This guide was created by the National Center on Trauma-Informed Care as a technical assistance document to help make trauma-informed peer support available to women who receive or have received services in behavioral health or other human service systems. It is designed as a resource for peer supporters in these or other settings who want to learn how to integrate trauma-informed principles into their relationships with the women they support or into the peer support groups of which they are members. The goal is to provide peer supporters—both male and female— with the understanding, tools, and resources needed to engage in culturally responsive, trauma-informed peer support relationships with women.
The guide can be downloaded as a single file (8MB) or chapter by chapter through the links below.
Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook (entire document)
Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support: A Guidebook (chapter-by-chapter)
Front and back covers
Table of Contents and Introduction
Chapter 1. Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Practices
Chapter 2. Am I a Trauma Survivor?
Chapter 3. Peer Support Fundamentals
Chapter 4. Gender Politics and the Criminalization of Women
Chapter 5. Culture and Trauma
Chapter 6. Religion, Spirituality, and Trauma
Chapter 7. Trauma-Informed Peer Support Across the Lifespan
Chapter 8. Trauma and Peer Support Relationships
Chapter 9. Self-Awareness and Self-Care
Chapter 10. Organizational Context: Working in Systems
Chapter 11. Trauma-Informed Storytelling and Other Healing Practices
Chapter 12. Self-Inflicted Violence and Peer Support
Chapter 13. Reclaiming Power Through Social Action