Wednesday, November 15, 2017
9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Ruth S. Harley University Center
Second Floor Ballroom

Addiction and Trauma: An Integrative Understanding of Developmental Assessment and Treatment

CEs: 3
Cost: $55

The Undertow of Addiction: What Lies Beneath the Surf?

With Audrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC 

What lies beneath the psychological surface that might suggest the risk of substance use disorder? Using a developmental model, this presentation will highlight vulnerable points of potential trauma along the trajectory from birth to late adolescence that can set the stage for future substance use disorder. This model will include the inter-generational transmission of trauma, the role of genetics and genetics, the impact of adverse childhood experiences, the role of attachment theory and self-regulation, as points of psycho-social assessment of vulnerability to addiction and PTSD.   

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to analyze the association of genetics, epigenetics and trauma with trauma, PTSD and substance use disorder.
  • Participants will be able to apply the results of the Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE) to the prediction of health, mental health and substance use disorders in adulthood.
  • Participants will be able to describe the role of attachment theory to difficulties in self-regulation and potential for substance use disorder. 
  • Participants will be able to recognize the role of difficulties in separation-individuation as expressed through substance use disorder during adolescence and emergent adulthood.

Integrated Treatment Model of Addiction and Trauma

With Michele Pole, Ph.D.

In this presentation, participants will gain an understanding of two disorders that co-occur at high rates, addiction and trauma disorders. There will be some discussion of brain involvement in these disorders and where these brain diseases overlap. The discussion will focus upon the theories that explain the comorbidity between these disorders and the underlying research that supports each of these theories. Finally, evidence-based treatment approaches for these co-occurring disorders will be presented along with the supporting research for their use.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to describe ways in which addiction and trauma are brain disorders.
  • Participants will be able to report upon research results that supports the use of integrated treatment for these disorders.
  • Participants will be able to describe CBT theory of PTSD.
  • Participants will be able to list two CBT treatment approaches for PTSD.

Trauma in the Context of Clinical Addiction Treatment

With Dr. Kenneth Skodnek, M.D., CASAC

It can be argued that trauma is a significant factor in the presentation of all addictions. Trauma may be overt or covert. Clarification of an individual’s experiences and their potential to be traumatic can elicit a key treatment focus that must be addressed for an enduring and quality recovery. 

This brief presentation will address several issues that are important when focusing on trauma.

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About the Speakers

Audrey FreshmanAudrey Freshman, Ph.D., LCSW, CASAC, is the Director of Continuing Education and Professional Development at Adelphi University, School of Social Work.  She is also the Director and Lead Faculty of the Postgraduate Certificate Program in Addictions at Adelphi University. She is responsible for the creation and program development offered to mental health clinicians across the tri-state area.

Dr. Freshman maintains a private practice located in Rockville Centre, New York and her area of specialty is in conducting interventions, diagnostic assessment and treatment of adolescents, adults and families coping with issues of substance use, comorbidity and the impact upon development. Since its inception in 1999, Dr. Freshman is the Assistant Editor of the Journal of Practice of Social Work in the Addictions. She has published extensively on the subjects of adolescence, trauma and addiction. In addition to speaking engagements, she has been featured on national and local radio. Dr. Freshman completed her Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from New York University and her Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. 

Michele PoleMichele Pole, Ph.D., is the Director of Psychology at Caron. Dr. Pole has training in numerous evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based approaches. Additionally, she is trained in several treatments addressing PTSD and trauma including Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and Eye-Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR). The Third Wave CBT is her identified theoretical orientation. She has a particular interest in and experience working with patients who experience PTSD and/or trauma responses and Eating Disorders. Dr. Pole and her staff have developed evidence based Co-occurring Treatment Groups, Trauma Group Programming, and Psychological Testing Services as part of Caron’s treatment programming.

Kenneth SkodnekKenneth Skodnek, M.D., is a psychiatrist specializing in substance and mental health treatment. He received his medical degree from The State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine and has been in the practice of Psychiatry and Addiction treatment for over 40 years. He is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and has had additional qualifications in Addiction Psychiatry. He has also been certified in alcoholism and other drug dependencies by the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Skodnek practiced at Nassau University Medical Center, specializing in Psychiatry and Addiction treatment for 17 years he has held positions as Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Medical Director of Addiction Services and Attending Psychiatrist for ambulatory mental health services at this institution.

Dr. Skodnek began his tenure at Tempo Group in 1996 and continues to be an essential part of the success of the agency, which includes three offices throughout Long Island.

He has also been in private practice since 1984.

This event has been cosponsored with the generous support of:


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This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal
  • Psychology
  • LCAT

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure. According to NYSED, in order to award social work CEs; “When you offer a multi-day or multi-part course/educational activity, the learner must complete all parts in order to earn the certificate for contact hours, in the same way that a student must complete a semester-long course to receive college credit. You may not award partial credit for a program, even a one-day program, if the learner does not complete all requirements at that time.”

Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows.  We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Student Access Office ensures equal access to all of Adelphi University’s programs, services and facilities for students with documented needs. Through assistance, advocacy and reasonable accommodations, the office provides an accessible and supportive campus environment.

The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance

If you are a student with a documented disability and wish to request accommodation services, please submit a Petition for Reasonable Accommodations form along with the required information as detailed in the Guidelines for Documentation.

Please be aware that all decisions regarding accommodations and equal access are made in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and prevailing University Policy. 

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For further information, please contact:

Renee Rawcliffe, LMSW
Director, Continuing Education and Professional Development
Social Work Building, Room 235
p – 516-877-4339
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Joanna Suppa, LCSW-R
Coordinator of Continuing Education and Professional Development
p – 516.877.3216
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