The Connecticut Women’s Consortium (CWC) is a non-profit agency that educates Connecticut’s mental health, addictions, homelessness, and criminal justice agencies. The CWC trains over 5,300 behavioral health professionals each year and helps organizations find best practices to improve care. Through our network and partnerships, we reach adults and children struggling with mental illnesses and addictions.
The CWC has a unique commitment to trauma-informed, gender-responsive care. We encourage agencies to understand the different challenges for both genders in behavioral health treatment such as sexual assault, stereotypes around masculinity, and pregnancy with addiction. We also guide everyone from receptionists to CEOs about trauma’s impact on the lives of those seeking services. We practice what we preach and have created a positive center for professionals dealing with burnout, high turnover rates, and safety in the behavioral health field. A large part of what we offer is guidance and structure with models such as Girls Circle, Seeking Safety, Helping Men Recover, and Beyond Anger and Violence. Other ventures include advancing women leaders through our Yale Leadership project, promoting best practices in trauma and gender with behavioral health and criminal justice initiatives, and our Trauma Matters Newsletter.
We have recently expanded our reach with the National Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders Conference for women and girls in the criminal justice system. We are continuing to grow with the National Covington Curriculum Conference, online courses, gender-responsive tools, and representing New Haven’s gender responsiveness at an international forum.
Our Audience Men & Women • Clinicians • Community Services • Correctional Facilities • Counselors • Criminal Justice Agencies For-profit Providers • Hospitals & Physicians • Mental Health Agencies • Nonprofits • Peer Professionals • Program Directors Schools • Social Workers • State Departments • Students • Substance Abuse Agencies • Therapists