Gender Matters

Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW

Service Delivery, Trauma-Informed Care

October 2010

Dr. Stephanie Covington, co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice (La Jolla, California), reviews gender-specific services/approaches, which intentionally allow research and knowledge on female socialization and development and women/girls’ risks, strengths, and needs to affect and guide ALL aspects of program and system design, processes, and services. Being gender-responsive means creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the lives of women and girls and responds to their strengths and challenges.