Gender-Responsive Services: A Focus on the Treatment Needs of Chemically Dependent Men and Women

Mark Sanders, LCSW, CADC

In this workshop you will learn strategies for working more effectively with men and women with addictions and other behavioral health challenges.

A partial list of topics includes: addressing core issues for male clients, including difficulty expressing feelings, toxic masculinity, and the shield of armor; fear of failure, difficulty with intimacy, and the narrow definition of manhood; addressing resistance to counseling when working with male clients; how to provide gender-responsive services for women; critical areas to focus on in women's treatment; approaches to addictions and trauma recovery with women; strategies for increasing gender competence on the individual and programmatic levels; and viewing countertransference as a gift when counseling men and women with substance use disorders.