Webinar: Trauma-informed approaches for engaging women who use substances

Canadian studies have shown that up to 90% of women in treatment for substance use have a history of trauma ref. The greater the stress from traumatic events, the greater the discomfort and the need to escape it through coping mechanisms such as substance use ref. Experiences of trauma can hinder engagement with substance use treatment programs, and the programs can be less effective when the impacts of trauma are not understood and addressed ref. Building upon the  2016 "Trauma-Informed Care for Substance Use" webinar, this webinar session will examine trauma-informed approaches (TIA) for engaging women who use substances, including opioids.

Watch the recorded webinar, download the presentation slides, and access the related resources.

Webinar Objectives

  • Provide an overview of trauma-informed approaches (TIA) for women who use substances.
  • Understand how nurses and other healthcare professionals can integrate TIA into practice to engage women who use substances.
  • Explore case-based examples that illustrate the unique considerations of working with women who use substances.

Webinar presenters

  • Julia Bloomenfeld, The Jean Tweed Centre 
  • Rosanra Yoon, The Jean Tweed Centre 


Funding for this educational opportunity is provided by Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This webinar series is co-hosted by the Opioid Resource Hub (PSSP/EENet) and the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario.