Covington Curriculum Conference


Trauma, Addiction, Mental Health & Criminal Justice Models

Thank You for Attending! Look out for CCC in June 2021!



The conference is over but you can check out Dr. Covington at the following events:

Blountville, TN, July 11, 2019

Trauma and the Three “Rs”: Recognize, Respond, Recover

Addressing ACEs – A Call to Action Conference

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This innovative and highly acclaimed conference offers an opportunity to deepen your understanding of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. The emphasis is on five research-based treatment interventions developed by Dr. Stephanie S. Covington. For the first 2 days, you learn one of five in-depth curricula for trauma, addiction, anger, and empowerment that are adapted for therapeutic groups of women, men or girls. This year on the last day, you will also learn a brief trauma intervention of your choice either: Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention For Men or Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention For Women. These models are shorter with only 6-sessions and designed for short-term settings.


Although the emphasis is on your core curriculum, you will also be supported with additional gender-responsive and trauma-informed events with Dr. Covington, implementation tips, evening events and curricula, and networking with professionals from across the United States. The 2019 and 2017 conference organizers The Connecticut Women’s Consortium, are well known for providing behavioral health education and will provide additional activities. 


This 2.5 day conference of about 400 counselors, therapists, clinical supervisors, correctional professionals, and program administrators as well as peer specialists, program directors, supervisors, school counselors, and social workers. Dr. Covington and her certified trainers will be available throughout the conference for additional guidance.


Stephanie S. Covington, PhD

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer.  For more than thirty years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services.  Her extensive experience includes designing women’s services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled Breaking Down the Bars.  She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for the Federal Advisory Committee for Women’s Services (ACWS). She has published extensively, including ten gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula. 

You Receive Books & Workbooks

Depending on your track selection for your main core curriculum, you will receive the associated workbook. The special event A Woman's Way through the Twelve Steps by Hazelden Betty Ford foundation will also have books provided to the first 100 guests. This event is open to outside conference guests as well such as professionals and those in recovery. We highly suggest signing up and arriving early if you would like a book.

There will be additional opportunities to get the facilitator’s guides and supportive materials. Our premium sponsor Hazelden Publishing has provided books and DVDs for giveaway and is now offering a 20% discount on Covington titles when you register. Learn More

Criminal Justice & Special Edition Workbooks

Three of the curricula being offered have workbook editions specifically for the criminal justice community including Helping Men Recover, Helping Women Recover, and Beyond Violence. Please select this when you register, if you are interested in the criminal justice workbook. However, you will learn the material within the same workshop. Other models like Healing Trauma & Exploring Trauma are applicable to the criminal justice field but do not have a special edition book. 



You Choose 1 of 5 Core Curriculum
1. Girls & Empowerment
Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls (2nd Edition)
- Candice Norcott, PhD & Tammy Rothschild

Built on a foundation rooted in Resiliency Theory and experiential learning, Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls (2nd Edition) is designed to encourage girls and young women to find and express themselves.  This training describes the world of girls, as well as provides an overview of the elements needed for creating gender-responsive services.  It was created to address the unique needs of adolescent girls and young women with modules about self and connecting with others to exploring healthy living and the journey ahead.  Today we are hearing more about girls and bullying, the pressures of social media, early puberty, gender exploration, human sex trafficking, and binge drinking. Texting, social media, and online or “in real life” (IRL) friends are part of the changes in girls’ social lives.


The focus is on interactive exercises that demonstrate the strategies that service providers can use with girls and young women. The topics covered include developing a positive sense of self, building healthy relationships, substance misuse, physical and emotional wellness, sexuality and planning for a positive future.  Pathways to the criminal justice system and the experiences of young women and girls once they become involved are addressed. For more in-depth information about this book visit 



Candice Norcott, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Medicine. Dr. Norcott works in the Section for Family Planning and Contraceptive Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology where she provides gender-responsive and trauma-informed behavioral health consultation and interventions to women and adolescent girls. Dr. Norcott also participates in medical education within the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, working with resident physicians, fellows, and psychology interns. 


Tammy Rothschild is a private consultant who specializes in gender-responsive and trauma-informed programming for women and girls.  Her work over the last 15 years has been targeted on research in best practices, program development, and program assessment in addition to training and curriculum development.  Ms. Rothschild co-developed the TIER (Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement) Model, a trauma-informed behavior motivation system, which provides a strategic approach to assist women and adolescent girls and boys to develop cognitive, emotional and behavioral awareness and to support the development and exhibition of positive, safe and pro-social behaviors.  


