Having initiated gender-specific programming in its residential treatment services earlier this year, the Center for Dependency, Addiction and Rehabilitation (CeDAR) at University of Colorado Hospital now will be hosting a women’s treatment conference that it hopes to offer as an annual event.
“Women with Addiction: Innovations, Issues & Alternatives” will take place Oct. 13 and 14 in downtown Denver, featuring keynote speakers with expertise in women’s substance use, trauma, mental health and eating disorders issues. CeDAR business development supervisor Rollie Fisher says the organization is gearing for 125 attendees for its inaugural women’s conference.
CeDAR in March launched a gender-specific programming focus and hired two additional female counselors for its 20-bed women’s cottage; it operates a separate 30-bed facility for men. “Females are only assigned female counselors,” says Fisher.
The organization now tailors its process groups and its therapeutic services in areas such as coping skills to the gender-specific needs of its clients. Fisher adds that CeDAR still encourages opportunities for safe interaction between male and female clients at the center as well.
Keynote speakers for next month’s conference are nationally known author and trainer Claudia Black, PhD; Doris Gunderson, MD, medical director of the Colorado Physicians Health Program; Tian Dayton, PhD, who will discuss relationship trauma repair; and Kenneth Weiner, MD, an authority on the intersection of eating disorders and substance abuse.