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Women and Stimulant Use ECHO Series

Women Stimulant Series



Women and Stimulant Use Project ECHO Series

This series will utilize a Project ECHO format to provide case-based learning and consultation for substance use and other health care providers working with women who use stimulants. Using the Zoom videoconferencing platform, providers will be able to connect directly with leading experts in the field to build their capacity to provide evidence-based care. Each 90-minute session will include a brief didactic presentation and an interactive discussion on two de-identified client cases. 


10/2/2019: Stimulant Use: Current Trends and the Impact on the User's Brain and Body 

Beth Rutkowski, MPH, Director of Training, UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs; Co-Director, Pacific Southwest ATTC

This presentation will describe the local and national scope of stimulants (cocaine and methamphetamine). The mental health and physical health consequences of stimulant use will be presented, including information on the impact of stimulant use on the brain and cognition.



  1. Describe the patterns and trends of stimulant use, both locally and nationally.
  2. Describe the mechanism of action of methamphetamine and cocaine.
  3. List at least three short-term and three long-term effects of stimulant use.


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10/16/2019: Women and Stimulant Use: Healthy Steps to Freedom 

Anne Lindsay, PhD, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, University of Nevada, Reno

This presentation will address core issues that are unique to female SUD treatment clients in comparison to their male counterparts regarding weight and energy as a driving mechanism to use, triggers for relapse, trends in drug use for women and the complexity of health-related complications and psychosocial needs, prescription medication and over-the-counter drug manipulation.



  1. Recognize gender differences related to substance use/misuse 
  2. Describe triggers and methods for relapse prevention unique to women


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10/30/2019: Mamas, Munchkins, and Methamphetamines

Marcela Smid, MD, MA, M.S,, Assistant Professor of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, University of Utah Health

This presentation will address the impact of methamphetamine use during pregnancy on maternal and fetal outcomes. It will also cover current evidence to assist in treatment of women using methamphetamine during pregnancy.  



  1. Overview of evidence-based interventions for pregnant women using methamphetamines. 
  2. Discuss perinatal impact of methamphetamine use including maternal, fetal, and infant outcomes.

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11/13/2019: Stimulant Use: Responses by the Parenting in Recovery/ Family Drug Treatment Court program

Michelle Kimbrough, LCSW, Parenting in Recovery/ Family Drug Treatment Court Services Manager, Travis County Health and Human Services

This presentation will describe the Parenting in Recovery/ Family Drug Treatment Court (PIR/FDTC) program’s intervention with parents who are involved with Child Protective Services and the civil court system due to problematic use of stimulants.  The presentation will explore best practices for family drug courts and the lessons learned by this program in doing this work.  Additionally, how the program has grown through participant feedback and community collaboration will be discussed.



  1. Describe best practices for a Family Drug Court and application of this intervention with the Travis County community
  2. Provide information on how treatment for substance use disorder and strengthening the parent-child bond both occur through use of residential programs for women and children.
  3. Detail evolution of the program over time due to lessons learned and participant feedback.


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12/4/2019: Recovery Supports: Expanding Recovery Capital

LaNisha Jiles, PSS, TOC, PRSS, Lead Peer Recovery Support Specialist, Recovery Support Services, Santa Maria Hostel, Inc

Guillerma L Gonzales, Recovery Coach, Rural Counties Initiative

A conversation with experienced peer recovery coaches regarding the values, principles and strategies of effective peer support for women facing challenges with stimulant use.



  1. Describe the key recovery principles that support effective peer services for women who use stimulants.
  2. Describe strategies for peer support that successfully build recovery capital for women who use stimulants.
  3. Describe strategies for peer support that successfully address the challenges of working in a rural community.


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