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Lakeland College & WCA
2014 Fall Intensive Workshop
Trauma and Addiction:
Issues & Interventions

Lakeland College Fox Cities Center
2320 Industrial Drive
Neenah, WI
October 18, 2014, 9 a.m.-noon
(registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)

Whether from childhood abuse or military service, trauma too often fuels our therapy patients into complex struggles with substance abuse. Conversely, those of us who work in the addictions field deal with a population that has an increasing amount of co-occurring mental health issues that can be traced back to early life experiences as well as traumas resulting from substance use. Providers faced with treating such individuals can feel baffled as to how to successfully help them navigate. Presenters will provide ways to improve understanding and treatment for mental health and substance abuse providers in the trenches with these two intertwined conditions.

Goals for the workshop include:

  • Understanding of the complex nature of trauma and addiction and how they interact
  • Understand and apply a conceptual framework for treatment
  • Strategies to increase treatment effectiveness with both trauma and addiction


Matthew Felgus, MD, is Board Certified in Addiction Medicine and Psychiatry. He has been practicing in Madison since 1998 both in private practice and as Medical Director for several AODA treatment agencies in the area. He is a clinical faculty member of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Psychiatry and teaches for their Psychiatry Residency and the Madison VA Hospital-based Addiction Fellowship. Treating patients at the interface of addiction and mental health has been his passion for 25 years. He began his career as a drug counselor before entering medical school, and brings a drug counselor's perspective to his work as an Addiction Psychiatrist. He has been interviewed on radio shows and TV news and has given over 100 lectures and presentations on substance use, and the bridge between use and mental health issues. He is hoping to finish his book on addiction for parents and professionals in the not-too-distant future.

Jeff Ryan, LPC, CSAC began in the therapy field as a substance abuse counselor working primarily with adolescents and young adults with 17-plus years of experience. Throughout his career, Jeff has strived to build caring and compassionate relationships. After seeing those suffering with substance abuse and trauma not getting the care that they needed, he has spent the last 7 years exploring the intersections of trauma and addiction. He is fully trained in EMDR and Brainspotting two highly effective methods for treating trauma along with specialized training in treating dissociative disorders.



$75 (WCA Members)
$100 (Nonmembers)
Students: $30 with professor verification

WCA members are eligible for 1 CEH per hour of continuing education for every hour in attendance at this workshop. WCA members receive approval of hours free as part of their dues. Nonmembers, are required to submit a check for $15.00 when requesting CEH's.

Registrations are limited!

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