Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls

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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Substance Abuse Treatment (Adolescent) and Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Females 12 - 24 years old with substance abuse and/or trauma

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 24

Brief Description

Voices addresses the unique needs of adolescent girls and young women. This is the girls’ version of the Helping Women Recover curricula, which is highlighted on the CEBC as part of a combined intervention, Helping Women Recover & Beyond Trauma. The program includes modules on self, connecting with others, healthy living, and the journey ahead.

The facilitator’s guide includes background information about young women, gender-responsive principles, and the theoretical foundation of the program. It provides information about running the eighteen group sessions that are the core of the program (the structure and content for each topic and activity), as well as a program overview and lists of materials needed for the sessions. The program materials also can be used to train staff members in working with girls.

The participant’s journal utilizes a process called Interactive Journaling®. In the context of girls’ lives, structured journaling provides an outlet for creativity, personal expression, exploration, and application of new concepts and skills.

Program Goals:

The goals of Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls are:

  • Decrease in substance abuse
  • Decrease in depression
  • Decrease in trauma symptoms
  • Increase in self-efficacy
  • Stabilize recovery
  • Increase in prevention of substance use

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: July 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012