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Online Training – Women and Addiction: Trauma-Informed, Gender Specific Treatment

October 26 Login to Zoom 8:30 am; Training 8:45 am-4:15 pm (EDT) $179, 6 CEUs Presenter: Denise Tordella, MA, LPC Zoom, MD + Google Map

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Define sex and gender differences that affect women’s experience with substance use, treatment services, and recovery.
  • Define gender-responsive services and the core elements of those services.
  • Identify common reasons that women initiate substance use, along with risk factors and protective factors for women and girls.
  • Identify three common barriers women have to seeking and accessing treatment
  • Identify five (5) creative and body-oriented treatment strategies and modalities to support individuals in identifying and implementing adaptive coping methods that regulate arousal level and modulate affect and reduce the use of the maladaptive coping mechanism of substance misuse.
  • Discuss effective treatment principles and strategies for working with vulnerable women (e.g., pregnant women, adolescent girls, women involved with the criminal justice system, survivors of domestic violence)


8:45 am – 12:00 pm

  • Overview of Gender-Specific, Trauma-Informed Substance Abuse Treatment for Women
  • Etiology and Risk Factors for Women/Barriers to Treatment

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm   LUNCH

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Expressive Treatment Modalities
  • Specific treatment principles and strategies for working with vulnerable women with substance abuse disorders
  • Questions, evaluations, closeout.

Please note that short breaks will be offered throughout the day at the following times:

Morning: 10 AM and 11 AM
Afternoon: 2 PM and 3 PM

Woman and Addiction
"The presentation was very informative. The presenter was mindful of the technology." ~April M., LMSW

"Denise did an excellent job...I found her very knowledgeable and she used really relevant case examples (from her own experiences) that helped make the material more tangible. Her examples of reframing both assessment questions and how to respond to clients in a strength-based way were very informative...Overall, I very much enjoyed the training." ~Sara F., LGSW, MSW

“I was very impressed with this seminar. The facilitator not only made the seminar enjoyable, but she was extremely knowledgable and shared her experiences. I definitely
look forward to attending more seminars.”—Kathy Hammel, LCSW-C

“Denise is a true expert in issues related to trauma and addiction and has a great way of sharing her knowledge as a presenter.” Kim M.