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

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
See descriptions of 3 levels

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

Essential Components

The essential components of Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls include:

  • Group intervention that should have 6-12 girls per group with one facilitator and consists of four modules with specific topic areas for each of the 18 sessions:
    • Module A - Self (5 sessions with a total of 27 activities):
      • Session 1: Who Am I?
      • Session 2: My Life Story
      • Session 3: Breaking the Silence
      • Session 4: The World Girls Live In
      • Session 5: Support and Inspiration
    • Module B - Connecting with Others (7 sessions with a total of 36 activities):
      • Session 6: Communication
      • Session 7: My Family
      • Session 8: Mothers and Daughters
      • Session 9: Friendship
      • Session 10: Dating and Sexuality
      • Session 11: Supportive Relationships
      • Session 12: Abusive Relationships
    • Module C - Healthy Living [Body, Mind and Spirit] (4 sessions with a total of 24 activities):
      • Session 13: Our Bodies
      • Session 14: Emotional Wellness
      • Session 15: Alcohol and Other Drugs
      • Session 16: Spirituality
    • Module D - The Journey Ahead (2 sessions with a total of 9 activities):
      • Session 17: Crossroads
      • Session 18: Packing for My Journey

Child/Adolescent Services

Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Substance abuse and/or trauma as a result of physical, emotional, or sexual abuse; physical neglect, or exposure to domestic violence.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

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

Homework

Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls includes a homework component:

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

Languages

Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls has materials available in a language other than English:

Spanish

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:

  • Facilitator’s guide
  • Flip chart
  • Workbooks
  • Room with chairs in a circle
  • A group facilitator
  • Art supplies

Minimum Provider Qualifications

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

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. Once trained, fidelity scales are available to assist with implementation.

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

Number of days/hours:

Generally 2 days

Additional Resources:

There currently are additional qualified resources for training:

Please contact the Training Contact above for a list of certified trainers.

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.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls.

References

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).

Contact Information

Name: Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
Agency/Affiliation: Center for Gender and Justice
Website: www.stephaniecovington.com
Email:
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