Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


  Below are various common questions about Seeking Safety, in several categories:


  (1)  About the model

  (2)  Implementation

  (3)  Training

  (4)  Research

  (5)  Orders (e.g., books, videos)
  (6)  Use of materials (e.g., adaptation)

  (7)  Assessment

  (8)  New directions


                                             (1) ABOUT THE MODEL


  How was Seeking Safety developed?

  What are the key principles?

  What are the topics?

  Is Seeking Safety evidenced-based?

  Do I have to do all 25 topics?

  If I have time for only a few topics, which would be best?

  Is it a stand-alone treatment?

  Is the goal abstinence from substances?

  Is Seeking Safety encouraging people to avoid the past?


                                              (2) IMPLEMENTATION


  How do I begin?

  Can Seeking Safety be used with other treatments?

  Can it be used with men?

  Can it be used with adolescents?

  Is it relevant for complex trauma / personality disorders?

  How about simple or recent trauma?

  Is there a self-help version?

  Has it been translated into other languages?

  Do clients have to meet criteria for PTSD and substance abuse?
  Can I adapt the treatment for my population?

  Does Seeking Safety work with minority clients?

  How do I select clients?

  How can I see what a session of Seeking Safety looks like?

  How can I locate Seeking Safety treatment?

  Can I be listed as a Seeking Safety provider?

  Can Seeking Safety be applied to addictions other than substance use?

  Can Seeking Safety be done as a mixed-gender group treatment?

  For groups, does it need to be co-led?

  Does the client need to go through stabilization before starting Seeking Safety?

  Can clients have contact outside of group Seeking Safety?

  Can I conduct Seeking Safety with large groups?

  What if a client can�t read?

  What if a client is ready to focus on the past?

  If I email you about my client, can you provide feedback on treatment ideas?

  Would it help to go over the ground rules of the treatment at every session?

  Any other suggestions for implementing Seeking Safety?


                                                   3) TRAINING


  What type of clinician can conduct it?

  What training is available? 

  Who conducts the training?

  Is training required?

  What are training options?

  Where can I find an existing Seeking Safety training?

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

  What does training cost?

  Is a train-the-trainer option available?

  Do you provide fidelity monitoring?

  Is certification needed in Seeking Safety?


                                                4) RESEARCH


  Is Seeking Safety evidence-based?

  Can I conduct a study on Seeking Safety?

  Do you consult on research studies?

  Can you write a letter of support for our grant?


                                               5) ORDERS (e.g., books, videos)


  How do I obtain the Seeking Safety book and related materials?

  What is available to order?

  Where is information for institutional orders (tax ID, W-9 form, DUNS, CCR, etc.)

  What languages has the book been translated into?

  What materials are required to implement Seeking Safety?  

                                               6) USE OF MATERIALS

  Are the Seeking Safety materials public domain (free)?

  Can I copy the handouts?

  Is there an electronic version of the handouts or separate workbook version?

  Can I adapt the Seeking Safety book?

                                             7) ASSESSMENT

  What assessments are recommended?

  What assessments are available?

                                          8) NEW DIRECTIONS

  What future developments are planned for Seeking Safety?

  Are there other therapy models by Lisa?

  Can I suggest new ideas?



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