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The number of individuals registered for sessions regarding traumatic stress and its influence on addiction was more than anticipated, causing the event to be moved from the Quality Inn to Hall C in the Bismarck Event Center.

Slated to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday and 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, the North Dakota Department of Human Services is hosting training sessions on how traumatic stress can impact human development and addiction.

The department's Behavioral Health Division helps fund the event in order to promote the care of traumatized children. 

Experts that work with the Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth in North Dakota will lead the training. Stephen Wonderlich, associate chairperson in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the University of North Dakota, along with Nicola Herting, Red River Children's Advocacy Center's mental health executive, and Jennifer Boub, TCTY administrator, will be speaking. They will discuss traumatic stress and how it influences human development, how post-traumatic stress can lead to substance abuse and how to help treat people with substance disorders.

"According to the Department of Human Services' Behavioral Health Division, 147 individuals are registered for the Monday session, and 127 are registered for Tuesday," said Heather Steffl, the public information officer of the North Dakota Department of Human Services. "The higher interest may be due to the topic: connection of trauma to addiction, the quality of the trainers and the fact that the training and CEUs are being offered to professionals at no cost."

Registration can be completed online or at the Event Center before each session of training.

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