2021 Women’s Recovery Conference - Rising Together through Trauma, Grief and Loss

May 5–May 7, 2021 Mental Health

<h3>2021 Women’s Recovery Conference - <i>Rising Together through Trauma, Grief and Loss</i></h3>


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WRC will be a livestream webinar on May 5-7, 2021.

Welcome to the 35th year of the Women’s Recovery Conference where gender-specific care, focusing on the needs of women in recovery and their families, is exclusively presented. One-day, two-day or three-day options are available, designed to assist practitioners who are unable to get away from their practice for more than just one day and who need to receive vital North Carolina updates to inform their practice.

The entire conference is designed to offer providers the tools they need to foster stress resilience, promote collaboration, build trust, and cope with ethical dilemmas, as they maintain clinical excellence and optimize care in an ever-changing environment. This is key information all providers must know to optimize client outcomes and to promote overall women’s health, while sustaining recovery.

Preconference on Wednesday, May 5th
Participants may choose from two all-day sessions appropriate for both new and advanced practitioners:
Tobacco Too: Addressing Tobacco Use in Women with Other Substance Use Disorders
LBGTQ+ Trauma Informed Practice in Recovery: Ethical Care - offering 6 hours of Ethics credit

Main Conference on Thursday, May 6th
Start the day with keynote speaker, Dr. Carol Penn, who will inspire with her presentation: Breath, Movement, and Meaning. It is designed to bring awareness to the impact of “movement as medicine” in healing, while highlighting transformational recovery interventions and offering hope for vibrant health and wellness, in defiance of stagnant conventional paradigms. Dr. Carol A. Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP is doubly Board Certified in Family Medicine and Obesity Medicine as well as being a Master movement, meditation, and mindset coach; she brings more than 40 years of experience and expertise in Mind Body Medicine and the movement sciences.

Thursday continues with a choice between two tracks:
A Year Like No Other: Trends & Impact on Perinatal and Maternal Treatment
Subtitles* include: *Changes and Adaptations to the Perinatal Substance Use Project and Perinatal, Maternal & CASAWORKS for Families Initiatives, *Alcohol Use During the Covid-19 Pandemic and the Potential Impact on Women’s Reproductive Health, *Co-Occurring Mental Health Diagnoses with Psychosis in Pregnancy, and *Treating Polysubstance Use: A Focus on Stimulant Use Disorder in Pregnant and Parenting Women

Dynamic Motivational Techniques in Group Therapy
Women, HIV, Bloodborne Pathogens, and Substance Use Disorders: What Clinicians Need to Know
Authentic Interdependence / Healing Relationships

Main Conference on Friday, May 7th
Begin the day with a special two-part presentation, Update from the State: Women’s SUD Treatment in NC with Starleen Scott-Robbins and Caring for Women and Children: Current and Future Horizons, with Dr. Hendrée Jones. This two-part session offers up-to-date information on legislative updates as well as important information on optimizing outcomes for women, including those who are pregnant or with families in North Carolina, while continuing to provide compassionate care.

After the Opening Presentation, there is a choice of two sessions:
Integrating the Voice of Peer Support Specialists into Clinical Teams
Superwoman Syndrome and Self-Care: Compatible or Not?

Throughout this three-day virtual event, our sincere goal is to provide information, spark rejuvenation, and engender hope for providers serving on the front lines in substance use care for women, during this particularly difficult time – and always.

Vital information for all providers working with women who are impacted by the opioid crisis is embedded within the entire three-day event.


The 2021 Women’s Recovery Conference offers up to 16.5 credit hours. *Please note that sessions will not be recorded, and live online attendance is required to obtain credit. The Preconference session, LBGTQ+ Trauma Informed Practice in Recovery: Ethical Care, offers 6.00 hours of Ethics training if selected. Please click here for details of NCASPPB credits by session.

Please click here for in-depth details about the 2021 Women's Recovery Conference.

Target Audience

Mental health and substance abuse professionals (including substance abuse counselors, social workers, psychologists, marriage and family therapists), nurses, school counselors and other professionals interested in this subject


  • Provide concrete information, insight and treatment skills which may be applied not only to the current opioid crisis, but to all types of substance use recovery as well as process addictions
  • Arm providers with effective and evidence-based behavioral interventions to help women enter recovery, prevent relapse and sustain optimal health in long-term recovery, benefiting women as well as families
  • Reinforce basic tenets of evidence-based care, consistent with SAMHSA guidelines for Addressing Gender-Specific Service Needs of Women with Substance Use Disorders, while concurrently offering skills to assist the provider as they nurture women and families through recovery
  • Remind all providers in attendance of current legislation surrounding mandatory reporting and care of pregnant women
  • Articulate at least three evidence-based transformative modalities of care which foster social, psychological, and physiological well-being in women’s recovery, while reducing relapse risk
  • Describe at least three effective evidence-based strategies which meet gender-specific needs of women with substance use disorders, based on SAMHSA recommendations and/or those published in peer-reviewed journals within the past seven years
  • Explain, in detail, the key components of at least three primary cutting-edge treatment approaches which foster resilience, build trust and increase commitment to individualized therapeutic goals of women in recovery, while optimizing health outcomes
  • Describe at least three evidence-based strategies to optimize provider resilience, while simultaneously fostering resilience of women in recovery. Inherent in this process is a commitment to honor all types of diversity, celebrate individuality and uniqueness, promote authenticity, and foster genuine collaboration, based on truly ethical care for women and families in recovery.


  • Megan J. Canady, MSW, MSPH
  • Glenda S. Clare, PhD, LCAS, LCMHCA
  • Avery Cook, MSW, LCSW
  • Stephanie Gans, LCAS, LCSWA, CTTS
  • Amy C. Hendricks, BS
  • Elisabeth A. Johnson, PhD, FNP-BC
  • Jude A. Johnson-Hostler, MA, LCAS, LCMHC-A
  • Hendree E. Jones, PhD
  • Shari L. Lane, LCMHC, MEd, ADC
  • Jaimie Lea, MPH, IBCLC
  • Sonya Longest, MD
  • Erin McClain, MA, MPH
  • Geri A. Miller, PhD, LP, LCMHC, LCAS
  • Carol A. Penn, DO, MA, ABOM, FACOFP
  • Starleen Scott-Robbins, MSW, LCSW
  • Shannon D. South, LCMHC, ThD
  • Christy Sullivan, MS, LCMHC, LCAS, CCS
  • Megan Williams, MSPH, MSW


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