Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT)

About This Program

Target Population: Adult women who have been abused

Program Overview

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
  • Decrease in substance misuse
  • Increase in self-efficacy

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (HT).

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)

Program Delivery

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

Recommended Intensity:

One or two 90-minute sessions per week

Recommended Duration:

6 sessions – approximately 3-5 weeks

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Outpatient Clinic
  • Community-based Agency / Organization / Provider
  • Group or Residential Care
  • Justice Setting (Juvenile Detention, Jail, Prison, Courtroom, etc.)


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

Manuals and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Counselor with experience in the field and with group work or a college graduate or an experienced group facilitator are the typical qualifications. It can be used with peer facilitation as well.

Manual Information

There is a manual that describes how to deliver this program.

Training Information

There is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training Type/Location:

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

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

Additional References

J. Hawke. (Summer 2013). "Evaluation of a Five Session Trauma Treatment Model For Women." Trauma Matters. Connecticut Women’s Consortium and the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services in support of the Connecticut Trauma Initiative.

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). United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI). 

Frisman, L. (2015, June 1). Healing Trauma evaluation triannual progress report. Connecticut Women's Consortium. 

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

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2020

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012