Women, Children, and Families - Training and Technical Assistance

Trainings, Conferences, and Webinars

Learn about trainings, conferences, and webinars that help professionals working with women and girls with mental and/or substance use disorders.

Training Tool Box for Addressing the Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women with Substance Use Disorders

The Training Tool Box is a resource to help trainers educate the workforce about the gender-specific needs of women with substance use disorders. It allows trainers/presenters to develop customized, informative, evidence-based trainings on serving women with substance use disorders (SUDs). It includes:

  • Six modules with PowerPoint slides and talking points
  • Activities/case studies/handouts/additional resources
  • Complete references

Learn more about the Training Tool Box and download resources.

Relationships Matter! A Webinar Series on Women's Behavioral Health

Relationships Matter!

Relationships Matter! A Webinar Series on Women's Behavioral Health explores the role of relationships in the lives of women experiencing mental health and substance use issues. This series will:

  • Help practitioners serving women with behavioral health problems understand and address the impacts that relationships have on women's treatment and recovery;
  • Present relationship-specific interventions and approaches that work with women; and
  • Offer practical hands-on tools and resources that a wide variety of practitioners may use to support women’s recovery.

Learn more about Relationships Matter and register for upcoming webinars!

Women Matter! An introduction to Women, Addiction, and Recovery

Women Matter!

This recent five-part webinar series, Women Matter! focused on women’s substance use and mental health concerns. Experts in the field share treatment approaches that support women from diverse cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations, gender identities, and life experiences.

This series:

  • Built participants' capacity to address the specific concerns and needs of the women they serve; and
  • Increased their ability to provide gender-sensitive care

Learn more about Women Matter!

Girls Matter! A webinar series addressing adolescent girls' behavioral health

Girls Matter!

This highly successful six-part webinar series featured research, best practices, and critical thinking about key areas that professionals working with girls and young women need to know.

The series:

  • Increased participants’ understanding of the needs and concerns of adolescent girls; and
  • Enhanced their ability to effectively treat those unique issues

Learn more about Girls Matter!

Introduction to Women and Substance Use Disorders

This 12-hour, self-paced course developed by SAMHSA helps counselors and other practitioners working with women better understand women’s substance use, treatment and recovery experiences and effective interventions for women. Modules include:

  • Women and Substance Use
  • Overview of Effective Clinical Interventions with Women
  • Violence, Trauma, and Trauma-Informed Approaches
  • Co-Occurring Mental Health Disorders (CODs)
  • Health Care Issues for Women in Treatment
  • Considerations Related to Pregnancy
  • Considerations Related to Family

Register for the course.

Women's Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI)

Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI)

There is an urgent need to cultivate emerging leaders in women’s services to ensure that gender-responsive approaches continue to be developed and implemented in our changing behavioral health environment. To respond to this need, SAMHSA Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) has created the Women’s Addiction Services Leadership Institute (WASLI). The goals of WASLI are to strengthen the capacity to meet the prevention, treatment, and recovery needs of women with substance use and mental health problems by:

  • Developing and improving the leadership skills of participants; and
  • Creating a network of the next generation of leaders in women’s services.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

The NCSACW offers archived webinars about topics such as:

  • Medication Assisted Treatment and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  • Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement and Retention
  • Trauma
  • Models of Collaboration
  • Evidence-Based Practices for Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders

Access the webinars.

Past Trainings and Conferences

Learn more about and access training materials from our prior events, including:

National Conferences on Behavioral Health for Women and Girls

Last Updated: 09/15/2017