TA Coalition Webinar: Serious Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorders and Tailoring FEP Programs to Serve Women

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This webinar explores how mental health and substance use treatment providers currently care for women with co-occurring first episode psychosis (FEP), serious mental illness (SMI), and substance use disorder (SUD); and, what questions remain in relation to treating this population of women with complex presentations. Also of note is the high prevalence of ACEs in women and the ways to address this in care. Specific observations from the treatment areas note that: (a) women are underrepresented (SAMHSA TEDS Report – April 3, 2014), (b) women leave treatment early, and (c) care environments can be experienced by some women as re-traumatizing. Understanding processes that contribute to gender biases within the contexts of access and treatment is essential. The speakers identify specific knowledge gaps and potential areas for improvement from a research and clinical standpoint.


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