October 27, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Virtual Event
CASAT Learning

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month:
Understanding the Dimensions of Substance Use and Why Survivors of Domestic Violence May Continue to Use Substances

This webinar provides a framework for unpacking the uniquely personal dynamics of substance use experiences, including information on intersecting factors that contribute to ongoing substance use for survivors of domestic violence (DV). Through understanding the layers of complexity involved in substance use, counselors and recovery support specialists will be prepared to respond with deeper empathy, active listening, individualized approaches, safety planning strategies, and collaborative partnerships with survivors. This webinar will also help clarify the connections between substance use and domestic violence, as well as offer trauma-informed strategies for opening conversations about substance use and domestic violence within substance use disorder, mental health, and recovery support services.

Presented by:
Gabriela Zapata-Alma, LCSW, CADC is the Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, as well as faculty at The University of Chicago, where they coordinate the Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor certification program. Gabriela brings over 15 years of experience supporting survivors of domestic violence and other trauma, as well as people impacted by housing instability, HIV/AIDS, substance use disorders, and mental health conditions; providing bilingual (Spanish and English) counseling, training, advocacy, and consultation; and leading programs using trauma-informed approaches, Motivational Interviewing, harm reduction, gender-responsive care, Housing First, and third-wave behavioral interventions. Gabriela has been recognized with numerous awards, including Health & Medicine Policy Research Group’s 2018 Health Award, and the 2017 Rising Star Award from the Illinois chapter of National Association for Addiction Professionals (NAADAC). Gabriela provides clinical supervision and trauma-focused counseling services locally, as well as training and technical assistance related to serving marginalized communities impacted by trauma and other social determinants of health nationally and internationally.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
This webinar is approved for 1.5 CEUs by the following professional organizations:


  • Nevada Board of Examiners for Alcohol, Drug, & Gambling Counselors
  • Nevada State Board of Nursing
  • Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists and Clinical Professional Counselors
  • State of Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
  • DPBH Domestic Violence – PENDING APPROVAL


  • National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)*
  • International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)

*CASAT has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6492. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CASAT is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Presentation materials are not for reproduction or distribution without specific written authorization.The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in our courses are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of CASAT.

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