VIRTUAL TRAININGS: From Gender Responsive Treatment to Correctional Opioid Treatment

Published On: May 7th, 2021Categories: News, Spectrum Corrections

Addiction doesn’t discriminate. It affects every community imaginable. More than 23 million US adults struggle with substance use disorders (SUDs) and in Massachusetts, over half of adults continue to battle this disease — which is why we established Spectrum’s training, technical assistance and consulting group several years ago to help raise public awareness and enhance professional training for behavioral health providers across the Commonwealth.

This Spring, in partnership with Boston Medical Center’s Office Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Training and Technical Assistance (TTA), we are offering free, virtual courses covering a variety of topics, from gender responsive training to trauma informed care. Continuing education credits are available to medical and clinical professionals working in the field.

Check out our upcoming sessions and register today!

Women’s Treatment Needs and Gender Responsive Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder

May 7 at 11am EST

Register here.

Participants will learn more about how to manage and treat female patients in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) setting, including: How to identify the different pathways in which women may enter the OTP setting, how to recognize comprehensive health care services that take into account gender-specific needs, strategies to accommodate women who have dependents, and strategies to address issues associated with trauma and violence experienced by women in treatment.

The session will be conducted by Miriam Harris MD, MSc of Boston Medical Center. This session is great for doctors, nurses, and social workers looking to expand their knowledge!

Transgender Responsive Care for Opioid Treatment

May 11 at 1pm EST

May 21 at 11am EST

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This session will teach participants about treating patients who identify as transgender or nonbinary in the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) setting. Objectives include recognizing correct gender terminology, summarizing the prevalence of substance use disorders among transgender individuals, identifying barriers to health care access, and describing ways to make clinical environments welcoming for transgender individuals. Conducted by Annie Potter and Pamela Klein of Boston Medical Center.

Opioid Treatment in a Correctional Setting

May 25 at 1pm EST

June 6 at 11am EST

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In learning about the collaboration of care between correctional settings and the Opioid Treatment Program (OTP), participants will describe: the use of medications for opioid use disorder within corrections facilities, the challenges related to transitioning patients back into the community, and recommendations to improve linkage between correctional facilities and community programming.

Led by Dr. Sharif Nankoe, our Medical Director of Corrections and Lisa Blanchard, VP of Clinical Services. This session is recommended for all OTP and OBAT staff providing treatment for substance use disorders in Massachusetts.

Our training, technical assistance and consulting group provides customized education and training services for healthcare providers, municipalities, and public sector agencies. With informational sessions ranging from a half-day to full-day and multi-day options, we’ll work with you to provide the best training opportunities for your professionals working in the field. Offerings include interactive presentations, experiential and skill-building exercises, observations and technical assistance, all tailored to the needs of your target audience. Many also include continuing education credits.

For more information, visit and contact us today!

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