Publications: Trauma, Violence & Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Practice Resources

TIGI Trauma Informed resource imageSelection of trauma-informed treatment-related resources and curricula. Some focus solely on trauma-informed practices; others incorporate elements of both trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches.

One of 3 resources on trauma, gender, and substance use made possible by funding from Health Canada.

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Gender Transformative Resources

TIGI Gender Transformative resource imageOverview of gender transformative resources compiled in 2016.

One of 3 resources focusing on gender, trauma and substance use. Made possible by funding from Health Canada.

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Women, Girls and Prescription Medication – Report

CrismCover This report describes research about the use of prescription pain medications by girls and women, focussing on the links to experiences of trauma and chronic pain. The goal of the research was to provide a foundation for identifying program and policy issues and research questions. The project involved: 1) a scoping review on sex and gender based risks, issues, and treatment considerations; 2) an environmental scan involving treatment providers, practitioners, community advocates, researchers, policy makers and medical school instructors to identify priority research and practice issues, and 3) consultations to identify key issues, priorities and recommendations. The research was funded by the CIHR.  

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Repairing the Holes in the Net: Research Summary

RTN SummaryRepairing the Holes in the Net was a 2 year research and system change initiative to improve policy and practice related to care and support for northern women experiencing homelessness, mental health and substance use concerns.

In each of the capital cities of Canada’s three northern territories − Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Iqaluit − a group of researchers, health care and social service providers, community advocates, and policy makers met monthly to share, learn and collaborate.

This booklet describes how the project participants (who came from diverse government departments and service agencies and included sectors such as addictions, mental health, primary health care, justice, housing, police, income support, child protection, shelters and women’s advocacy) worked to find ways to understand the complexity of homelessness and make shifts in whole systems of service delivery.

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What are the Effects of Trauma? – Infographic

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This poster is designed to promote awareness of the effects of trauma in a user friendly way.  Trauma awareness is one of the key principles of trauma-informed practice. This poster has been created in collaboration with the Knowledge Exchange Leads working in mental health and substance use system of care in BC.  Many other types of services, in BC and beyond, working to be become trauma-informed have expressed interest in this poster, and all are welcome to use it.

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Harm Reduction and Pregnancy: Community-based Approached to Prenatal Substance Use in Western Canada

HReduction and Preg Booklet.2015_web_coverThis resource was developed following a panel held at the HerWay Home Community Conference on September 29, 2014. The conference was generously supported by the Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island.
This resource provides a short introduction to harm reduction approaches during pregnancy and uses examples from programs across Canada that work with pregnant women and new mothers to illustrate harm reduction ‘in action’.

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Trauma Informed Practice Guide

Trauma Informed Practice Guide cvrEmily Arthur, Amanda Seymour, Michelle Dartnall, Paula Beltgens, Nancy Poole, Diane Smylie, Naomi North, and Rose Schmidt
Initial draft authors: Cristine Urquhart and Fran Jasiura of Change Talk Associates
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health; BC Ministry of Health, Mental Health and Substance Use Branch; and Vancouver Isl
and Health Authority, Youth and Family Substance Use Services, 2013

The Trauma-Informed Practice (TIP) Guide was developed collaboratively to support the application of trauma-informed principles into practice and policy, by clinics, agencies and groups assisting clients with mental health and substance use concerns in British Columbia.

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Research Summary: Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services

Research Summary-Integrating Tobacco Cessation Interventions Into Mental Health, Substance Use and Anti-Violence Services British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2011

Between April 2010 and March 2011, researchers at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, in collaboration with community partners, conducted a study on the feasibility of integrating tobacco treatment and support within mental health, addictions and sexual violence services, in a gender informed way.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.2): Girl-Centred Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Girl Centred cvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores four topics related to young women’s substance use: 1) patterns and trends in young women’s use, 2) sex differences in the health consequences of use, 3) gendered influences on substance use, and 4) examples of gender-informed and gender-specific programming.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.3): Mothering and Substance Use: Approaches to Prevention, Harm Reduction, and Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Mothering and Substance Use cvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores four topics related to mothers and pregnant women with substance use problems: 1) stigma and public discourse, 2) barriers to treatment, 3) a guiding framework for practice, and 4) examples of Canadian mother-centred programming.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.1): Trauma-informed Approaches in Addictions Treatment

Gendering Nat Framework Trauma Informed Cvr British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores coexisting trauma, mental health and substance use problems experienced by girls and women as well as trauma-informed and trauma-specific approaches. It provides: 1) background to the issues, 2) core approaches to providing multi-level support, 3) examples of Canadian promising practices in action.

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Gendering the National Framework Series (Vol.4): Women-Centred Harm Reduction

Gendering Na tFramework Women centred Harm Reduction CvrBritish Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health (BCCEWH) in partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and the Universities of Saskatchewan and South Australia, 2010

This discussion guide explores bringing a gender-based analysis to harm reduction strategies. It 1) introduce some of the intersecting components of harm reduction and health determinants, such as violence and trauma and pregnancy and mothering, 2) highlights the key ways that these elements interact to influence women’s substance use experiences, 3) provides examples of Canadian women-centred harm reduction programs.

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Demonstrating Progress: Innovations in Women’s Mental Health

Demonstrating Progress smMarina Morrow
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

This report describes four innovative mental health demonstration projects designed specifically for women with chronic and persistent mental health problems in four different communities in British Columbia.

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Mainstreaming Women’s Mental Health: Building a Canadian Strategy

Mainstreaming Womens MentalHealth cvrMarina Morrow
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

Evidence shows that certain mental illnesses are more prevalent in women, that women utilize mental health services more frequently than men do, and that women would like a wider range of treatment and support options than is currently available. This report outlines the need for both provincial and national health strategies to address the issues distinct to women’s mental health.

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Manufacturing Addiction: The Over-Prescription of Benzodiazepines and Sleeping Pills to Women in Canada

Manufacturing Addictions cvrJanet C. Currie
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

This report describes benzodiazepines, prescribing rates and practices, and their effect on women in Canada. Based on this information, recommendations are made regarding policy and intervention strategies to address the effects of benzodiazepines and sleeping pills on women, families and society in Canada.

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Reasonable Doubt The Use of Health Records in Legal Cases of Violence Against Women in Relationships

Reasonable Doubt cvrBC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2003

The purpose of this study was to undertake a preliminary examination of the use of health records in criminal and civil cases involving violence against women in relationships.

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Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with a Serious Mental Illness: Current Practices in Service Provision in British Columbia

Violence and Trauma in the Lives of Women with Mental Illness cvr
Marina Morrow, 2002

This paper documents practice in five mental health care settings with respect to the provision of services to women diagnosed with mental illnesses who are survivors of trauma.

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In the Absence of Consent: Sexual Assault, Unconsciousness and Forensic Evidence

In the Absence of Consent cvrPatricia Lee
British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 2001

This background report serves to assist sexual assault services in British Columbia in developing informed and thoughtful policy on the complex issue of consent to collect forensic evidence from an unconscious patient/victim who has been sexually assaulted.

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Hearing Women’s Voices: Mental Health Care for Women

Hearing Voices cvr
Marina Morrow with Monika Chappell
The British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health, 1999

This multi-level study into the experience of mental health care for women in BC ranges in scope from the voices of consumers to policy makers and includes recommendations for change throughout the system.

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