Moving from Trauma Informed to Trauma Responsive

Preconference Workshop


With the increased awareness of the impact of trauma and adversity on women’s and girls’ lives, criminal justice professionals are beginning to consider what this means in their specific settings. It is important for each institution and agency to become trauma informed because of the growing evidence-base documenting the impact of child neglect and abuse (as well as other forms of trauma) on health, mental health and behavior.  While research and clinical experience indicate a high incidence of trauma and co-occurring problems, helping professionals often struggle with the realities of providing effective and integrated services to increase resilience.  Criminal justice professionals who become trauma informed have a greater understanding of the behaviors that often result from a history of trauma and develop new skills for responding to these behaviors.    Today the language “trauma informed” is common in many settings. However, the process of implementation is often challenging to administrators and staff. 


This seminar defines and explains three specific terms: trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma specific. Some guidelines on how to become trauma responsive are discussed.  These principles can be applied in both custodial and community settings.  Recommendations for trauma-specific and gender-responsive interventions are also provided with suggestions for training staff.    


Participants will be able to: 

• Define trauma informed, trauma responsive, and trauma specific 

• Understand the dynamics and process of trauma 

• Discuss the prevalence and process of trauma, as well as the ACE study 

• Anticipate psychological and behavioral responses/reactions to trauma 

• Develop a plan for training staff in their facility/agency 


Date: Sunday, December 10, 2017

Time: 1-5pm

Cost: FREE, snacks provided

About Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW, is an internationally recognized clinician, author, lecturer, and organizational consultant.  With over thirty years of experience, she is noted for her pioneering work in the design and implementation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed treatment services in public, private, and institutional settings.  She is the author of numerous books, as well as ten research-based, manualized treatment curricula including, Beyond Trauma, Helping Women Recover, Voices and the co-author of Helping Men Recover.  For the past twenty years, Dr. Covington has worked to help institutions and programs in the criminal justice system develop effective gender-responsive services.  She has provided training and consulting services to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Ministries of Justice in England, Scotland and Switzerland, the Correctional Service of Canada, and in the US, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the National Institute of Corrections, as well as many state and local jurisdictions. She is the co-director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender & Justice located in La Jolla, California.

2017 Association for Justice-Involved Females and Organizations