Free NAADAC Webinar

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 @ 3-4:00pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

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It is well documented that addiction can have significant collateral impacts on parents, extended family, partners and friends. But what happens when these care-givers and supports also have their own Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) history? Living with, loving, and supporting a person with addiction can become personal: triggering parents, partners, and families to relive their own trauma history. This presentation will discuss how ACES can impact the family system, and will address specific support/treatment strategies using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness. Also addressed will be the CDC-Kaiser Permanente Adverse Childhood Experiences Study, a body of groundbreaking research that looked at how childhood trauma affects long-term health.

Learning Objectives
  • Gain an understanding of overall ACES research and principles of trauma therapy from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness perspective.
  • Understand how the experience of addiction can be re-traumatizing for families, partners, and other close supports.
  • Encourage the use of practical trauma-informed containment and treatment strategies that can be used with parents, families, partners, and other caregivers.

Education is FREE to all professionals

Earn Continuing Education Hours (CEs)

If you have watched the webinar (either live or on-demand), you are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion to verify the continuing education hours you spent learning. To apply (only after watching the webinar), complete and pass the online CE Quiz at the top of this page. NAADAC members receive a CE certificate for 1 CE for free. Non-members of NAADAC can receive 1 CE for $15 (make payment here). A CE certificate will be emailed to you within 21 days of submission and receiving payment, if applicable. Click here for a complete list of who accepts NAADAC continuing education hours.


Sean Swaby, MA, is a Family Counsellor with Alberta Health Services (Provincial Government funded treatment) – Youth Residential Treatment Programs – Addiction and Forensic Mental Health. Swaby has worked for Alberta Health Services since 2005 and has over 25 years of experience working with youth and families in various recovery settings. He has a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology, is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and is an Internationally Certified Clinical Addiction Counsellor with the Canadian Addiction Counselling Certification Federation. He utilizes Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Family Systems Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy and Mindfulness in his work.

Who Should Attend

Addiction professionals, employee assistance professionals, social workers, mental health counselors, professional counselors, psychologists, and other helping professionals that are interested in learning about addiction-related matters.

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