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Addressing Perinatal Substance Use: How to Optimize Real Life Conversations During Clinical Interactions

December 28, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Join the Colorado Substance Exposed Newborns Steering Committee‘s Provider Education Work Group and Colorado Perinatal Care Quality Collaborative for a series focused on equipping providers with the knowledge and tools to engage in trauma-informed communication and care with individuals impacted by substance use and pregnancy.

This is the final session in the series. If you have not already done so, you can register for the other sessions in the series at the following links:

Session 2: 12/15 @ 12-1 pm MT | Substance Use in Pregnancy: Fostering an Open Dialogue


This session will provide participants with practical tools for optimizing brief clinical interactions with individuals impacted by perinatal substance use in a trauma-informed, non-stigmatizing way. It will address motivational interviewing, attending skills (including the importance of body language and volume/tone of voice), and the LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner) approach. The session will also offer guidance on how to assess a patient’s readiness for change and how to approach conversations about substance exposure that has not been disclosed but is important to clinical care of the patient.

The session will include an individual with lived experience’s reflections on why trauma-informed communication and care is so important and a presentation by Darce DeWitt, BHT, MA, RP, EMDR-T, PsyD Candidate.



December 28, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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