Best Practices for Your Agency

Trauma -Informed, Gender-Responsive

Trauma-informed, gender-responsive best practices come from experience. Below are some ideas from experts and agencies making the transition.


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Welcome Home: Creating Trauma-Informed Spaces

Trauma Groups

We recommend trauma treatment groups should be


•8-12 people

•not in public or open space

•only include group staff and clients in the room or space

•only have new participants enter the program during specific sessions

•gender-specific even in models and curriculums that may not specify this such as Seeking Safety

Empowering Artwork/Advertise Trauma-Informed Care

Empower and inspire clients and staff through peer artwork, bulletin boards, decor and staff feedback boxes. Advertise your trauma-informed, gender-responsive culture with posters, brochures, and materials.

Signage & Literacy

Change written signage to signs with symbols that are understood in many languages and across reading levels. Keep signage welcoming and positive and remove punitive and negative signage.

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Walkthrough of Women, Men or LGBTQ Individuals

At a loss to think of your program in gendered terms? Have a group of all women or men walkthough your space and look at your program, you may be surpised at the different perspectives. Two areas we find with the most differing opinions are bathrooms and the safety of parking lots. 

Choice of Male/Female Staff During Triggering Activities

Give clients a choice of the gender of their clinician, support staff, or doctor specifically during triggering activities like discussing sexual assault, drug testing, or cavity searches during incarceration

Gendered Products & Supplies

Wether your working in a homeless shelter, substance use treatment or office there are many items that can be considered gender-specific or even culturally specific. Some include: artwork & decor, sanitary napkins, barber items, underwear, bras, cologne/perfume, shower & bath items, hair products, bras, underwear, clothing, and hijab to name a few. Take the time to understand what your clients needs are. 

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