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Exploring Substance Use in Women

Course #: 06-1015

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CE Credit Hours: 2.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours

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Course Description

CE Course Description

People may face unique issues when it comes to substance use, as a result of both sex and gender. This intermediate level continuing education course, which was developed using information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), addresses unique characteristics and issues pertaining to substance misuse among women. The reason women use drugs, how they respond, and the way that substance use disorders manifest in women compared to men are discussed as well as sex and gender differences in substance use disorder treatment. In addition, a summary of how specific drugs impact women is presented as well as an overview of the how substance use impacts pregnant and breastfeeding women.  Finally, the need to include women in clinical research related to substance misuse is examined.

CE Course Objectives

1. Identify unique characteristics of women as well as circumstances and issues they face that may impact substance use and misuse.

2. Compare and contrastmen and women in regard to use patterns, effects, and consequences of specific drugs.

3. Describe the impact of substance misuse among pregnant and breastfeeding women, including how various drugs may impact the fetus and the newborn.

4. Differentiate between sex and gender differences in substance use disorder treatment, including unique barriers to treatment that women face.

5. Determine how the presence of co-occurring disorders, violence victimization, and race and ethnicity influence substance misuse among women.

6. Discuss factors that have hindered female participation in research as well as the importance of including women in clinical research related to substance misuse and other health issues that impact them.



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The Mindful team consists of numerous behavioral health professionals with a plethora of clinical experience as well as backgrounds in higher education, including teaching at the university level. Our three consulting psychologists review the appropriate course material, based on their experience and expertise that aligns with program content, to ensure that it enhances interdisciplinary understanding and is consistent with a systematic, research-based approach to promoting continued education and for synthesizing new knowledge into the clinician’s professional environment.

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