2. Men & Addiction

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction - Rick Dauer, LADC & Rob Rodriguez, MA


This is the first gender-responsive and trauma-informed treatment curriculum for men.  This curriculum addresses what is often missing in prevailing treatment models: a clear understanding of the impact of male socialization on the recovery process, a consideration of the relational needs of men, and a focus on the issues of abuse and trauma.  Existing models often provide little direction in helping men to establish a healthy sense of self outside of stereotypical masculine scripts.  In contrast, this is one of the primary goals of Helping Men Recover.


Helping Men Recover integrates a theory of addiction, a theory of trauma, and a theory of male psychosocial development.  The program materials consist of a facilitator manual and a participant workbook.  There is a community version and a criminal justice version. This presentation provides an historical overview of the history of men’s treatment and the research that establishes the foundation for this new curriculum. However, the main focus of this training is on the interactive exercises drawn from the curriculum.  For more in-depth information about this book visit 


Criminal Justice (CJ) Workbook

You receive a workbook for every core curricula workshop. However, this curriculum has a Special Criminal Justice Edition Workbook available. Selecting the criminal justice (CJ) option during registration lets us know to provide this workbook instead. However, you will learn the material within the same workshop. Learn more about this edition


Roberto Rodriguez, MA, has over 12 years experience in the treatment of substance use disorders. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. He has provided trauma-informed treatment in intensive outpatient and residential settings, focusing on helping adolescents, men, and their families. As a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and mental health therapist, he currently works with Family Recovery Resource Experts, providing collaborative, trauma-informed intervention and therapeutic services to struggling families across the United States  Rob is the co-author of Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men.


Rick Dauer, LADC, a chemical health professional for over 30 years, has been an early advocate for trauma-informed and gender-responsive care. As co-author of Helping Men Recover, he has trained clinicians across the United States and Canada and has presented on men’s issues at numerous national conferences. In addition to his training and consulting work, Rick currently serves at River Ridge Treatment Centers in Twin Cities as a clinical supervisor.


3. Women & Addiction

Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (NEW! 3rd Edition) - Carol Ackley, LADC


Over the past forty years our knowledge of women’s lives has increased dramatically, and we have added significantly to our understanding of the treatment needs of women with addictive disorders. Based on Dr. Covington’s evidence-based curriculum Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction, this newly revised training offers a comprehensive treatment model that integrates theories of addiction, women’s psychological development, and trauma. Designed to give counselors, clinicians, and program administrators a basic understanding of the essential elements needed for the development of women’s programs, the training focuses primarily on women’s recovery. The emphasis is on the key issues of self, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, and the trauma-informed therapeutic techniques for dealing with these issues.


Updates to this new 3rd edition include trauma-sensitive yoga exercises, updated gender information, new brain research as it relates to addiction and trauma, and expansion from 17 to 20 sessions. Throughout the workshop, Carol Ackley, LADC also discusses how the treatment program materials can be used with women in the criminal justice system. For more in-depth information about this book visit 


Criminal Justice (CJ) Workbook

You receive a workbook for every core curricula workshop. However, Helping Women Recover 3rd Edition has a Special Criminal Justice Edition Workbook available. Selecting the criminal justice (CJ) option during registration lets us know to provide this workbook instead. However, you will learn the material within the same workshop. Learn more about this edition.


Carol Ackley, LADC, retired executive director of River Ridge Treatment Center (2000-2015, Minnesota), developed and implemented gender-responsive, trauma-informed co-occurring treatment services in the Twin Cities Metro area.  During her sixteen years in that position, Ms. Ackley created and supervised outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment for adults and educational services for adolescents and adults.  She has also piloted and implemented all of the Covington curricula.


4. Women & Anger

Beyond Anger & Violence - Eileen Russo, MA & Gina Fedock, LMSW, PhD


Beyond Anger & Violence:  A Program for Women is a 21 session, research-based curriculum for women who are struggling with anger. Beyond Anger & Violence is the first manualized intervention for women that focuses on their own anger, as well as the anger and violence they may have experienced from others. For more in-depth information about this book visit 


Criminal Justice (CJ) Workbook

You receive a workbook for every core curricula workshop. However, this curriculum has a Special Criminal Justice Edition Workbook available. Selecting the criminal justice (CJ) option during registration lets us know to provide this workbook instead. However, you will learn the material within the same workshop. Learn more about this edition. 


