Why Gender Matters: Creating Trauma and Addiction Services for Women and Men

Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
The Crestview Country Club
Agawam, MA

Twyla J. Peterson Wilson, LCSW

 "I have known Twyla for over 20 years and selected her to be one of my training associates for a variety of reasons.  She cares deeply about providing the best possible care, she is personable and very professional, and she has served as both a clinician and a program director.  Twyla always receives rave reviews from those who attend her trainings and they always want her to return."

-Stephanie Covington, MSW, PhD 

Author of  Women and Addiction: A Gender-Responsive Approach,
A Woman's Way through The Twelve Steps and its companion workbook,  and
Awakening Your Sexuality: A Guide for Recovering Women

With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma on people’s lives, mental health 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 and men’s lives, community professionals often struggle with the realities of providing effective, integrated, and trauma-informed services.  This training discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-informed, as well as offers recommendations for trauma-specific interventions.  It focuses on the three core elements that both staff and clients need: an understanding of what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values) and the outer self (behavior and relationships).  In addition, it provides a discussion and demonstration of interventions based on three gender-specific curricula, Helping Women Recover, Helping Men Recover, and Healing Trauma, which are designed for use in a variety of settings.  Examples of coping skills, grounding exercises, and interactive exercises are provided that can be incorporated into work with women and men.  

Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Define trauma and trauma-specific services.
  2. Define trauma-informed services and the five core values.
  3. Understand the role of gender socialization and its implications for treatment approaches.
  4. Describe several evidence-based and gender-specific curricula.
  5. Implement several gender-specific interventions. 

Twyla P. Wilson, LCSW,  is a psychotherapist in private practice.  Drawing on the work of mentor Dr. Stephanie Covington, her practice emphasizes compassionate, holistic treatment of women with addictive disease.  As a certified national trainer for Dr. Covington, Twyla trains professionals on gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment for women.  Prior to private practice, she was a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center in the Departments of Psychiatry and Social Work.  At Duke, she started a women’s addiction treatment program.  Twyla has an MSW from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a BS in Family Relations from the University of Minnesota.

Any questions? Please call 802-258-4359