About this issue

We have compelling evidence that women’s substance use is linked to their experiences of trauma and violence. Yet service providers and policy makers have not always acted on these known connections. Anti-violence service providers, substance use treatment services, other women-serving agencies and decision makers are now finding ways to respond with policies and programs that integrate support on both issues.

Based on the findings of a one-year research project (2010-2011) to learn more about trauma-informed approaches in Canada, this site provides an overview of key issues and themes in practice and policy, highlights promising practices, and tensions. It also provides links to recommended readings, curricula and training resources, and web resources for working with women, understanding the connections between substance use, mental health and trauma, and strategies for developing trauma-informed practices and services.

   

Trauma-Informed Care in Canada

Interested in learning more about trauma-informed approaches to care in Canada?

Click here to learn more about the history of trauma-informed care and how service providers are assisting women with trauma-related mental health, substance use and violence concerns.

   

Connecting Substance Use, Mental Health and Trauma

Would you like to gain a better understanding of the connections between experiences of trauma and violence, mental health and substance use?

Click here to learn more about recent research demonstrating the connections between substance use, mental health, and trauma.

   

Developing Trauma-Informed Practices

Do you provide support or treatment for women?

Click here to learn more about developing and incorporating trauma-informed practices into your work.

   

Developing Trauma-Informed Services

Involved with program development and organizational change?

Click here to learn more about developing trauma-informed services.

 

 
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