Women’s Gender-Specific Issues and Addiction: Self-Image, Depression, Violence, and Self-Medication

 

Speaker: Mary-K O’Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC

Topic: Women's Health

Location: Foxborough, MA

Thursday, November 1, 2018

This course will review the etiology and symptoms of Women’s Gender Specific issues and their impact upon the client’s thinking, emotions, and behaviors. Issues such as societal pressures, clinical prevalence of depressive disorders and substance use, oppression, and lack of equal access to resources will be reviewed.  In addition, strategies to assist women with these issues will be discussed through the use of case studies, film vignettes, and small group activities.

Following this training, workshop participants will be able to:

  • To identify prevalent gender specific issues and challenges for clients
  • To understand the effects of these issues on thinking, emotions, and behaviors
  • To discuss the effects of substances of abuse on women
  • To overview the current “best practice models” utilized to stabilize and assist clients in managing these issues

This workshop will benefit social workers, mental health professionals, clinicians, educators, counselors and paraprofessionals.  This format includes lecture, discussion, case studies, role plays, films and /or testimonials.

Mary-K O’Sullivan, LMFT, LADC, LPC has educated and trained in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, and co- occurring disorders for more than 20 years. She is past director of the Center, which was the certification/licensure training facility for substance abuse and prevention for the state of Connecticut.  Mary-K provides training to many nonprofits in Connecticut, and is completing her doctorate in clinical psychology.

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