Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders
Submitted by Kathy_Tracey on January 2, 2019 - 7:32pm
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I invite you to review A Summary of Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders. The authors, Barbara Bloom, Barbara Own, and Stephanie Covington, define gender responsiveness in corrections as:
creating an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the realities of women’s lives and addresses the issues of the participants. Gender-responsive approaches are multidimensional and are based on theoretical perspectives that acknowledge women’s pathways into the criminal justice system. These approaches address social (e.g., poverty, race, class, and gender inequality) and cultural factors, as well as therapeutic interventions. These interventions address issues such as abuse, violence, family relationships, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. They provide a strength-based approach to treatment and skill building. The emphasis is on self-efficacy.
The theoretical perspectives related to women include:
- The Pathway Perspective
- Relational Theory and Female Development
- Trauma and Addiction Theories
How does this shape your teaching and classroom leadership? How do you address the differing needs of individuals in the classroom?
I'm looking forward to hearing from you.