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Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder in Adults With a History of Adverse Childhood Experiences

A systematic review of psychological interventions

About the Course

Previous research has established that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have long-term effects on adult health, including unresolved trauma and substance use disorder (SUD). This article is a systematic literature review and narrative synthesis that assessed the effectiveness of psychological interventions on emotion regulation, PTSD and SUD symptoms. Authors discuss the findings of this review as well as areas of future research.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Treatment of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Use Disorder in Adults With a History of Adverse Childhood Experiences created by Genevieve Molina and Anne Whittaker, PhD (Philosophy) in 2022.

Publication Date:

Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, ISSN: 2772-7246, Vol: 2, Page: 100028 Mar 2022

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Genevieve Molina

Genevieve Molina is a general practitioner who is associated with CeGIDD, Pôle Santé Publique et Médecine Sociale, France. This is her first work published in a peer reviewed journal.

Anne Whittaker, PhD (Philosophy)

Anne Whittaker is a Professor and Clinical Academic at the NMAHP Research Unit in the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK. Her research interests are broadly related to substance use, blood borne viruses and mental health, pregnancy, parenting, child welfare & family life, health & social inequalities, multiple morbidities and complex needs, psychosocial interventions, health & social care systems & policy. She has had multiple works published in peer reviewed journals.

Course Creator


Hana Kuc is a Licensed Mental Heath counselor and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor who has been working in the field for 13 years. In that time she has worked as a counselor, therapist, educator and director. Hana has specialized in working with clients on medication assisted treatment, who are in recovery from opiates, and are also diagnosed with a mental health disorder.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Summarize existing literature on the effectiveness of psychological interventions on emotion regulation, PTSD and SUD symptoms.
  2. Describe methods used, results and conclusions drawn.
  3. Outline limitations of the current study and suggestions for future research.

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Course Number 103455
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