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

Culturally Modified Trauma Focused Therapy (CM-TFT)

This intervention was developed for use with Latino children and is based on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with the addition of modules integrating cultural concepts throughout treatment.

Latino Children (ages 4-18), males and females, broad range of acculturation.

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Child Parent Psychotherapy

Child Parent Psychotherapy is a dyadic, relationship-based treatment for parents and young children (birth-5) that helps restore normal developmental functioning in the wake of violence and trauma by focusing on restoring the attachment relationships that are negatively affected by violence, establishing a sense of safety and trust within the parent-child relationship, and addressing the co-constructed meaning of the event or trauma shared by parent and child. Sessions focus on parent-child interactions to support and foster healthy coping, affect regulation, and increased appropriate reciprocity between parent and child. Parent guidance on development, behavioral management, crisis intervention, and case management are provided as needed in an unstructured way.

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Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women

Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women is a manualized curriculum for women’s services based on theory, research, and clinical experience. The evidence-based materials are designed for trauma treatment, although the connection between trauma and substance abuse in women’s lives is a primary theme throughout. The program has been developed for use in residential and outpatient treatment settings, domestic violence programs, mental health clinics, and criminal justice settings. Beyond Trauma has a psychoeducational component that teaches women what trauma is, its process, and its impact. The major emphasis is on coping skills, with specific exercises for developing emotional wellness.

Women; has been adapted to prison populations, alcohol treatment; HIV

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for PTSD w/ people w/ severe mental illness (SMI)

For men or women with PTSD; addiction treatment settings, adolescents, survivors of disaster/terrorism, and person’s receiving treatment in primary care settings.