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Webinar: Making the Connections: Understanding the Impact of the Opioid Epidemic and the Implications for our Work

Nov 19, 2018

In this webinar from the Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, Dr. Carole Warshaw, of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health, and Gwendolyn Packard of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center discuss the intersection between opioid usage and intergenerational trauma.

Their webinar presentation provides an overview of of the opioid epidemic in the context of trauma and domestic violence. Dr. Warshaw and Ms. Packard summarize current research; discuss unique issues facing the people they work with, including the specific concerns of rural, tribal and other cultural communities; and explore the impact on advocates and practitioners. Information provided is aimed at strengthening our response and building our capacity to address the opioid epidemic in our communities.

Gwendolyn Packard (Ihanktonwan Dakota), Training and Technical Assistance Specialist, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, has worked for many years in Indian country, both at the national and tribal level.  She has served as editor for six national Indian publications.  In 1990 she was instrumental in founding the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS). She served as Executive Director for Morning Star House, an advocacy program that works with off reservation Indian women and children who are victims of domestic and sexual violence.  She also served as Executive Director of the NM Suicide Prevention Coalition, and is founder and Co-Chair of Rain Cloud, the off reservation behavioral health collaborative in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She is a survivor of domestic violence, a writer, a grass roots organizer and community activist.  She has made a commitment to social change in working to address social and economic justice issues that affect the health and well-being of Indian people as documented in her work experience.

Carole Warshaw, M.D., is the Director of the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health. Dr. Warshaw has been at the forefront of developing collaborative models and building system capacity to address the mental health, substance use and advocacy concerns of survivors of DV and other trauma, and to create accessible, culturally responsive, domestic violence- and trauma-informed services and organizations. She has written and spoken extensively on these topics both nationally and internationally and has served as an advisor to numerous health, mental health and advocacy organizations and federal agencies. Dr. Warshaw has maintained a private practice in psychiatry since 1989 and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois.