DSW Candidate – Yolanda Ross, LCSW-S/LCDC,10:30 AM – 11:45AM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

Opioid Dependency Among Pregnant Women: The Need To Explore Gender-Responsive Treatment

DSW Candidate – Yolanda Ross, LCSW-S/LCDC

Monday, April 22, 2024

10:30 AM – 11:45AM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


Opioid Dependency Among Pregnant Women: The Need To Explore Gender-Responsive Treatment

Due to the growing opioid crisis in the United States, this has led to one of the most significant public health and public safety concerns, particularly among pregnant women. Research shows due to the over-prescription of opioid pain medication, along with the rising prevalence of heroin and synthetic fentanyl use, this phenomenon has greatly contributed to the alarming increase of opioid use disorders (OUDs) among this population. As a result, pregnant women with an opioid use disorder (OUD) often face numerous barriers when seeking prenatal care and substance use treatment.

In addition, studies have indicated that infants are at a higher risk of developing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) when women use opioids during pregnancy. This capstone presentation offers a comprehensive overview regarding the various barriers that impede this population from receiving essential prenatal care and services. Furthermore, this presentation will explore how the Reproductive Justice framework and Black Feminist theory can provide a holistic approach that prioritizes a gender-responsive model. Finally, this presentation will highlight the importance of a workshop that emphasizes integrative and interdisciplinary approaches for providing evidence-based care to pregnant and parenting women with OUD.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will identify and address the various systemic and interpersonal barriers among pregnant opioid-dependent women.
  2. Participants will examine how the Reproductive Justice framework and Black Feminist theory may assist in developing practical solutions that prioritize a continuum of care that is based on best practices for this vulnerable population.
  3. Participants will engage in interactive teaching sessions that promotes informative discussions among various stakeholders regarding health equity, perceived stigma, and inequalities that impacts pregnant women with an opioid use disorder (OUD).

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.

Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.