Gender Specific Treatment for Women with Substance Use Disorder (SUD)

Gender Specific Treatment for Women with Substance Use Disorder (SUD):

Enhancing the Care Continuum with Evidence-Based Practices, a five-part webinar series

 In partnership with AHCCCS, Health Management Associates invites you to register and join us for a five-part webinar series, Gender Specific Treatment for Women with Substance Use Disorder: Enhancing the Care Continuum with Evidence-Based Practices.

Women with substance use challenges face many social barriers including misperceptions, judgment, and stigma. These experiences can also occur in the process of their seeking treatment including access to gender specific services. It is the aim of these presentations to provide social workers, clinicians and administrators with enhanced awareness, knowledge and skills toward the elimination of health inequities and improved patient experience of care. 



Helen DuPlessis is an accomplished physician executive who brings wide-ranging leadership experience and an array of knowledge about public sector health programs to HMA. Her expertise includes involvement in health care administration for a variety of organizations, program and policy development, practice transformation, public health, maternal and child health programs and policies, substance use disorder treatment and program development, community systems development, performance improvement, and managed care.


Dr. Shannon Robinson is board certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She served as the Chief of Addiction Service for California Correctional Healthcare Services where she was the champion change management agent for administration and line staff while initiating MAT within primary care, assisting with the enhancement of evidence-based prevention interventions, psychosocial treatment and person-centered care throughout California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.


Shelly Virva is a thoughtful and experienced health care leader with more than 20 years’ experience working as a licensed clinical social worker. With a passion for social justice and caring for vulnerable patients, her work has focused on helping those who suffer from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders, pregnant women with substance use disorders and the connection between early life trauma and SUD.


  • Neurobiology and the Chronic Disease Nature of Substance Use Disorder
  • Gender Specific Consideration Regarding Medications for Addition Treatment (MAT) 
  • Harm Reduction: A Must for Women with SUD


  • Gender Specific Considerations in SUD Screening, Assessment and Level of Care Determination
  • Supporting Women with Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Managing Transitions for Women with SUD


  •  Stimulant Used Disorder and its Unique Effects on Women
  •  Everything You Should Know About Toxicology

Special Populations

  • Women in and out of the Criminal Justice System
  • Special Considerations for Pregnant and Parenting Women with SUD


  • Gender Specific Trauma Informed Care
  • Stigma, Myths and Overcoming Barriers to Care for Women with SUD
  • Cultural, Racial and Gender Identities and SUD