to NNED partners. See for details.


4/8-4/9/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (2 day training) [closed]


4/14/14, 4/15/14 [associate]: Reseda, CA (1 day trainings) [closed]


4/16/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


4/16-4/7/14 [associate]: San Francisco, CA (2 day training) [closed]


4/23/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


4/29/14 [associate]: Lake View Terrace, CA (1 day training) [closed]


5/6/14 [Lisa N]: National Harbor, MD (1.5 hour conference presentation as part of National Council Conference 2014), see


5/7/14 [associate]: San Jose, CA (1 day training) [closed]


5/13-5/14/14 [associate]: Saratoga, CA (2 day training) [closed]


5/14/14 [associate]: New York, NY (1 day training) [closed]

5/15/14 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) [closed]


5/16/14 [associate]: San Leandro, CA (1 day training) [closed]


5/16/14 [associate]: Long Island City, NY (1 day training) [closed]


5/19-5/20/14 [associate]: New York, NY (2 day training) [closed]


5/19-5/20/14 [associate]: Laredo, TX (2 day training) [closed]


5/21/14 [associate]: Toms River, NJ (1 day training) [closed]


5/23/14 [Lisa N]: Toronto, ON (1 day training) [closed]


5/28/13 [associate]: Anaheim, CA (2 3-hour sessions)
Register at, contact Percy Brooks,, 571-384-1850


5/29/14 [Lisa N]:1 hour webinar on Addressing the Intersection of Trauma, Mental Health Challenges, and Substance Use, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; contact


6/3/14 [associate]: Aurora, CO (1 day training) [closed]


6/5-6/6/14 [Lisa N]: Allentown, PA (2 day training) [closed]

6/6/14 [associate]: Canton, MA (4 hour training), contact Massachusetts Council on Compulsive Gambling, Alicia Barron,, register online:


6/9/14 [associate]: Concord, CA (1 day training) [closed]


6/10/14 [associate]: Roswell, NM (1 day training) contact Fred Sandoval,,, 505-660-0373


6/11/14 [associate]: Las Cruces, NM (1 day training) contact Fred Sandoval,,, 505-660-0373

6/11/14 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278


6/12/14 [associate]: Silver City, NM (1 day training) contact Fred Sandoval,,, 505-660-0373


6/16/14 [associate]: Claremore, OK (1 day training) [closed]

6/17/14 [associate]: Tulsa, OK (1 day training) [closed]


6/20/14 [associate]: Reseda, CA (1 day training) [closed]

6/20/14 [associate]: San Mateo, CA (1 day training) [closed]


6/23-6/24/14 [associate]: Pittsburgh, PA (2 day training) [closed]


6/25/14 [associate]: Brockton, MA (1 day training) [closed]


6/26/14 [associate]: Marion, IA (1 day training) [closed]


6/26-6/27/14 [associate]: Riverside, CA (2 day training) [closed]


6/26-6/27/14 [associate]: Athens, GA (2 day training) [closed]


6/30/14 [associate]: Rochester, NH (1 day training) [closed]


7/8/14-7/9/14 [associate]: Camp LeJeune, NC (2 day training) [closed]


7/14/14 [associate]: Norfolk, VA (1 day training) [closed]


7/15/14, 7/17/14 [associate]: Woodland, CA (2 day training) [closed]


7/16/14 [Lisa N]: Portland, OR (1 day training), contact Center for Community Engagement, 503-768-6040, Register here.


7/21-7/22/14 [associate]: Hempstead, NY (1 day training) [closed]


7/22-7/23/14 [associate]: Red Bluff, CA (2 day training) [closed]


7/28-7/29/14 [associate]: Boulder, CO (1.5 day training)[closed]

7/30/14-07/31/14 [associate]: Seattle, WA (2 day training) [closed]


8/6/14 [associate]: Orlando, FL (1 hour training) [closed]


8/18-8/19/14 [associate]: Reseda, CA (2 day training) [closed]


8/20/14 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278


8/21/14 [associate]: Topeka, KS (1 day training) contact Rockford, Deborah,,


8/21-8/22/14 [associate]: Beaver County, PA (2 day training) [closed]


9/2-9/3/14 [associate]: Juneau, AK (2 day training), contact Jeannette Lacey Dunn,, 907-796-8640


9/23/14 [associate]: Los Angeles, CA (1 day training) [closed]


10/25/14 [associate]: Long Beach, CA (20 min case presentation on Creating Change as part of ISSTD 2014), register at:


11/19/14 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278


2015 Trainings


2/25/15 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278


5/27/15 [associate]: San Diego, CA (1 day training) contact Janet Caiazzo,, 619-221-8600 x1278


9/21-9/25/15 [Lisa N]: Athens, Greece (1 week curriculum) [closed]

(6) Consultation

Consultation of various types are available.  Typical consultations are:

  • Implementation of the model (e.g., telephone or onsite consultation to work with your program to help facilitate implementation of Seeking Safety and/or A Woman's Addiction Workbook)

  • Project consultation (e.g., assistance with a grant or project that you have, such as a SAMHSA or NIH grant to evaluate or adapt Seeking Safety and/or A Woman's Addiction Workbook)

  • General consultation (e.g., helping improve services or programming for clients with trauma and/or substance abuse issues; technical assistance on a grant or project related to trauma, PTSD, substance abuse, clinician training, etc.; mentorship on research or clinical careers)

  • Fidelity monitoring (e.g., reviewing audiotapes of sessions of Seeking Safety and/or A Woman's Addiction Workbook to evaluate fidelity to the model; helping train your staff in fidelity monitoring)

  • Research consultation (e.g., study design, assessment selection, feedback on grant proposals, data analysis, interpretation of results)

If you are interested in consultation, please email and provide your contact information and a basic description of what you have in mind.  We will contact you to discuss options. 

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