Women’s Bureau of Department of Labor release “the Trauma Guide” to help homeless women veterans

According to the website for the Women’s Bureau (“WB”) of the Department of Labor (“DOL”), the WB created the trauma guide to help “address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans” by service providers.  The trauma guide is short for “Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers.”

As stated on the DOL website, the [trauma] guide offers observational knowledge and concrete guidelines for modifying practices with the goal of increasing re-entry outcomes.”  In addition, the DOL website says “the guide is also a compilation of best practices aimed at improving effectiveness in engaging female veterans.”

In order to achieve the guide’s goals of improving care for and “engaging female veterans,” who are more likely than non-veteran women to be homeless, the trauma guide is split in three parts, all of which can be found online at the Department of Labor website.

The first section is the user’s guide, which provides information on the “experiences and needs of female veterans.”  The user’s guide additionally gives information on “what it means to provide trauma-informed care,” as well as “resources for staff training and education.”

Furthermore, the trauma guide offers a “manual of best practices that can be integrated into daily programming for homeless female veterans,” as part of the “organizational self-assessment tool for providers serving female veterans.”  The third section of the guide contains lists of resources aimed to help service providers become more informed with issues such as, “female veterans, homelessness and trauma, cultural competence, trauma informed services, participant involvement, and self-care.”

For more information on this program to assist homeless female veterans, the following link is to the trauma guide and the website for the Women’s Bureau of the Department of Labor, http://www.dol.gov/wb/trauma/.

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