Free seminar in London addressing substance use and trauma for women

Practitioners working in substance misuse services are invited to attend a free seminar on the 18 June to discuss treatment responses for women with trauma symptoms and problematic substance use. The seminar will be held in London, in conjunction with Against Violence and Abuse and King’s College London. More details of speakers and booking can be found here.

Among the speakers will be Karen Bailey who has just completed her PhD at King’s College London. She will discuss her study, which was the first of its kind in the UK to assess the feasibility of delivering an international evidence-based group work programme aimed at women with PTSD symptoms and problematic substance use.

The feasibility study involved 2 cycles of a 12-session group of Seeking Safety delivered twice weekly with two facilitators. The study aimed to answer uncertainties about delivering the  programme in a UK substance misuse service:

  • Could women be retained in the group and study?
  • Did participants and facilitators find the material and group structure acceptable and feasible?
  • Were the facilitators able to deliver the manual as anticipated?
  • What service and environmental factors impacted on the group delivery and women’s recovery?

Come along and hear more about the findings of Karen’s study,  and hear from other speakers from South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, Against Violence and Abuse, and Women and Girl’s Network.