Gabriela Zapata-Alma

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Courses

  • 40012 Clinical Interventions in Substance Use Disorders
  • 44501 Clinical Research: Using Evidence in Clinical Decision Making
  • 60200 Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Also teaches several of the trauma-informed care certification sessions offered through the Dean of Students office
  • Coordinator of  the Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor certification program of study

Job Experience Current

  • Director of Policy and Practice for Domestic Violence and Substance Use, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health
  • Owner, Gabriela Zapata-Alma Inc.

Job Experience Past

  • Director of Substance Use Treatment Programs, Thresholds
  • Director of Scattered-Site Housing Programs, Chicago House & Social Service Agency
  • Co-Owner/Founder, Roots Counseling & Training Solutions Co.
  • Consultant, Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence
  • Consultant, Midwest Harm Reduction Institute

Fields of Special Interest

  • Trauma Care & Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Co-Occurring Disorders & Integrated Treatment
  • Harm Reduction
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Gender-Responsive and Trans GNC Affirming Services
  • LGBTQ+ Responsive Treatment
  • Family-Based Treatment
  • Intersectionality
  • Cultural Humility and Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Decarceration and Arrest Deflection
  • Homelessness and Supportive Housing
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Leadership

Publications or Presentations

  • Co-Author: Warshaw, C. & Zapata-Alma, G.A. (in press). Mental Health Treatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence. In (R. Geffner, J.W. White, K. Hamberger, A. Rosenbaum, V. Vaughan-Eden, V. I. Vieth, Eds; J. Langhinrichsen-Rohling, G. Tinney, S.M. Wagers, L. K. Hamberger, A. Rosenbaum Section Eds.). Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan: A Project of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV). New York: Springer International Publishing. 

  • Author: Zapata-Alma, G.A. (2020). Committed to Serving ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances. National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 

  • Co-Author: Cave, C. & Zapata-Alma, G.A. (2020). Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed (ACRTI) Organizations – Implementation Support Guide for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Programs - Guide #1: The Social, Emotional, and Relational Climate and Organizational Trauma. National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 

  • Presenter: “Responding to Substance Use Coercion in Treatment and Recovery Services” Michigan Women’s Treatment and Recovery Services Network, 9/20 

  • Co-Presenter: “Mental Health Treatment in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence” 25th International Summit on Interpersonal Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Across the Lifespan, 9/20 

  • Plenary Panel (Moderator): “Working in the Field of IPV: Applying 40 Years of Knowledge and Lessons Learned” 25th International Summit on Interpersonal Violence, Abuse, and Trauma Across the Lifespan, 9/20 

  • Presenter: “Mental Health Teletherapy for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence Amidst the COVID-19 Crisis” Development Connections, Inter-American Development Bank, 8/20 

  • Presenter: “Culturally Responsive Substance Use Disorder Treatment” SAMHSA Minority Fellowship Program, 8/20 

  • Co-Presenter: “Working at the Intersections of Intimate Partner Violence and Mental Health” 3-part series with Mental Health Technology Transfer Centers, 7/20, 8/20, 9/20 

  • Co-Presenter: “Cultivating Healing-Centered Workplaces for BIPOC Clinicians” UChicago School of Social Service Administration, Professional Development Program, 7/20 

  • Presenter: “Domestic Violence and Substance Use” Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare and Illinois Dept. of Children and Family Services, 7/20 

  • Presenter: “Road to Recovery: Purposeful Post-Treatment and Aftercare Planning” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 6/20 

  • Presenter: “Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Treatment” Illinois Co-Occurring Center of Excellence, 5/2 

  • Co-Presenter: “Responding to Intimate Partner Violence in Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Services Amid the COVID-19 Crisis and Beyond” Women’s Services Coordinators of the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), 5/20. 

  • Presenter: “Restoring and Promoting Resilience: Responsive Practices for Immigrant Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence” South Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center, 04/2020 

  • Presenter: “Shelter From the Storm Inside: Supporting Recovery, Safety, and Wellbeing in the COVID-19 Pandemic” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 2/20; National Center on Domestic Violence Trauma & Mental Health, 5/20; Prevent Child Abuse America, 6/20; FEMA Youth Council, 9/20 

  • Presenter: “It’s Time To Stop Kicking People Out of Treatment: Alternatives to Administrative Discharge” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 2/20 

  • Presenter: “Recommendations and Collaborative Strategies for Systems and Organizations Working at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use” SAMHSA, Administration for Children and Families, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, 02/2020 

  • Plenary: “Improving Care for Survivors of Trauma and Intimate Partner Violence”  13th Annual Community-Service Learning Conference, University of Texas Health San Antonio, 02/2020 

  • Presenter: “Working at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Trauma, Substance Use, and Mental Health: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration” Presented exclusively for the Directors of Mental Health, Addiction, and Prevention Technology Transfer Centers, 01/2020 

  • Presenter: “Providing Effective Clinical Supervision (Advanced)” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 11/2019 

  • Plenary: “Trauma-Informed Approaches in HIV, Hep-C, and Opioid/Methamphetamine Use Disorder Care” Triple Threat Conference, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center, 11/2019 

