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Gender-Informed Overdose

Trauma-informed practice is about ensuring that organizations, programs and direct service
providers develop approaches to care that avoid re-traumatizing people and place priority on
their safety, choice, and control. Trauma-informed services look different depending on the
service setting and organization, but they all:
• Provide welcoming spaces
• Offer choice, voice, and control to all patients/clients accessing services
• Work to create physical, emotional, and cultural safety for everyone, including staff
• Offer opportunities to learn wellness skills and coping skills for managing trauma
• Provide information about the effects of trauma and resources for learning more
about trauma or how to access trauma treatment in the community
• Identify and work with people’s strengths rather than focusing on deficits and
“difficult behavior”