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The Brain Chemistry of Addiction & Trauma: Intricate Links

March 8, 2019 @ 8:30 am 3:30 pm


Minnesota CarePartner/Roots Recovery Presents the Professional Excellence Training Series – a selection of high quality and culturally-responsive trainings to help clinicians improve services and remove barriers to the effective treatment of marginalized populations. 



This presentation will describe the correlation of the brain chemistry of addiction and the trauma response. Addiction will be defined as a “hijacking” of the brain’s instinctive survival pathways. Risk factors and recovery needs will be reviewed. Trauma will be defined and various forms of trauma discussed. The impact of trauma on the brain, body, behavior and relationships will be reviewed. Triggers and the process of trauma will be discussed. Gender differences in the experience of trauma will be described. The A.C.E. study will be reviewed . Short and long term symptomology will be reviewed. Resiliencies, buffers and brain health will be explored. The 5 core principles of trauma informed care will be reviewed with recommendations for professional self- care.

Learning Objectives

Attendees who are actively engaged in this training will:

– Gain awareness of the brain chemistry of addiction and risk factors

– Define trauma and traumatic events

– List the 5 core principles of trauma informed care

– Understand the impact of trauma on the brain, body, behavior and relationships

– List the gender differences in the experience of trauma

– Build self-care awareness as it pertains to working with traumatic stress

Applications are being submitted for 6 CEUS to the Board of Social Work (LSW, LGSW, LICSW), Marriage and Family Therapy (LAMFT, LMFT) and Behavioral Health & Therapy (LADC, LPC, LPCC)


Carol Ackley, retired executive director of River Ridge Treatment Center (2000-2015), developed and implemented gender responsive, trauma-informed, co-occurring treatment services in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. She created and supervised outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment for adults and educational services for adolescents and adults.

Ms. Ackley was educated at the University of Wisconsin and the College of St. Catherine. She has worked in the substance abuse field for over 25 years as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota. She has developed many training programs on women’s issues and substance abuse, addictive disorders, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed services, the impact of addiction on family systems, and adolescent vulnerability to substance abuse. Her lecture, “Brain Chemistry of Addiction,” has been used widely to educate people in business, behavioral health and social services, academia, corrections, and the judiciary, as well as clients and their families. She has been a reviewer for the Treatment Improvement Protocols (TIP) series for the National Institute of Health, has played a leadership role in a Minnesota-wide consortium of providers of behavioral health services for women and their families, and has done consulting work with National Institute of Corrections. Ms. Ackley has been associated with Dr. Stephanie Covington since 1997 and has assisted her in the development of gender-responsive, trauma-informed programming for women and girls. She is currently training and consulting around the country.

  A light boxed lunch will be provided.  Please indicate your lunch preference (vegetarian, vegan, no lunch needed) during checkout.    


March 8
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
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Appropriate for:

Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Professionals, Alcohol & Drug Counselors, Clinical Trainees, Interns/Students, Skills Workers, General Population, Health Care Professionals, Direct Support Workers & Peer Support

Robert J. Jones Urban Research Outreach-Engagement Center (UofM UROC)

2001 Plymouth Ave N – Room 105
Minneapolis, 55411 United States
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Who's coming?

92 people are attending The Brain Chemistry of Addiction & Trauma: Intricate Links

Susan Johnston Josalan Sullivan Lisa Solberg Lori Peterson Laura Armstrong Catherine Alpizar Jean Larson Amanda Young Kim Prinsen Allison Immel Nicole Wagner Darlene Schauer Shannon Barger Ashley Taylor-Gouge Michelle Wilson Katelyn Retaskie Corinne Castro Leah Tougas Kristal Mckenzie Michelle Ruesink Joanne Kittridge Sara Bailey Ann Brosnan Emily Abeln Marlae Cox-Kolek Jennifer Miller Elizabeth Northrup Mike Ernst  Jaime Fromm Cassandra Sassenberg Carol Grabrian Sheila Willox Elizabeth Perrin Jill Traynor Ryan Rasmussen Oksana Frick Tierney Hanna Justin Lee Carlye Kussard Suzanne Sater Jessica Schumacher Kristine Pettis Shelly Kuiper Rebecca Carr Michael Grabrian Paige Neyers Margaret Bremer Lynn Allar Laurel johnson Vickie Baker Carol Warren-Abbott Mari Jo Long Catherine Russell Eileen Schlentz Mankato Clinic Accounts Payable CHRISTY GREENE cynthia packer chyan johanningmeier Rachel Duong Kate Mackin Mary Fletcher Karen Henry Jodi Holzemer Maria Zavala Garcia Shirley Butcher SHARI ESSER Brian Strauss Samantha Dunbar Judy Powell Maria Galvan Stephanie Contreras Romero Gabrielle Gipson drea sortillon Michaelene Colestock John Peking Daniel Johnson Laura Armstrong Judy Heckenliable EMILY LEWANDOWSKI liza chigos Kendra Ogdon Erin McLaughlin sandy reardon Holly Wruck Gregory Everson Adam Santoro Gina Hanson Brian Ario Valencia Perryman Jessica Pusch Kendra Ogdon