Mental Health

Trauma-Informed Care for Trans & Non-Binary Clients


Addison Rose Vincent

Break the Binary, LLC

Workshop Session #1

9AM - 10AM -

Session Overview

Transgender and non-binary individuals experience high rates of violence by family members, fellow students, employers, partners, and others, leaving them with acute, complex, and/or intergenerational trauma. When service providers are working with transgender and non-binary community members, it is essential to serve through a trauma-informed lens in order to achieve an affirming and healing space. Participants of this workshop will learn key aspects of Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) in relation to the transgender and non-binary community, and leave with new terminology, statistics, and ideas to challenge and improve their own organizations and services.


Addison Rose Vincent (they/them) is a 26-year-old transfeminine non-binary advocate living in Los Angeles. Born in Canada and raised in Michigan by an affirming family, Addison moved to California to come out and live more authentically. Since graduating from Chapman University, Addison has served a number of organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ communities. Their positions have included the Summer Political Intern for the Victory Fund in Washington DC, the LGBTQ+ Lead Advocate for survivors of violence at Strength United, the Manager of Programs at TransLatin@ Coalition, and the Risk Reduction Counselor at Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. Addison currently serves as a trainer and consultant to various organizations and companies to create LGBTQ-affirming and trauma-informed spaces, including as the Educational Consultant for the 2019 Transgender & Non-Binary Youth Conference in Los Angeles. Additionally, they are the Founder and Lead Facilitator of the Non-Binary Union of Los Angeles (NBULA), a Domestic Violence Prevention Reimagine Lab Fellow for the Blue Shield of California Foundation, an Advisory Board Member for the Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP), and a Community Advisory Board Member for LA Pride. Addison lives in Highland Park with their partner Ethan Alexander Patron (he/they) and their dog Stevie (bark/bark).