Gender Responsive Programming
In developing the men’s and women’s programming for our transitional living initiative, WestCRC considers the gender specific issues of socialization, psychological development, exposure to trauma, and life experiences. WestCRC uses five core practices in developing gender responsive programming: relational approach, strengths-based approach, trauma-informed, culturally competent, and holistic approach (Core, 2005). Together, these practices serve to meet the individual needs of our clients much more profoundly than a traditional “one size fits all” approach. By engaging the individual, in accordance with their own identity, WCRC reduces the risk of post-treatment relapse into continuing substance abuse, as men and women who relapse tend to do so for different reasons.