The Biology of Loss: A Trauma-informed Perspective In Treating Addiction and Concurrent Disorders

Dr. Gabor Maté

Gabor Mate photo

A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics, from addiction to mind-body wellness. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Phyllis Solon

Phyllis Solon

Dr. Phyllis Solon is core faculty in the Doctoral program in counseling psychology at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, a training program that is relationally grounded, culturally oriented and academically rigorous.

She is also a clinician and consultant in private practice in South Minneapolis and has worked in a variety of multidisciplinary and multicultural clinical settings serving the needs of children, adolescents and families. 

Well versed in the neurology of attachment, development and trauma and the use of interpersonal neurobiology in providing therapy across the life span, she conducts individual, couples, family and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults.

Along with two colleagues, she has also developed a comprehensive model for understanding and treating developmental trauma, complex PTSD and neuro-dissociative states, called the Adaptive Internal Relational Network Model.

Dr Solon provides clinical consultation on trauma, multiculturalism, autism and many other topics to professionals and organizations and has designed and taught a wide variety of psychology courses both in the United States and abroad.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how early childhood experiences and historical trauma shape the brain’s neurochemical and physiological circuits and initiates substance use, behavior problems and mental health concerns.
  • Understand how, in many cases, addiction is self-medication for concurrent disorders.
  • Distinguish the social basis of co-occurring disorders in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment.
  • Develop the capacity to foster a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible and where individuals can generate genuine choice and responsibility.
  • Understand the role of harm reduction and trauma-informed care in effective service delivery.

This conference was supported by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, Mental Health Division.

Jan 27 2017 - 8am
Minnesota Center For Chemical and Mental Health
Coffman Theatre, Coffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455