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Casey House’s HIV & mental health educational series is for health care and support service providers caring for people living with, at risk for, and affected by HIV


Exploring trauma informed care & seeking safety: conversations in care 
with Dr. Martha Schmitz

Tuesday October 9th – 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Li Ka Shing Auditorium, St. Michael’s Hospital, 209 Victoria Street, Toronto

Registration is required, email to confirm your attendance

What is Seeking Safety? Seeking Safety (Najavits, 2002) is an evidence-based model that can be used in group or individual counselling. It was specifically developed to help survivors with co-occurring trauma and substance use, in a way that does not ask them to delve into emotionally distressing trauma narratives. Thus, “safety” is a deep concept with varied layers of meaning – safety of the client as they do the work; helping clients envision what safety would look and feel like in their lives; and helping them learn specific new ways of coping.


Keynote speaker & workshop lead Martha Schmitz, PhD is a senior trainer with Treatment Innovations. For over a decade, she has offered continuing education workshops and supervision in the treatment of PTSD and substance use to clinicians throughout the United States and abroad. She began working with Lisa Najavits in 2000 in a postdoctoral fellowship on seeking safety research at McLean Hospital. Dr. Schmitz is a staff psychologist at San Francisco VA Medical Center and assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California. Her clinical and research interests include post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use, and resiliency in survivors of trauma.

Conference chairs: Dr. Wiplove Lamba, an addiction physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and lecturer at the University of Toronto & Maureen Mahan, MEd, education development coordinator at Casey House.

Casey House’s HIV & Mental Health Series in collaboration with St. Michael’s Hospital

Casey House gratefully acknowledges the support of the Community One Foundation for partial funding for this education event.