This webinar will explore how mental health and substance use treatment providers currently care for women with co-occurring first episode psychosis (FEP), serious mental illness (SMI), and substance use disorder (SUD) and what questions remain in relation to treating this population of women with complex presentations. Also of note is the high prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) in women and the ways to address this in care. Specific observations from our treatment areas note that: (a) women are under-represented (SAMHSA TEDS Report – April 3, 2014), (b) women leave treatment early, and (c) care environments can be experienced by some women as re-traumatizing. Understanding processes that contribute to gender biases within the contexts of access and treatment is essential. The speakers will identify specific knowledge gaps and potential areas for improvement from a research and clinical standpoint.
-Kirsten Bolton, MSW, Program Director, McLean OnTrack
-Kelly Carlson, Professional Development Specialist and Research Associate, McLean Hospital
-Carolyn Chance, RN, BSN, works in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorders Unit, McLean Hospital
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