Becoming Trauma Informed: A Core Value in Services for Women

  • With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on women’s lives, social service providers are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings.  There is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on heath, mental health and behavior.  While research and clinical experience indicate a high incidence of trauma and co-occurring disorders in women’s lives, community professionals often struggle with the realities of providing effective, integrated, and trauma-informed services.  This workshop discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-informed, as well as explaining the differences between trauma-informed and trauma-specific.  Recommendations for trauma-specific interventions are also included in this presentation.


    • Levels of violence
    • Process of trauma
    • Becoming trauma-informed
    • Vicarious trauma
    • Best practices