VIRTUAL-Intertwined Issues Series-Trauma & Substance Use

VIRTUAL-Thursday, November 2, 2023, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM-$109 including CEUs
Intertwined Issues Series-Trauma & Substance Use
Suzy Langevin, LICSW, LADC I & Jean Brickman, LADC I

This is an intermediate level training that is designed to provide context and interventions based in CBT treatment model for practitioners working with individuals who experience co-occurring substance use and trauma. The overlap between those who are in treatment for substance use disorder and those who have experienced trauma is considerable, with estimates ranging from 60-97%. Because of this, substance use treatment providers need both a working knowledge of the impacts of trauma both generally and on recovery, and interventions to address these two interconnected issues. This training will provide background information and a review of the evidence-based modalities that can address these two issues in concert for more effective treatment.

Following this training the participants will understand:

  • Reactions to trauma and ways in which substance use and trauma reactivity impact one another. 
  • Identify strategies to improve engagement for individuals who experience co-occurring substance use and trauma.
  • Identify clinical strategies for treating substance use and trauma simultaneously for the best efficacy, including Seeking Safety, CPT and other trauma-informed treatment approaches.

Suzy Langevin, LICSW, LADC I, Director of Training and Professional Development at Open Sky Community Services, is committed to making the best evidence-based tools and supports available to both Open Sky employees and the broader provider community through the Bridge Training Institute. Ms. Langevin has presented regionally and nationally on implementing evidence-based treatment modalities, including the Stephanie Moulton Symposium, NAADAC National Webinar Series, and the Massachusetts Psychiatric Rehabilitation Collaborative Annual Conference. She has extensive training and fidelity coding experience in Motivational Interviewing and is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT).

She had provided training and consultation in a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to mental health providers, school systems, community groups and state agencies, where feedback has included, “Suzy is very knowledgeable and provides practical insight on how to apply the skill learned in real life situations. Her training approach is upbeat, engaging, and informative.”

In her more than decade long tenure at Open Sky, she served as Director of Dual Diagnosis Services, where she developed a model for services for co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders within the agency’s community mental health programming. She also previously worked to implement and supervise the provision of Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) services across adult and adolescent treatment settings and the development and opening of The Bridge Counseling Center, Open Sky’s outpatient division. In 2014, Ms. Langevin was awarded the ABH Excellence in Outcomes Award as a member of the CR for PTSD group. She was selected to the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce Leadership Worcester Class of 2021.

In addition to her work at Open Sky, Ms. Langevin has experience in a diverse range of settings, including emergency mental health, juvenile justice, residential treatment, and hospital inpatient care.


Jean Brickman, LADC I is the Clinical Supervisor of Co-Occurring Disorders at Open Sky Community Services.  She is a graduate of CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she earned an MA in Forensic Psychology.  Jean is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and licensed social worker.  She holds the designation of Recovery Coach Professional Facilitator through Connecticut Community For Addiction Recovery, supporting the training and supervision of Recovery Coaches. She has worked at Open Sky (and previously The Bridge of Central MA) for the past 15 years, specializing in supporting individuals who are experiencing mental health challenges and substance use disorders, providing services across a variety of residential, community-based and outpatient settings.

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