The evidence continues to grow on the effectiveness of trauma-, gender-, and sex-informed (TGS) approaches in all areas of the substance use field, including prevention, education, harm reduction, treatment, policy, and research. Trauma-informed practice (TIP) is a critically important approach to improving substance use services, programming, policy and health promotion initiatives. Further, unless we integrate a gender transformative approach into TIP, issues of equity can easily be ignored, or perpetuated.

These resources are provided as an aid to integrating the TGS approach.


New Terrain: Tools to Integrate Trauma and Gender Informed Responses into Substance Use Practice and Policy English version  French version
50 Trauma, Gender, and Substance Use Cards English version  French version
Trauma Informed Practice & the Opioid Crisis: A Discussion Guide for Health Care and Social Service Providers English version  French version
Women and Opioids: Media View PDF

Resource Lists

TGS Trauma-Informed Practice resource list  View PDF
TGS Gender Informed Approaches to Substance Use resource list  View PDF
TGS Gender Transformative resource list  View PDF

Conversation Starters

TGS Trauma Informed Practice Principles in Action: Reflective Questions
English versionFrench version
Building a Trauma-Informed Aftercare Network in Saskatchewan
English versionFrench version
TGS Trauma-Informed Approaches to Seclusion and Restraint Reduction  View PDF
Grounding Activities and Trauma-Informed Practice  View PDF

Evidence Summaries

Sex, Gender and Cannabis  English versionFrench version
Sex, Gender and Tobacco  English versionFrench version
Sex, Gender and Alcohol  English version
Sex, Gender and Opioids  English version
Academic Research Summaries  English versionFrench version