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About The CWC
Participants & Attendees
The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (CWC) is a driving force in the education and training of the behavioral health community. Working collaboratively with nonprofits, state departments, and providers, we are committed to making sure that those providing care have the tools and support they need. We promote trauma-informed, gender-responsive care as a best practice that values understanding, empowerment, and safety for women and men struggling with behavioral health issues
such as mental illness, addiction, and poverty.
2016 Founding Presidents Award from the Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame
2017 EMDR Hap's, Center of Excellence
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Addiction • Mental Health • Treatment • Recovery
Men & Women • Social Workers • Clinicians • Counselors & Therapists • Peer Professionals
Students • Nonprofits • For-profit Providers • Community Services • Hospitals & Physicians
Mental Health & Addiction Agencies • Criminal Justice • Schools • State Departments
Why Behavioral Health, Trauma & Gender?
Behavioral Health is the intersection of emotion, biology and behaviors related to wellness, health, and illness. While oftentimes used interchangeably for mental health, the field encompasses a much broader range of ideas, as it also includes many different behaviors and experiences that can impact mental health such as addiction, eating habits, homelessness or high amounts of traumatic stress.
Trauma is extreme stress that overwhelms an individual's ability to cope; some examples of experiences that can lead to trauma include violence, sexual abuse, natural disaster, or verbal abuse. Experiencing trauma is linked to higher rates of substance use, mental health problems, disease, violence, abuse, and suicide. Training clinicians and therapists in models that treat trauma is part of what the Connecticut Women's Consortium (CWC) offers in our training catalog.
However, to truly address trauma in support services such as corrections, juvenile justice, mental health agencies, and addiction treatment where individuals have often experienced higher rates of trauma requires a cultural shift and more general education. The CWC trains anyone with an interest in understanding the effects and impact of trauma and trauma-informed care. Programs that are safe, welcoming, and engaging keep clients from walking away and staff from feeling unsafe.
Including gender in programming simply promotes practices that recognize and reflect the effects of gender on a person’s experiences. Historically, many programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous or criminal justice programs were studied and designed with men and then applied to women. This continues on today, as many don't realize the research or program they are using was not designed for the people they're serving. The reality is women, men, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community experience very different barriers, inequality, stigma, traumas, and life experiences that should be reflected in the services and therapeutic treatment they receive.
Some practices considered gender-responsive include child care, spaces for nursing mothers, choice of physician during drug/urine testing, men’s grooming products, and gender-neutral bathrooms for transgender clients.
Behavioral Health Resources
Trauma Matters Newsletter
Since 2002, the Trauma Matters newsletter has provided information about trauma and trauma-informed care by examining best practices and efforts in behavioral health. Learn More
The Connecticut Trauma Services Directory was created to identify agencies that deliver trauma services via group and individual therapy in Connecticut. Learn More
Trauma & Gender
Trauma-informed, gender-responsive best practices come from experience. We share some ideas from experts and agencies making the transition.
TAG promotes best practices in trauma-informed, gender-responsive behavioral health care in Connecticut by providing best practices, recommendations, tools, trainings, national/local experts and networking opportunities.
Women & Childrens
The Women and Children's Trauma and Gender Project (WC-TAG) provides training and technical assistance on trauma-informed, gender-responsive systems change to four agencies with mental health or co-occurring programs serving women or women and children.
Women’s Services Practice Improvement Collaborative is a partnership of the Connecticut Women's Consortium, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and women's specialty service providers.
We offer education and training on gender and trauma-informed care
to the community and clinicians in the behavioral health field.
We do not offer Counseling or Therapy but these Resources Might Help
Call Connecticut 211. to find local services and get help today.
Monday – Friday
8:00AM – 4:30PM
Phone (203) 909 - 6888
Training Staff x 2
Weather Closures & Delays x 1
Fax (203) 909 - 6894
Community Project Coordinator
Email | Phone x34
Email | Phone x 26
Administrative Training Coordinator
Email | Phone x30
Administrative Training Specialist
Email | Phone x 29
Director of Education & Training
Email | Phone x 17
Administrative Training Specialist
Email | Phone x 28
Always check your event location as some larger and private events are offsite or subject to change.
Hamden Center II, 2321 Whitney Avenue, Suite 401, Hamden, CT 06518
The CWC is in an office complex and plaza at the cross-section of Dixwell and Whitney Avenue. Businesses in the front of the plaza include Mickey Restaurant & Freskos. There are multiple entrances to the
complex on Dixwell and Whitney.
Handicap parking is in front of the building. However, all other visitors must park in the free parking garage. Parking in front of the building is for the retail businesses only. Do not park in this area.
The CWC is located on the 4th Floor and now the 2nd Floor of Hamden Center II. Please check your training listing. Our entrances have peach colored walls.