Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


Counseling and Psychological Services

First Advisor

Catherine Y Chang

Second Advisor

Franco Dispenza

Third Advisor

Jane Brack

Fourth Advisor

Laura Shannonhouse


Seeking Safety is an evidence-based manualized group counseling intervention designed to address the intersection of trauma and addiction. Trauma-sensitive yoga practice has been shown to be effective as an adjunct treatment in addictions. This qualitative utilization-focused program evaluation analyzed the effectiveness of enhancing Seeking Safety with a trauma-sensitive yoga practice integrated into the Seeking Safety group intervention. The author utilized archival interviews, focus groups and documents collected from a community mental health agency. Data included client interviews, key informant interviews, and demographics. Data were analyzed using narrative analysis of transcripts and documents to assess the efficacy of Seeking Safety with the yoga enhanced intervention. Implications and recommendations for further research on the use of trauma-sensitive yoga with Seeking Safety are discussed.