Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls
About This Program
Target Population: Females 12 - 24 years old with substance abuse and/or trauma
For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 24
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.This program was created to address the unique needs of adolescent girls and young women with modules about self and connecting with others to exploring healthy living and the journey ahead. Revised in 2017, the new topics include and bullying, the pressures of social media, early puberty, gender exploration, human sex trafficking, and binge drinking. Texting, social media, and online or “in real life” (IRL) friends also new additions.
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.
The goals of Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls are:
- Decrease in substance use disorders
- Decrease in depression
- Decrease in trauma symptoms
- Increase in self-efficacy
- Stabilize recovery
- Increase in prevention of substance use
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 30 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 40 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 28 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
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.
One or two 90-minute sessions per week
18 sessions - approximately 2-5 months
This program is typically conducted in a(n):
- Community Agency
- Outpatient Clinic
- Residential Care Facility
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.
Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls 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:
- Facilitator’s guide
- Flip chart
- Room with chairs in a circle
- A group facilitator
- Art supplies
Education and Training
Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications
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.
- Stephanie S. Covington, PhD, LCSW
phone: (858) 454-8528
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.
Number of days/hours:
Generally 2 days
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
Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls.
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).
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2015
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: May 2012