Trauma-Informed Care in Rehabilitation Services: A Call for Survivor Participation

The RED Neuro Lab, based at the Gray Centre for Mobility & Activity at Parkwood Institute, is embarking on a crucial case study that aims to shed light on the experiences of survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and Domestic Violence (DV) who have used rehabilitation services. This study focuses on the integration of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) into rehabilitation services, with the ultimate goal of providing responsive care for vulnerable populations and healthcare professionals.

The Purpose of the Study:

The central goal of this study is to explore survivors’ experiences with rehabilitation services after experiencing SGBV and/or DV. By doing so, it aims to develop a model of care that is sensitive to the needs of these survivors. This study seeks to:

  1. Understand the relationship between SGBV and/or DV, health, and the use of rehabilitation services.
  2. Explore potential pathways to safety and care for individuals who have experienced health issues requiring rehabilitation care.

Eligibility Criteria:

To participate in this important research, individuals must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Be survivors of SGBV and/or DV who have used or are using rehabilitation services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, and mental health rehabilitation services.

Steps of the Study

The study involves several stages:

  1. Eligibility: Participants must meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
  2. Interviews/Questionnaires: Survivors will be interviewed to explore their experiences with rehabilitation services.
  3. Analysis of Collected Data: The collected data will be analyzed to draw meaningful conclusions.
  4. Analysis & Validation: The findings will be shared with participants to validate the researcher’s interpretation.

How to Get Involved:

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in participating in this study, you can express your interest by completing the pre-screening form via the provided QR code (below) or link. By doing so, you are not consenting to participate, but you will be contacted with further information.

Contact Information

For more information or to express your interest in participating, you can contact the following individuals:

Resources for Support

The study also provides a list of resources for individuals who may need support related to SGBV, DV, or trauma. These resources include crisis hotlines, counseling services, and support organizations.

The RED Neuro Lab’s case study on Trauma-Informed Care in Rehabilitation Services for survivors of SGBV and DV is a significant step toward improving the quality of care for survivors and ensuring their voices are heard. If you meet the eligibility criteria and have a story to share, consider participating in this vital research effort, which has the potential to make a positive impact on the lives of survivors and the healthcare system as a whole.

A future we want: A home for all Parallel Event: GA 78th Session, Sustainable Development Summit and Urban October

The UN Working Group to End Homelessness (WGEH) is hosting an event to address the intersectionality of homelessness by reflecting on General Assembly Resolution 76/133 (2022) and the Secretary General’s first-ever report on Homelessness A/78/236. The panel discussion will provide an opportunity for persons experiencing homelessness and civil society as well as Member States along with other experts to identify the progress that has been made and the challenges that remain as the United Nations brings into focus the complex issue of homelessness with a view to achieving a future in which every person experiences the dignity and human right of a safe, habitable, affordable, secure home. 

This is a hybrid event, with the option to attend in person or virtually via Zoom.

In-Person Location: The Church Center for the United Nations, 777 United Nations Plaza, New York, New York (Enter on 44th Street) 

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM (EST) 


Educators Showcase: Bringing an Equity Lens to Teaching About Mental Wellness/Health, Substance Use Health, and Suicidality

The Showcase is aimed at educators from diverse health-related disciplines. The Showcase goals are to provide an overview of EQUIP’s resources regarding the intersections among mental health, substance use and suicidality with attention to trauma- and violence-informed care, cultural safety, and anti-racism, and engage in a discussion about how teaching can be approached in a wide variety of classroom and clinical settings.

The Showcase will be held as 90-minute webinars twice in October 2023 via Zoom, to maximize opportunities for educators to participate. 

The first Showcase is on Tuesday, October 3rd from 9:30 am to 11 am PDT, and the second Showcase is on Thursday, October 12th from 10 am to 11:30 am PDT

Please register for a FREE ticket on the date that you are planning to attend.

Should you have any questions, please email Sarah Pendreigh at