  • Presenter: “Trauma-Informed and DV-Informed Approaches to Care” HRSA, 10/2019 

  • Presenter: “SAMHSA and ACF Information Memorandum on Working at the Intersection of Domestic Violence, Substance Use and Mental: Research, Recommendations, and Resources” SAMHSA, Administration for Children and Families, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, 10/2019 

  • Presenter: “Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care” National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, 09/2019 

  • Plenary: “Understanding the Intersections of Substance Use, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Implications for Family Justice Centers” Alliance for Hope International Leadership Summit, 09/2019 

  • Presenter: “Mutual Aid Community Recovery Groups” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 09/2019 

  • Presenter: “Overdose Prevention & Response in Anti-Domestic Violence Advocacy” National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, 08/2019 

  • Keynote: “Recovery: A Multidimensional Framework” Mental Health Summit, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 08/2019 

  • Presenter: “Building Strong Substance Use Disorder and Serious Mental Illness Services Using Evidence-based Practices” The Way Home Virtual Summit, SAMHSA Homeless and Housing Resource Network, 08/2019 

  • Presenter: “Assessing and Addressing Housing Instability and Invisible Homelessness” The Way Home Virtual Summit, SAMHSA Homeless and Housing Resource Network, 08/2019 

  • Presenter: “Trauma-Informed Advocacy for Survivors Who Use Substances” Violence Free Colorado, 08/2019 

  • Plenary: “Responding to Mental Health and Substance Use Needs Within Transitional Housing Programs” Voluntary Services Conference, Texas Council on Family Violence, 07/2019 

  • Presenter: “Supporting Survivors Who Use Methamphetamine” Board of Directors Conference, Native Women’s Society of the Great Plains, 07/2019 

  • Plenary: “Trauma-Informed Approaches in HIV, Hep-C, and Opioid Use Disorder Care” Triple Threat Conference, Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center & AIDS Foundation of Chicago, 06/2019 

  • Presenter: “Alternatives to Administrative Discharge: It’s Time to Stop Kicking People Out of Treatment” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 05/2019 

  • Author: Zapata-Alma, G. (2019). Committed to Serving ALL Survivors: Guidance for Domestic Violence Programs on Supporting Survivors Who Use Substances. National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 

  • Contributing Author: Cave, C. (2019). Implementation Guide for Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive and Trauma-Informed Organizations. National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. 

  • Presenter: “Substance Use in the Context of Trauma & Domestic Violence” New Jersey Family Division and Domestic Violence Judicial Education Conference, 04/2019    

  • Plenary Panelist: “Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Rights-based Approach to Global Health” Consortium of Universities for Global Health Annual Conference,03/2019 

  • Presenter: “Gender-Responsive Care for Women with Substance Use Disorders” The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, Professional Development Program, 03/2019 

  • Presenter: “Stimulant Use Disorders” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 03/2019 

  • Presenter: “Supporting Women in Recovery: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Substance Use Treatment ” National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, 03/2019 

  • Presenter: “The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Substance Use” Alliance for Hope International, International Family Justice Center Conference, 03/2019 

  • Panelist: “Engaging Law Enforcement to Implement Community Harm Reduction Outreach Programs” Midwest Harm Reduction Institute’s Conference, 10/2018 

  • Presenter: “Trauma-Informed Care for LGBTQIA+ Individuals Living with a Substance Use Disorder” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 10/2018 

  • Panelist: “Opioid Crisis: Misperceptions & Evidence-Based Solutions” North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology, 09/2018 

  • Presenter: “Creating and Strengthening Points of Connection to Better Serve Youth with Behavioral Health Needs Who Are Experiencing Homelessness” as part of SAMHSA’s Addressing the Housing and Behavioral Health Needs of Youth Experiencing Homelessness Spotlight Series, 05/2018. 

  • Presenter: “Families in Crisis: Working with Families in Recovery”  Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 04/2018. 

  • Presenter: “Substance Use Counseling Skills: Evidence in Practice” Florida Dept. of Children and Families, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, 04/2018.x 

  • Presenter: “Cultural Humility: An Integrated Framework for Vulnerable Populations” University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration Professional Development Program, 04/2017, 10/2017, 3/2018. 

  • Presenter: “Trauma & Trauma-Informed Care” Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago Illinois Reentry Conference, 06/17; Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence, 02/18; The University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration Trauma Certification Program, 02/2018. 

  • Zapata-Alma, G. & Devitt, T. (2018) Striving for compassionate recovery-oriented substance use care. Behavioral Health News, 5(3). 

  • Presenter: “What Does Effective Case Management Look Like?” as part of SAMHSA’s Case Management in the 21st Century Spotlight Series, 12/2017. 

  • Presenter: “Cultural Humility: An Integrated Framework for Serving Trauma-Exposed Populations” and “Cultural Humility in Leadership and Administration” Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center, 10/2017. 

  • Presenter: “Cultural Humility in Leadership & Administration” as part of SAMHSA’s Cultural Understanding and Culturally Responsive Services Spotlight Series, 08/2017. 

  • Presenter: “Integrated Group Therapy for Co-Occurring Disorders” Illinois Co-Occurring Center for Excellence, 3/2017, 9/2017. 

  • Co-Author: Women’s Committee of the Illinois Advisory Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependency (2016).“2017-2019 Women’s Plan and Practitioner Toolkit” Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. 

  • Presenter: “LGBTQIA+ Responsive Treatment” Women’s Services Network, National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD), 2016