Last reviewed: 2023
- Individuals who have experienced trauma
- Individuals who have experienced substance abuse
Continuum of Care:
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Substance Use, Suicide, Trauma
Adult (25+), Teen/Adolescent (13-18), Young Adult (19-24)
Limited research found involving diverse populations
Individuals with co-occurring PTSD and substance abuse
Is Training Required?
Who can provide the required training?
Individuals certified by Treatment Innovations to provide Seeking Safety training
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Yes, refer to program website
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
Schafer, I., Lotzin, A., Hiller, P., Sehner, S., Drissen, M. Hillemacher, T., Schafer, N. Scherbaum, N., & Grundman, J. (2019). A multisite randomized controlled trial of Seeking Safety vs. Relapse Prevention Training for women with co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder. European Journal of Psychotherapy
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
Seeking Safety was separately reviewed for both adults and adolescents. There is one published RCT on Seeking Safety in adolescents, and this study had a small sample size of 33 patients and did not yield many significant results. The majority of the evidence for Seeking Safety is for specific adult populations (e.g., incarcerated populations), which make it difficult to generalize to an adolescent population. Indeed, a 2014 meta-analysis of the program described Seeking Safety as promising; however, given our age range and the lack of quality research in adolescent populations, we cannot determine that this intervention is supported by research at this time for adolescents.
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Supported by Research Evidence
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Not On Registry
Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Found on the registry. See link for more information.
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