May 2, 2018 @ 9:00 am – May 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm
MAHEC Education Center
121 Hendersonville Rd
Asheville, NC 28803

18MH037 - 2018 Women’s Recovery Conference

he 2018 Women’s Recovery Conference offers up to 17.0 credit hours, a variety of credit options, and is designed for substance abuse, mental health, psychology, criminal justice, human services and other healthcare professionals. One-day to three-day options are available, with a special Healthcare Concentration Track (HCCT) on Friday, May 4th.

The Preconference on Wednesday, May 2nd offers all-day opportunities for both new and advanced practitioners. Participants may choose from an all-day session on the SAMHSA Toolkit offering an overview of gender-specific care to meet the needs of women with substance use disorders (this presentation is designed for an intermediate and advanced audience of managers, clinical supervisors, educators, and other advocates for women, who have at least two years of experience in direct care of women with substance use disorders), a four-part session on somatic interventions in gender-specific care for women, or an all-day session on trauma-informed DBT to capitalize on women’s strengths.

The Main Conference on Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th, opens Thursday with a dramatic, Keynote Speech by Sage Chioma on The Power of Story and features a plethora of topics including a two-part session Legal and Clinical Imperatives, application of the creative arts in recovery, trauma and co-morbidity, a two-day session on Subtle Yoga for Trauma Recovery, ethical implications of DSM-5, as well as bridging the gap between trauma and substance abuse. Up-to-date, evidence-based, crucial information for all providers working with women who are impacted by the opioid crisis is embedded within the entire three-day event. The 2018 conference ends with a Plenary Speech by Geri Miller, titled “Do It Anyway,” as she shares wisdom derived from decades of research, practice, teaching, soul-searching, and serving others from her heart.

The Healthcare Concentration Track on Friday May 4th consists of three intensive sessions focused on training healthcare providers who care for women, including those who are pregnant or with families. The 2018 Healthcare Concentration Track 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 a changing environment. Information is offered on recently introduced legislative guidelines, changes in mandatory reporting, and maintaining rapport to help women sustain recovery and promote overall health and wellness. This specialized track ends just in time to join all other conference participants in a comprehensive Plenary Session.


  • Provide crucial information on the current opioid crisis, and arm providers with effective and evidence based behavioral interventions to help women enter recovery, prevent relapse and sustain optimal health in long-term recovery
  • Review strategies for provision of evidence-based care, consistent with SAMHSA’s “Training Tool Box for Addressing the Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women with Substance Use Disorders”
  • Describe current legislation surrounding mandatory reporting and care of pregnant women
  • Describe 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
  • List 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 peer-reviewed journals within the past seven years
  • Describe, 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

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