Eileen M. Russo, MA, is a licensed addiction counselor, a certified clinical supervisor, and a certified co‐occurring disorders professional who has worked in the addiction and mental health field for the past 33 years. Ms. Russo is an Assistant Professor for the Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor program with Gateway Community College.  For the past 14 years she has served as a trainer/consultant with the Connecticut Women’s Consortium for the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services’ Trauma Initiative. In addition to teaching and training, she has specialized in treating co‐occurring PTSD in mental health and substance abuse populations and has assisted agencies with developing trauma‐informed mental health/substance use disorders treatment programs across the state for men, women, and children.  Eileen is the co-author of Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women.


Gina Fedock, PhD, LMSW, is a social worker and an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. Her work focuses on improving women’s mental health, particularly in relation to women’s experiences of trauma and criminal justice involvement. She started working with Dr. Covington in 2010 and has been a trainer since 2013;

she is also a co-author on multiple articles.

5. Women/Girls & Trauma

Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women - Twyla Wilson, LCSW


This newly revised and evidence-based model incorporates the insights of neuroscience with the latest understanding of trauma and PTSD to assist both new and seasoned group leaders.  Cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, expressive arts, and the principles of relational therapy are integrated in this strength-based approach.  The curriculum also has a psycho-educational component that teaches women what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values) and the other self (behavior and relationships, including parenting). The focus of this training is on interactive exercises that demonstrate techniques that counselors can use to help clients develop coping skills, as well as emotional wellness.  In addition, the end of each of the twelve sessions has information on adapting the material for girls.  For more in-depth information about his book visit 


Twyla Wilson, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice who specializes in addiction treatment, particularly gender-responsive, trauma-informed approaches for women. She trains professionals internationally for Dr. Covington. Twyla is also trained as a Somatic Experiencing practitioner through the SE Trauma Healing Institute.  She brings addiction awareness to this unique form of trauma healing.  She has developed a specialty practice that emphasizes a compassionate holistic treatment of women with addictive disorders.



You Chose 1 of 2 Brief Curriculum 


On day 3, you will get trained in 1 of 2 curricula designed as brief interventions for trauma. These models are shorter then you core curricula and can help in settings (such as criminal justice programs) or scenarios where longer treatment is not yet possible. These curricula do not come with a workbook.

1. Women & Brief Trauma Model

Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women -  Eileen Russo, MA


​A short-term adaptation of the widely used, evidence-based Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women. It is particularly designed for settings requiring a shorter intervention: jails, domestic violence agencies, and sexual assault services.  This worship will provide an overview of a six-session trauma curriculum for women who have been abused.


2. Men & Brief Trauma Model

Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men - Rob Rodriguez, MA


A six-session trauma intervention designed to help men begin to address some of the issues specific to trauma: men's silence surrounding abuse, the impact of male socialization on men's responses, the risk of victims becoming abusers, and the need to understand men's shame and fear to explore trauma. Topics include: understanding trauma and its process; trauma's impact on the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs) and on the outer self (behaviors and relationships); and coping and calming strategies.

General Sessions with Stephanie Covington, PhD

Gender Matters

Dr. Covington creates the foundation and framework for the core of this conference.  This opening presentation helps to ground the audience in the realities of the world in which they both live and work, and the violence and trauma that permeate people’s lives.


The first part of the morning’s presentation discusses the specifics of becoming gender-responsive and trauma-informed. Although the term “trauma informed” resonates with many people, there often is confusion as to its meaning.  This overview provides a definition and a deeper understanding of what it entails.  In addition, the process of trauma and its implications for substance use and mental health disorders are described.  The issue of gender as it relates to every person and its importance in service delivery also is emphasized, and gender differences are examined.


Moving from Trauma-Informed to Trauma-Responsive

With the increasing awareness of the impact of adversity and trauma on people’s lives, helping professionals are considering what this means in their various settings.  While there is a growing evidence-base documenting the impact of trauma on heath, mental health and behavior, service providers often struggle with the realities of providing effective, integrated, and trauma-based services.


This presentation is an overview of the “how to” and describes resources available to assist in the process of moving from trauma informed to trauma responsive.  Each of the core curricula of the conference and its theoretical foundation will also be described: Helping Women Recover, Helping Men Recover, Beyond Trauma, Beyond Anger and Violence and Voices. There are additional recommendations for trauma-specific interventions.

Endings…and New Beginnings

This presentation provides a closing ritual for the two and one-half day conference.  Dr. Covington will quickly review some of the basic principles and tenets of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services as she mentions the various therapeutic trainings that each person has attended.  However, the focus will be on the ending of this conference as a way to think about the process of closure in our lives. As we each let go of what we no longer need, what new beginnings are we creating?













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