National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Engaging Women in Trauma-Informed Peer Support

Darby Penney

This workshop introduces a new technical assistance document from SAMHSA’s National Center on Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) which was developed, with the input and expertise of survivors from across the country, to assist peer supporters in understanding trauma’s impact on the lives of women and to incorporate trauma-informed principles into peer support relationships. The guide frames the core values of trauma-informed peer support using language that is non-clinical and culturally congruent. It describes how peer support relationships are affected when any party involved has experienced trauma. The guide includes resources for applying trauma-informed principles, with a focus on factors essential for healing; choice; safety; mutual empowerment; mentoring; and cultural congruence. This tool can be a resource for advocacy; individual, programmatic, and organizational development; and trauma-informed systems change.