Understanding and addressing issues of gender identity and sexuality when working with trauma survivors through trauma-informed care approaches

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Intimate partner violence (IPV) and its health consequences occur among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) individuals at rates equal to or higher than cisgender, heterosexual individuals. Trauma-informed care (TIC) is one service approach with emerging empirical support for use with IPV survivors, with emerging support among LGBTQ survivors. This presentation will discuss LGBTQ IPV survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their services related to IPV as well as help-seeking barriers in this population. These findings are also reviewed alongside implications for clinical practice, with a focus on enhancing applications of existing evidence-based practices, namely cognitive-behavioral therapies, to best respond to the unique needs of this population.

Participants will be able to: 

  • Determine patterns of help-seeking and associated barriers among trauma-exposed LGBTQ populations.
  • Identify ways to improve the mental and behavioral health of LGBTQ trauma survivors, particularly among those exposed to intimate partner violence.
  • Understand LGBTQ trauma survivors’ perceptions of trauma-informed care in their trauma-related services.

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