Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT)

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. This program has been reviewed by the CEBC in the following Topic Areas:

About This Program

Target Population: Adult women who have been abused

Brief Description

Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) is a 6-session trauma intervention designed for women who have been abused. Revised in 2016, the facilitator guide and participant workbook is on a CD which allows for easy duplication. There are introductory materials for the facilitator and then detailed instructions (specific lesson plans) for the sessions. The session topics include: the process of trauma, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) questionnaire, power and abuse, grounding and self-soothing, and healthy relationships. There is a strong emphasis on grounding skills. HT is an adaptation of Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women which is highlighted on the CEBC as part of the combined intervention, Helping Women Recover & Beyond Trauma. It is particularly designed for settings requiring a shorter intervention: Jails, domestic violence agencies, and sexual assault services. The materials focus on the three core fundamentals that both staff and clients need: An understanding of what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (e.g., thoughts, feelings, beliefs, and values) and the outer self (e.g., behavior and relationships).

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) are:

  • Increase understanding of trauma
  • Decrease in trauma symptoms
  • Decrease in depression
  • Increase in self-efficacy

Essential Components

The essential components of Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) include:

  • Group intervention with 6-12 women and one facilitator per group
  • Specific topics for each of the 6 sessions:
    • Session 1: Welcome and Introduction (2 activities)
    • Session 2: Power and Abuse (2 activities)
    • Session 3: The Process of Trauma and Self-Care (4 activities)
    • Session 4: The ACE Survey and Anger (5 activities)
    • Session 5: Healthy Relationships (2 activities)
    • Session 6: Love, Endings, and Certificates (2 activities)

Adult Services

Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) directly provides services to adults (regardless of whether they are parents or caregivers) and addresses the following:

  • Symptoms of abuse, especially interpersonal violence

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Agency
  • Jail
  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Residential Care Facility


Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) includes a homework component:

Women have a journal to process their group experience and practice skills.


Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT) has materials available in a language other than English:


For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • CD-Rom which contains the facilitator’s guide and participant workbook
  • Flip chart
  • Room with chairs in a circle
  • A group facilitator
  • Art supplies for collage work

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Licensed addiction counselor with experience in the field and with group work or a college graduate or an experienced group facilitator

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Training can be provided onsite. There are also trainings available at various sites in California and other parts of the U.S.

For more information see, www.stephaniecovington.com and www.centerforgenderandjustice.org

Number of days/hours:

Generally 1 day

Additional Resources:

There currently are additional qualified resources for training:

There are also other certified trainers available by contacting the above.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT).


Covington, S. (2012). Curricula to support trauma-informed practice with women. In N. Poole, & L. Greaves (Eds). Becoming trauma informed. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

Covington, S. S. (2013). Understanding and applying gender differences in recovery. In A. L. O’Neil & J. Lucas (Eds.), DAWN Drugs and Alcohol Women Network: Promoting a gender responsive approach to addiction (pp. 339-362). Turin, Italy: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI).

Contact Information

Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
Website: www.stephaniecovington.com
Phone: (858) 454-8528
Fax: (858) 454-8598

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: October 2013

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012