Women and Addiction: Assessment, Treatment, and Recovery

Presented by Kim Dennis, MD on 05-20-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Substance use and issues associated with addiction continue to increase in prevalence among women. In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Dennis will discuss the etiology of addiction in women and why the appeal of certain prescription medications, illicit drugs, and alcohol is growing. For example, as many as 25% of women in the United States today take some type of prescription psychiatric medication and this trend may be serving to escalate the incidence of addiction to prescription medication among females.

Dr. Dennis will review the standard definition of addiction, discuss its prevalence, and discuss the unique obstacles that women face when seeking treatment and sobriety. Dr. Dennis will also review contemporary methods for assessing substance and process addictions while sharing her experience as to which treatment interventions are most effective in practice.

This introductory, instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe the difference between substance induced disorders and substance use disorders.
  2. Explain the etiology of substance and process addictions.
  3. Discuss how the effects of addiction impact women's relationships and mental health.
  4. Predict barriers and obstacles to women seeking help for addiction.
  5. Recognize assessment tools and treatment options for addiction and co-occurring issues.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

388CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within clinical intake and screening, clinical assessment, treatment plan, case management, and discharge and continuing care.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Highlights

This presentation provided great support for addressing addiction from an integrated model of treatment. – Penny K. Durban, MA, AGC

​I have been providing substance use (and mental health) services for 25 years and it is rare to have women's issues spoken about so clearly and in ways that help providers become more knowledgeable and resourced when working with this group. – Jeff Wells LMFT, CADC

​This workshop was one of the best I've attended. – Cory Fehlberg, LMFT

Meet the Presenter

Kim Dennis, MD

Kim Dennis, MD

Kimberly Dennis, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist and the CEO/Medical Director Emeritus of Timberline Knolls, a residential treatment center for women experiencing eating disorders and addiction, where she is involved with the development of clinical programs. 

Specializing in addiction recovery and the treatment of trauma/posttraumatic stress and co-occurring conditions, Dr. Dennis takes a holistic approach to psychiatry, incorporating psycho-social, biological, and spiritual modalities and theories into treatment. 

She has worked and published extensively in the fields of eating disorders recovery and treatment. During her psychiatric residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals, she served on an eating disorders treatment team and also conducted clinical research with the head of the eating disorders program. 

A frequent contributor to professional journals such as Behavioral Healthcare, news networks such as ABC News and CNN, and newspapers such as Chicago Tribune and the Boston Globe, Dr. Dennis also serves on the editorial board of Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention. In addition, she writes a monthly column for Dailystrength.org, an online support group network, and has been featured in two documentaries about eating disorders and on the television show “My Strange Addiction.” 

Dr. Dennis serves on the medical advisory board for the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders, of which she was a founding member, and is a member of several other organizations, including the American Psychiatric Association. She resides in Illinois.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.