This webinar’s focus is upon defining “gender,” describing the importance and relevance of addressing issues relating to gender in the drug court setting, and providing participants with practical suggestions for effectively planning and addressing gender-related issues. The presenter, Mr. Warren, explains the difference between sex at birth, which is biological, and gender which is culturally derived and defined expectations of ‘femaleness’ and ‘maleness.’ He discusses why it is necessary to have multiple types of programs to address gender — gender specific/responsive training focuses on women, gender neutral training can be used with both males and females, and gender specific training takes the differences between male and female brains into account. He discusses culture using the definition that “culture is…the whole complex of distinctive, spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features that characterize a society or a social group…” Culture impacts the dynamics of gender based on how society raises men and women. He gives some examples of ways to address gender issues in drug courts, such as being clear about what is being addressed, and acknowledging differing impacts gender may have on individuals. Also detailed are the guiding principles for implementing gender-responsive strategies, including acknowledging that gender makes a difference when creating a treatment plan, and providing opportunities for clients to improve their socioeconomic conditions. Finally, he suggests some primary reasons to consider/address regarding gender issues, such as reducing recidivism and providing participants with the opportunity to complete the program.
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