Trauma-Informed - General

Nutrition, Food Security & Support: Women & Stimulant Use in Rural Areas for SNAP-Ed Implementers

Stimulant use has been prevalent in the western US for decades and remains higher in rural communities than in metropolitan areas. For women, stimulant use tends to accelerate more quickly, leading to severe physical and emotional problems, and makes seeking help difficult, especially in rural areas. SNAP-Ed implementers are in a unique role as they regularly encounter women needing/receiving substance use treatment services and those in recovery. As such, understanding the impact of stimulant use on women and how to provide strength-based and trauma-informed approaches that promote recovery are important, especially since recovering from stimulant use is a complex process. Consequently, increasing the knowledge and skills of SNAP-Ed implementers regarding substance use and recovery will strengthen their connection with rural women as they continue their paths to health and wellness. This course was developed in partnership with funding provided by the Pacific Southwest Rural Opioid Technical Assistance Regional Center (ROTA-R).

This self-paced course will take about 7 hours to complete.
  • 0: Course Launch (~10 mins)
  • Course Syllabus
  • Optional Demo - How to Use Talent LMS (4m)
  • Gentle Reminder: Take Care of Yourself
  • Funding Statement
  • 1: Welcome and Introduction (~30 mins)
  • Section 1 Overview
  • Introduction to CASAT and ROTA-R (5 mins)
  • Population Overview (14 mins)
  • Stigma as a Barrier (11 mins)
  • 2: Prevalence and Impact of Stimulant Use in Rural Settings (~2 hrs)
  • Section 2 Overview
  • Introduction: Beth A. Rutkowski, MPH (2 mins)
  • The Scope of Stimulant Use in the United States and Beyond (16 mins)
  • Reflection: Prevalence of Stimulant Use Disorder
  • Stimulants: What Are We Talking About? (5 mins)
  • The Impact of Stimulants on the Brain and Body (19 mins)
  • Acute and Chronic Effects of Stimulants (18 mins)
  • Reflection: The Appeal of Stimulants
  • Cognitive and Memory Effects of Stimulant Use (10 mins)
  • Treatment Considerations and Recovery... (23 mins)
  • 3: Gender-Responsive Strategies to Stimulant Use in Nutrition Education (~2.5hr)
  • Section 3 Overview
  • Introduction: Anne R. Lindsay, PhD, FACSM (3 mins)
  • The Role of Nutrition and Physical Activity in Early Intervention (10 mins)
  • Nutrition and Recovery: Focus on Nutrients (14 mins)
  • Physical Activity and Mental Health (9 mins)
  • Reflection: The Role of Nutrition and Physical Activity in Recovery
  • Healthy Steps to Freedom: Meet Michelle (3 mins)
  • Recovery Challenges Unique to Women (10 mins)
  • Reflection: Women in Recovery
  • Healthy Steps to Freedom: Meet Juliette (3 mins)
  • Body Dissatisfaction (14 mins)
  • Healthy Steps to Freedom: Meet Ashley (1 mins)
  • Dieting and Substance Use (22 mins)
  • Reflection: Women in Recovery and Dieting Concerns
  • Healthy Steps to Freedom: Meet Jade (4 mins)
  • Considering Our Response (10 mins)
  • 4: SNAP-Ed Implementation Conversation (30 Mins)
  • Section 4 Overview
  • Recovery Settings (5 mins)
  • Opportunities in In-Patient Settings (4 mins)
  • Opportunities in Community Settings (5 mins)
  • Reflection: Taking a Universal Precaution Approach with PSEs in SNAP-Ed
  • Addressing Sugar Sweetened Beverages (4 mins)
  • Listening and Reframing (5 mins)
  • Triggers (6 mins)
  • Reflection: Avoiding Triggers
  • Today's Dietitian article by Alyssa Salz, MS, RD, LD
  • 5: Trauma-Informed Nutrition Education for Recovery Settings (~1.5 hrs)
  • Section 5 Overview
  • Introduction (10 mins)
  • Part 1: An Introduction to a Trauma-Informed Approach (20 mins)
  • Handout: Trauma-Informed Program Model
  • Part 2: Trauma, Addiction, and Nourishment (13 mins)
  • Activity: Meaning of Food in Life Questionnaire & Reflection
  • Part 3: Recovery, Resilience, and Nourishment (20 mins)
  • PS ROTA-R Course Evaluation
  • Leah's Pantry Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certificate with a duration: Forever