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Seeking Safety

  • 08 Sep 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 4:45 PM
  • The Lafayette Hotel; 2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104
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Seeking Safety

9/8/18 9am-4:45pm

The Lafayette Hotel

2223 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104

*45-minutes for lunch and a 15-minute break will not be counted toward CE time awarded. 

**Please arrive 15min prior to start of event for registration and refreshments.

Course Description & Educational Goals:

The goal of this presentation is to describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse (clients do not have to have both issues). By the end of the training day, participants can implement Seeking Safety in their setting if they choose to. Seeking Safety teaches present-focused coping skills to help clients attain safety in their lives. It is highly flexible and can be conducted in any setting by a wide range of clinicians and also peers.

Learning Objectives:

1) To review current understanding of evidence-based treatment of trauma and substance abuse

2) To increase empathy and understanding of trauma and substance abuse

3) To describe Seeking Safety, an evidence-based model for trauma and/or substance abuse

4) To provide assessment and treatment resources

5) To identify how to apply Seeking Safety for specific populations, such as homeless, adolescents, criminal justice, HIV, military/veteran, etc.

About the Presenter: Martha Schmitz, Ph.D.

Martha Schmitz, Ph.D. is a senior trainer and consultant with Treatment Innovations. For over a decade, she has offered continuing education workshops and supervision in the treatment of PTSD and substance abuse to clinicians throughout the United States and abroad. She began working with Lisa Najavits in 2000 in a postdoctoral fellowship on Seeking Safety research at McLean Hospital. Dr. Schmitz is currently a staff psychologist at San Francisco VA Medical Center and an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Missouri at Columbia after earning her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of California at Davis. She has collaborated on several research projects in both the United States and France. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, and resiliency in survivors of trauma.

Target Audience: 

This course is designed for mental health professionals.

For Cancellations:



To request accommodations for special needs, please email the Program Administrator at education@camft-sandiego.org


To obtain the grievance policy or report a grievance please email education@camft-sandiego.org


Course Completion certificates will be awarded electronically in exchange for a completed evaluation form. Course meets the qualifications for 7-hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

This course is provided by the San Diego Chapter of the California association of marriage and family therapists (Provider #57330) and is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs.


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