CE / Trainer course

Exploring the Role of ACEs and Trauma in Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Course Overview

The purpose of this course it to convey a working understanding of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and how these are both relate to general health outcomes, but particularly Substance Use Disorder.

“Individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being” —(SAMHSA)

ACEs and trauma play a large role in substance use disorder. Viewing individuals within the context of their life experiences provides an important lens for recovery. Trauma informed care and resilience building are key components to recovery that emphasize prevention and rehabilitation.

DEA MATE Act Training Approved

The Exploring the Role of ACEs and Trauma in Substance Use Disorder on-demand online CE course is approved MATE Act Training providing 1.5 ACCME or ANCC CE credits.  Learn More

What You Will Learn

Course Outline

  1. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
    a. Definition and classifications
    b. The original ACE study
    c. Evolution of original research

  2. Toxic Stress, ACEs, Trauma and PTSD
    a. Definition of toxic stress
    b. Stress related diseases and cognitive impairment
    c. ACEs and health outcomes
    d. Definition of trauma and explanation of impact
    e. What is PTSD

  3. ACEs, Trauma and Substance Use
    a. Trauma/ACEs and SUD Comorbidity
    b. Impact on the brain

  4. Prevention and Screening
    a. Prevention Techniques
    b. Family based prevention techniques 

  5. Obstacles in Eradicating ACEs / Toxic Stress/ Trauma & Changes
    a. Widespread prevalence of ACEs
    b. Importance of continued research
    c. Solutions for society
    d. Benefits of enacting change

  6. Proven Therapeutic Techniques to Combat ACEs / PTSD / Trauma
    a. Continued evolution of research
    b. Ways to support children
    c. Principles of trauma informed care
    d. Types of resilience
    e. 5 pillars of resilience
    f. Benefits of a resilient lifestyle

  7. Treating SUD Within its Context
    a. Explanation of integrated treatment
    b. Treating SUD in adolescents

Online CE Course - MATE Act Approved

On-demand online continuing education. Meets the ANCC and ACCME DEA MATE Act training requirements. Learn More

1.5 CE Credits

Clinician and layperson accreditation through Purdue University, College of Pharmacy, Office of Continuing Education.


Individual Course: $25

Onsite and Virtual Training

Onsite and virtual training available for groups of five or more.

Fill out the form below, email us, or call 844.554.3354 for more information and a custom quote.

Trainer Program

Get certified to deliver course within your community. Pricing includes a training and a licensing fee.


The Brain and the Disease of Addiction

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Program License Fee: $200/per person

Group Program License Fee: $400/per group

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