Women's Recovery Conference 2021

2021 Women's Recovery Conference: Rising Together through Trauma, Grief and Loss

The 2021 Women's Recovery Conference offers up to 16.5 credit hours, with a variety of credit options, and is designed for substance abuse, mental health, psychology, criminal justice, human services and other healthcare professionals. It will be held on a virtual platform only, offered by Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) on May 5th, 6th and 7th of 2021.

One-day, two-day and three-day options are available, with a new option for "Friday only" registration, designed to assist practitioners who are unable to get away from their practice for more than just one day and who need to receive vital North Carolina updates to inform their practice.

This is the 35th year of the Women's Recovery Conference, where gender-specific care, focusing on the needs of women in recovery and their families, is exclusively presented. A special two-part presentation, titled "Update from the State: Women's SUD Treatment in NC" on Friday, May 7th with Starleen Scott-Robbins and "Caring for Women and Children: Current and Future Horizons," with Dr. Hendrée Jones, offers up-to-date information on legislative updates as well as important information on optimizing outcomes for women, including those who are pregnant or with families in North Carolina, while continuing to provide compassionate care. The entire conference is designed to offer providers the tools they need to foster stress resilience, promote collaboration, build trust and cope with ethical dilemmas, as they maintain clinical excellence and optimize care in an ever-changing environment. This is key information all providers must know to optimize client outcomes and to promote overall women's health, while sustaining recovery.

The Pre-Conference on May 5th offers all-day opportunities for both new and advanced practitioners. Participants may choose from an all-day session on either one of the following topics: "Tobacco, Too: Addressing Tobacco Use in Women with Other Substance Use Disorders" or "LGBTQ+ Trauma Informed Practice in Recovery: Ethical Care". Both will be held from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm EST.

Carol Penn The 2021 Main Conference, on May 6th and 7th, opens at 9:00 am EST on Thursday, May 6th, with a compelling Keynote Speech by Dr. Carol Penn, titled "Breath, Movement and Meaning," designed to bring awareness to the impact of "movement as medicine" in healing, while highlighting transformational recovery interventions and offering hope for vibrant health and wellness, in defiance of stagnant conventional paradigms.

The Main Conference features a variety of vital topics nestled into two parallel tracks. Track One, on Thursday, May 6th, inspired by DHHS, features a jam-packed 4.5 hour track, following the opening keynote presentation, titled "A Year Like No Other: Trends & Impact on Perinatal and Maternal Treatment". Subsections for this track include:

Track Two, on Thursday, May 6th features three presentations:

Friday morning, May 7th, opens with a formal North Carolina update by Starleen Scott-Robbins and Dr. Hendrée Jones, and follows with breakout sessions titled, "Integrating the Voice of Peer Support Specialists into Clinical Teams" and "Superwoman Syndrome and Self-Care: Compatible or Not?" Vital information for all providers working with women who are impacted by the opioid crisis is embedded within the entire three-day event.

Conference Objectives

At the 2021 conference, session content supports the following overarching conference goals:

  1. Provide concrete information, insight and treatment skills which may be applied not only to the current opioid crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, but to all types of substance use recovery as well as process addictions
  2. Arm providers with effective and evidence-based behavioral interventions to help women enter recovery, prevent relapse and sustain optimal health in long-term recovery, benefitting women as well as families
  3. Reinforce basic tenets of evidence-based care consistent with SAMHSA guidelines for addressing gender-specific service needs of women with substance use disorders, while concurrently offering skills to assist provider as they nurture women and families through recovery
  4. Remind all providers in attendance of current legislation surrounding mandatory reporting and care of pregnant women
  5. Articulate at least three evidence-based transformative modalities of care which foster social, psychological and physiological well-being in women’s recovery while reducing relapse risk
  6. Describe at least three effective evidence-based strategies which meet gender-specific needs of women with substance use disorders based on SAMHSA recommendations and / or those published in peerreviewed journals within the past seven years
  7. Explain, in detail, the key components of at least three primary cutting-edge treatment approaches which foster resilience, build trust and increase commitment to individualized therapeutic goals of women in recovery while optimizing health outcomes
  8. Describe at least three evidence-based strategies to optimize provider resilience while simultaneously fostering resilience of women in recovery. Inherent in this process is a commitment to honor all types of diversity, celebrate individuality and uniqueness, promote authenticity and foster genuine collaboration, based on truly ethical care for women and families in recovery

with the support of

UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC
VAYA Health
NC Department of Health and Human Services