Recent research on the treatment of chronic traumatization has increased awareness in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields to explore the complex interactions between substance abuse disorders and traumatic experiences.
This workshop will focus on the gender-specific needs of women seeking treatment for substance abuse disorders. Treatment for women is apt to be ineffective unless it acknowledges the realities of women’s lives, which includes the high prevalence of violence and other types of abuse. A history of being abused increases the likelihood that a woman will abuse alcohol and other drugs. We will explore the connection between trauma and substance abuse disorders and how to treat them concurrently. We will discuss the issues of shame and stigma as they relate to women who are seeking treatment and strategies to reduce them.
8:45 – Overview of Gender-Specific, Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment for Women
10:15 – Break
10:30 – Etiology and Risk Factors for Women/Barriers to Treatment
12:00 – Lunch
1:00 – Expressive Treatment Modalities
2:30 – Break
2:45 – Specific treatment principles and strategies for working with vulnerable women with substance abuse disorders
3:45 – Questions, evaluations, closeout.
4:15 – Workshop ends