Relationships Matter! is a webinar series focusing on women's behavioral health and exploring the role of relationships in the lives of women experiencing mental health and substance use issues, by developed by SAMHSA (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration). This five-part series provides research, best practice, and critical thinking about topics professionals need to know when working with women as well as better understanding the pitfalls, promise, and power of relationships in women and girls’ mental health and substance use services.
The Relationships Matter! series aims to:
•Help practitioners who serve women with behavioral health problems understand and address the impacts that relationships have on women's treatment and recovery
•Present relationship-specific interventions and approaches that work with women
•Offer practical hands-on tools that a wide variety of practitioners may use to support women’s recovery
The next webinar will introduce connections among Intimate partner violence (IPV), women's substance abuse and recovery on 1st August.
Intimate partner violence (IPV) and women's substance abuse are often intertwined. Some women turn to substances to cope with the trauma of IPV, and others are coerced into using substances by an abusive partner. High rates of substance abuse among women seeking domestic violence (DV) services, along with high rates of IPV among women seeking substance abuse treatment, underscore the need for an integrated approach. However, DV programs are often unprepared to support women around substance abuse, just as behavioral health providers are often unprepared to identify and respond to IPV. This webinar focuses on ways behavioral health and DV service providers can work together to address the complex range of issues women face in trying to find safety, access recovery services, and heal from the trauma of IPV.
Topics will include:
•Coercion and women's alcohol and drug use and abuse
•Screening and engagement regarding personal safety, IPV, and substance abuse
•Considerations in treatment planning
•Effective strategies and evidence-based practices for supporting women experiencing both IPV and substance abuse
This event will take place Tuesday, August 1, 2:00-3:30 p.m. EST in the U.S.A.. Please confirm your local time. If you are interested in previous webinars in the series, please follow the SAMHSA Women, Children and Families Training and Technical Assistance website.