Researching for LGBTQ Health

Building Competence, Building Capacity: 2SLGBTQ2+ Focused Trauma-Informed Care

We are developing, delivering and evaluating curriculum for a workshop aimed at increasing health and social service providers' ability to provide trauma-informed care to 2SLGBTQ+ folks. The workshop is currently being piloted across Ontario in Toronto, London, Ottawa, Thunder Bay, Sudbury, Timmins, Kingston and Windsor. The workshop is for multi-disciplinary providers working in healthcare, mental health, social services, and the anti-violence sector. We hope that the training will prevent stigmatization, alienation or the re-traumatization of 2SLGBTQ+ survivors who access support.

This project is important because there is a lot of evidence that 2SLGBTQ+ people are more likely to experience violence and/or trauma than straight or cisgender (i.e., non-trans) people. Additionally, 2SLGBTQ+ people face barriers in accessing health and social services as a result of a lack of 2SLGBTQ+ capacity on the part of service providers or the organizations they work within. Given that many 2SLGBTQ+ people will be in need of support related to experiences of violence/trauma, it is important that organizations and service providers have the ability to skillfully meet the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ people from a trauma-informed lens.

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Public Health Agency of Canada

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