International Family Adult and Child Enhancement Services (FACES)

International Family, Adult, and Child Enhancement Services (FACES) provides comprehensive, community-based mental health services for refugee, asylee and asylum-seeking children, adults, and families suffering from trauma or emotional disorders. Services include individual and family counseling, assistance accessing benefits and entitlements, expressive therapies, linkages to primary and dental health care, and case management. International FACES staff respect each culture’s definition of family roles and recognize the importance of working with and strengthening the family structure. Services are offered in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner, often conducted by staff from the same culture as the family or with trained interpreters. Outreach and engagement strategies help educate participants about the value of mental health services, as well as providing linkages to other specialized services.

Used often with refugee families.

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Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT)

Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) was originally developed for use in school and clinic settings with culturally diverse clients, ages 3 to 21, and their families. Specific cultural groups include ethnic minorities (African American, Latino American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander American), low socioeconomic status, gender-specific child and adolescent groups, and immigrants from Mexico, Central America, Pacific Islands, and Southeast Asia. ITCT has also been adapted for use in urban schools in economically impoverished areas.

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Helping Women Recover

Since it was first published in 1999, Helping Women Recover has set the standard for best practice in the field of women’s treatment. Helping Women Recover is based on Dr. Covington’s Women’s Integrated Treatment (WIT) model. It offers a program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of women who are addicted to alcohol and other drugs or have co-occurring disorders. The Helping Women Recover program offers counselors, mental health professionals, and program administrators the tools they need to implement a gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment program in group therapy settings or with individual clients.

Women, addiction, can also be used in jails, developing a model to be used with adolescent girls.

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Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Woman’s Workbook

Mary Ellen Copeland co-authored the book Healing the Trauma of Abuse: A Gentle Woman’s Guide with Maxine Harris of Community Connections in Washington, DC. This important self-help book describes a weekly lesson process that women can use to relieve the effects of trauma in their lives, either when working in a group, with a counselor, or when, as many women must do, working on their own. It rebuilds self-esteem and gives back the personal power, trust and sense of connection that are taken away by a traumatic experience.

This book is based on the findings of an intensive study of strategies that help women who have been traumatized to heal from the effects of this trauma and make their lives the way they want them to be.

Individuals that want to work through trauma more informally. People that want to start a group, or work with a close friend.

Growing Beyond Survival: A Self Help Toolkit for Managing Traumatic Stress

Growing Beyond Survival is a self-management workbook, which teaches skills that empower survivors to take control of and de-escalate their most distressing trauma related symptoms. This versatile workbook can be used as an independent self-help program, in the context of individual therapy, or in a group setting. It teaches trauma survivors to recognize, contextualize, and understand distressing dissociative and posttraumatic reactions. It also creates a structure in which to learn and practice skills for self-regulation of the troublesome thoughts, feelings, and impulses related to traumatic experiences. Rather than simply offering “band aid”-type crisis intervention, this self-paced program empowers survivors with an understanding of where the symptoms come from and why. By learning a variety of interventions, skills, and techniques, survivors are able to select and make use of different “tools” for different self-regulation purposes.

Men and women with trauma histories; mental health, correctional facilities, domestic violence shelters/services.

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Group Intervention for Children of Mothers with Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Abuse

This is a structured, children’s skills building group intervention that was developed as part of the SAMHSA Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Children’s Subset Study.

Children with mothers who have co-occuring mental health and substance abuse issues; two age groups 5-7 and 8-10.

Contact Information: To obtain the curriculum Group work with Children of Battered Women: A Practitioner’s Manual by Einat Peled and Diane Davis as adapted by The Coordinating Center and the Children’s Subcommittee for the Women, Co-Occurring Disorders and Violence Study, visit books.google.com.

Essence of Being Real: Relational Peer Support for Men and Women Who Have Experienced Trauma

The Essence of Being Real: Relational Peer Support for Men and Women Who Have Experienced Trauma model is a peer-to-peer approach intended to address the effects of trauma. Participants learn how to create a safe group environment for trauma survivors to test out what it is like to establish trust with others, experience safety, and make meaningful, healthy connections. Being Real is a manual that offers trauma survivors the inspiration and education to make a powerful difference in their communities through peer support. This new framework for peer support relies heavily on the power of hope and the belief that every trauma survivor has an opportunity to rise above merely surviving. Being Real is a present-focused and connection-based philosophy that is compatible with other mutual support protocols. Participants develop a deeper understanding of the effects of trauma, particularly within the context of relationship to self and others, in order to create long-lasting and meaningful change.

Women and men who have experienced trauma; good addition to the Risking Connection® program.

EMDR – Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy approach. It contains elements of many effective psychotherapies in structured protocols that are designed to maximize treatment effects. These include psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, experiential, and body-centered therapies.

EMDR psychotherapy is an information processing therapy and uses an eight phase approach to address the experiential contributors of a wide range of pathologies. It attends to the past experiences that have set the groundwork for pathology, the current situations that trigger dysfunctional emotions, beliefs and sensations, and the positive experience needed to enhance future adaptive behaviors and mental health.

Adults; special development and protocols for those struggling with substance use/abuse.

Economic Success in Recovery

Economic Success in Recovery assists women, who often have a history of economic dependence on abusive partners, in gaining the skills to effectively manage money issues and draw associations between their past substance use and current economic situation.

It is an 8 session educational curriculum designed to assist women in (1) examining how money management is related to the recovery process, (2) developing effective money management skills and (3) identifying and planning educational, vocational, and job training opportunities and objectives.

Women; special focus substance abuse and mental health; available in English and Spanish languages.

Contact Information: To obtain curriculum and additional information, contact: Dr. Hortensia Amaro: hamaro@usc.edu or Rita Nieves, R.N., M.P.H.: rnieves@bphc.org

Domestic Violence Group Intervention

This ten-session manualized group intervention helps women who have experienced domestic violence to break the cycle of abuse. Intervention is written as a leader’s manual, with a rationale, goals, questions to prompt discussion, and experiential exercises for each topic. Topics include: the relational context of domestic violence; the cycle of violence; power and control; multi-generational violence; the impact of domestic violence on children; anger; assertiveness; communication skills; and stopping the cycle.

Women who have experienced DV