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Women with Trauma and Serious Mental Health Disorders: A Gender-Sensitive Treatment Guide for PTSD, Severe Depression and More

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Lauren Mizock, PhD |  Erika Carr, PhD
6 Hours 30 Minutes
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Oct 22, 2021
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Women’s treatment needs are impacted by gender differences.

And in women with serious mental health conditions (PTSD, major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) traumatic experiences tied to gender and power differentials are often a major component in the development and presentation of their symptoms. From motherhood and family relationships to sexual, racial, ethnic, class, work and religion, these differences encompass every facet of female identity.

But traditional mental health models and training neglect to account for the impacts of female clients intersecting identities on treatment. Clinicians are left struggling to get results, lacking the tools to treat this population in a non-pathologizing way.

How can you provide compassionate care that empowers these women in treatment?

Drs. Lauren Mizock and Erika Carr are the authors of Women with Serious Mental Illness: Gender-Sensitive and Recovery-Oriented Care (Oxford University Press, 2021) and co-chairs of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force for Women with Serious Mental Illness.

Watch them for this groundbreaking one-day program as they provide you with a gendersensitive therapy approach so you can more successfully address the issues impacting the treatment of women with mental health issues.

In just one day you’ll get:

  • Practical clinical strategies to meet women’s specific treatment needs
  • Tips on drawing from women’s strengths to overcome mental health challenges
  • Case narratives for easy to follow application
  • Tools that enhance daily functioning and self-determination
  • Guidance on empowering women on the complex paths to recovery

Don’t miss this one of a kind training!

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This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Lauren Mizock, PhD's Profile

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Lauren Mizock, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice as well as core faculty in the clinical psychology PhD program at Fielding Graduate University and director of the social justice and diversity concentration. Dr. Mizock is on the executive committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA) and co-chairs the Women with Serious Mental Illness Committee and Motherhood Committee. She is the co-author of Women with Serious Mental Illness: Gender-Sensitive and Recovery-Oriented Care (Oxford University Press, 2021), Acceptance of Mental Illness: Promoting Recovery among Culturally Diverse Groups (Oxford University Press, 2016) and Researcher Race: Social Constructions in the Research Process (Information Age Publishing 2012), in addition to over 60 publications. Dr. Mizock’s research and clinical interests are in cultural competence in teaching and clinical practice, mental illness, women’s mental health, and transgender and gender diverse populations.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Lauren Mizock maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with Fielding Graduate University. She receives royalties as a published author. Lauren Mizock receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Lauren Mizock serves on the editorial board for Psychological Services (APA journal), the Women and Therapy, and the Journal of Pedagogy of the Human Services. She is a member of the APA.

Erika Carr, PhD Related seminars and products

Erika Carr, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and associate professor in the department of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine. She also serves as director of the inpatient psychology service at Connecticut Mental Health Center in New Haven, CT. Dr. Carr is the co-author of Women with Serious Mental Illness: Gender-Sensitive and Recovery-Oriented Care (Oxford University Press, 2021) and the chair of the Task Force for Women who Experience Serious Mental Illness in the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Carr has a particular interest in women who experience serious mental illness, as evident by her focus on women’s issues and recovery-oriented care. Dr. Carr directs the psychology service at her institution for an inpatient psychiatric unit and specifically focuses on providing training experiences for psychology fellows from a recovery-oriented perspective so as to help empower the individuals they serve, mitigating the impact of stigma and oppression, and partnering in the recovery journeys of individuals who experience serious mental illness as they build lives of meaning as they so define.

Speaker Disclosure:

Financial: Erika Carr is an associate professor at the Yale University School of Medicine. She serves as the director of the Inpatient Psychology Service at Connecticut Mental Health Center. Dr. Carr is an author and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Erika Carr has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


  1. Evaluate research examining potential gender and sex-based contributors to serious mental health conditions in women.
  2. Investigate the implications of sexual trauma on the diagnosis and treatment of women.
  3. Apply treatment strategies with an evidence-base for women with PTSD and serious mental health disorders.
  4. Incorporate a trauma-informed care approach that takes the unique needs and nuances of women into account.
  5. Apply clinical strategies to promote a culturally sensitive, intersectional clinical practice with women with serious mental health issues.
  6. Use case studies to guide you in applying a gender-sensitive lens in treatment with women from a variety of backgrounds.


Unique Issues Impacting Women with Mental Illness
  • How sexual trauma poses a unique risk to women’s mental health
  • Sanctuary trauma in treatment settings
  • Motherhood, family and relationships
  • Work and financial challenges
  • Research limitations, potential risks, and future directions in research and treatment
Best Practices for Providing Culturally Sensitive Treatment with Respect to:
  • Race/ethnicity
  • Sexuality (LGBQIA)
  • Gender diversity (transgender and nonbinary people)
  • Class and socioeconomic status
  • Spirituality and religion
Maximize Self-Determination and Empowerment:
A How to Guide on Employing Gender Responsive Treatment Models in Your Practice
  • Concrete tools for recovery-oriented care
  • Interventions guided by the needs and nuances of women
  • Incorporate a gender-sensitive lens to inform evidence-based interventions
  • What is trauma-informed care for women experiencing PTSD?
  • How to interweave a trauma-informed care perspective
PTSD, Severe Depression and Other Serious Mental Health Disorders:
Tools to Enhance Your Clinical Treatment of Female Clients
  • Case studies and interview excerpts
  • Enhance self-growth - worksheets to complete with clients
  • Treatment strategies with an evidence-base for women with PTSD and serious mental illnesses
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Applying a gender-responsive and intersectional framework
  • Scales/inventories for clinical use
Experiential Learning Activities and Treatment Planning
  • Self-assessment for clinical practice – where you can grow?
  • Holistic perspective activity – why clinicians need to understand the history of mistreatment of women with mental illness?
  • How a gender-responsive approach differs from treatment as usual
  • Treatment planning exercise – conceptualize treatment from a gender-responsive lens
Putting it All Together: Case Studies
  • “Raya,” an African American, 30-year-old, bisexual woman with schizophrenia, physical disabilities and history of sexual trauma
  • “Emmie,” a 50-year-old, heterosexual Asian American woman and mother who has struggled with severe depression and suicidality throughout her life
  • “Kris” a White American queer-identified person assigned female at birth in their 40s with bipolar disorder

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurse Practitioners


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