Location: MAHEC Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus Asheville, NC

The 2016 Women's Recovery Conference offers up to 16.25 credit hours, a variety of credit options, and is designed for substance abuse, mental health, psychology, criminal justice, human services and healthcare professionals. It will be held at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Mary C. Nesbitt Biltmore Campus in lovely Asheville, NC on May 4th, 5th, and 6th of 2016.

One-day to three-day options are available with a special Healthcare Provider “Express Track” on Friday May 6th. Please check back on February 1, 2016 for online session details and registration information.

During the course of the past two decades, research has provided critical insight about what works to prevent, treat, and sustain recovery for women and families impacted by substance use disorders. Since women were not often included in research prior to the 1990’s, it is a continued priority of the conference to ensure that participants have opportunities to update their knowledge, skills and abilities based upon up to date research and evidenced-based practice.

At the 2016 conference, the content of each session will support the recommendations set forth by SAMHSA/CSAT to address the specific needs of women by continuing to train providers to:

  • Understand and render trauma-informed and gender-informed care, using evidence-based treatment models
  • Identify the importance and impact of socioeconomic issues and differences, relationships, and caregiver roles among women, as these interact with recovery needs
  • Recognize roles and gender expectations across cultures that affect societal attitudes toward women who use substances
  • Articulate women’s unique health concerns, understand unique social and physiological aspects of addiction for women, and employ gender-specific recovery principles
  • Understand the importance of an integrated and multidisciplinary approach to women’s treatment that maintains a gender-responsive treatment environment across settings and dovetails with Whole Person Care
  • Identify key tenets of the NC Pregnancy and Opioid Project, to empower pregnant women and children, while assisting with information that ensures optimal gender-based care in recovery