Beyond Compassion:Caring for Women with a History of Trauma
The impact of violence against women, particularly women living with HIV, is magnified through the lens of women’s reproductive health. Addressing trauma is necessary to support women living with and affected by HIV. What does it look like to champion resilience and believe in healing? We invite you to join us in becoming a trauma-responsive and resiliency oriented community. There is always a source of light.
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Inspired by a symposium we hosted earlier this year called “Beyond Compassion: Caring for Women with a History of Trauma,” and driven to spread lessons learned through love and art, we created this manifesto for you.
On January 25th, 2019, STEP-UP (SFGH Training and Education Programs for Underserved Populations) & HIVE: a hub of positive reproductive & sexual health collaborated to host Grand Rounds with Dr. Shawn Ginwright.
Watch this Google+ Hangout on Air as we talk about the way forward towards healing and supporting resiliency in the women we care for.
Film description: “Driven by the desire for custody of their children, five mothers struggle to overcome substance use disorders in a gender-responsive treatment program. Their intimate story reveals experiences with domestic violence, [sex work], incarceration and complex intergenerational relations. On Life’s Terms: Mothers in Recovery interweaves the women’s three-year journey to self-sufficiency and newfound pride with drug laws that impact mother and child, and will inspire hope for recovery.”
This inspirational session weaves together learnings from the day, touching on trauma-informed care, disclosure, criminalization, stigma, and resiliency. Using her expertise in organizational consulting, she charges attendees to make change from the seat they sit in.
“Many times the patients that are most ‘difficult’ are those who’ve had sexual trauma. She isn’t hard, she’s had a hard life…the body of a survivor remembers those traumatic experiences…she knows that other providers have found her to be a hard patient, so if you change the way you see her, then maybe she’ll change the way she sees herself in that dynamic.”
“I had a fear of being alone…The stigma was huge. I had more internal stigma than external stigma…I stayed out of relationships because I didn’t want to disclose.”
This 45-minute video features a panel of leaders from local trauma agencies in San Francisco.
Twelve locally and nationally esteemed speakers shared their expertise in their respective fields, presenting on topics including: trauma-informed care for women; disclosure, criminalization and stigma for women living with HIV; reducing anxiety and pain during gynecological exams; and healing rituals and practices for service providers.