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Supporting young women who use substances

Hands together in a supportive circle

Young women with substance use disorders often face unique and complex challenges. This training illuminates these challenges, helping service providers develop a deep understanding and practical skills to better support this population by:

  • Understanding the unique challenges
  • Exploring the root causes
  • Innovative approaches and engagement strategies

This training explores how trauma, societal oppression, and gender-based violence contribute to and shape patterns of substance use among young women. Participants will gain insights into the underlying reasons for substance use, intervention strategies, and practical applications, with a strong emphasis on trauma-informed care.

Through case studies, theoretical frameworks, and an anti-oppressive and anti-colonial approach, innovative engagement strategies and clinical approaches are presented. This enhances understanding of the intersection between gender and substance use, enabling effective application in practice. Service providers will develop a comprehensive understanding of the distinct needs of young women who use substances and acquire necessary skills for tailored, trauma-informed support.