David A. Washington is an advocate, trauma specialist, person in long-term recovery and a survivor of adverse childhood experiences. He has overseen a Jail Substance Abuse Program, provides weekend Rewriting Inner Script (RISE) Retreats, and is a therapist for the TAMAR Project (Trauma, Addictions, Mental Health, And, Recovery). He has been in the field of substance use disorder treatment since 1989, currently working with the State of Maryland and previously worked for The Johns Hopkins Hospital Program for Alcoholism and Other Drug Dependences. In 2000 he was hired as a Trauma Specialist, through the Office of Special Needs Populations in Maryland and his life was changed. Since that time, Mr. Washington has worked to advance the field of trauma services in the criminal justice system and has been a presenter with the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
David has presented on trauma informed care and services at numerous conferences and trainings. He completed a 90-hour post-graduate trauma studies certificate program with Bessel van der Kolk PhD in May 2011. While Mr. Washington conducts trauma therapy for both males and females, he has specialized in working with males in the criminal justice system. He is currently excited to be amidst one of the first treatment providers in Maryland to be implementing the curriculum “Sexual Health in Recovery” in detention center. Most recently he was the lunch time speaker at the Gender Matters, Men Matters conference in Colorado (2014), a presenter at the University of Maryland’s Department of Virology (2015) and completed the train-the-trainer program “How Being Trauma-Informed Improves Criminal Justice System Responses at SAMHSA’S GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation (2016).
His story of resilience after abuse is an indicator of how appropriate assistance for males with a history of trauma and substance use disorder can live a life of recovery.