Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Brief Overview

Although research on trauma-focused interventions continues to grow, there are still only a limited number of interventions designed specifically for responding to the traumatic effects of domestic and sexual violence.

One of NCDVTMH’s current key initiatives is to help fill this gap by working to identify and promote the implementation of culture- and gender-responsive approaches to healing that are relevant for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, particularly interventions that can be offered in a range of settings including domestic and sexual violence programs.

As part of that effort, this webinar series was designed to highlight some of these emerging and evidence-based approaches.

Webinar Information

Originally aired Thursday, September 24, 2015 | 1:00 – 2:30pm (CST)

Over the past several years, there has been a growing awareness of the benefits of mindfulness-based approaches for healing from interpersonal trauma. This webinar will provide an overview of mindfulness practice and discuss the ways it may be useful for survivors of interpersonal trauma, including domestic violence. This webinar will also discuss the rationale, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness of mindfulness training as a trauma-specific intervention.

Dr. Dutton has completed an NIMH-funded study examining the effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) for PTSD and depression among African American women who are also survivors of trauma. Dr Dutton also offers MBSR to the general community through Georgetown Medstar.

Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Georgetown University Medical Center

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Originally aired Thursday, January 21, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

This webinar introduces the newly revised evidence-based Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women program. The revised edition incorporates the insights of neuroscience with the latest understanding of trauma and PTSD. Cognitive-behavioral techniques, mindfulness, expressive arts, and the principles of relational therapy are integrated in this strength-based approach. The curriculum also has a psycho-educational component that teaches women what trauma is, its process, and its impact on both the inner self (thoughts, feelings, beliefs, values) and the outer self (behavior and relationships, including parenting).

This webinar focuses on techniques to help women develop coping skills, as well as emotional wellness. In addition, there is a brief discussion on adapting the materials for girls. The newly revised six session Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women is also introduced.

This webinar will include a 15 minute Q&A session at the end.

Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW

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Originally aired Thursday, March 3, 2016 | 2:00 – 3:30pm (CDT)

This webinar introduces and provides a concise overview of Beyond Anger & Violence, a new manualized curriculum for women who struggle with the issue of anger. The curriculum can be used to offer groups within community settings, such as domestic violence services. Beyond Anger & Violence is the first manualized intervention for women that focuses on anger, as well as the trauma they may have experienced. It utilizes a variety of evidence-based therapeutic strategies (i.e., psycho-education, role playing, mindfulness activities, cognitive behavioral restructuring and grounding skills for trauma triggers). This webinar provides an overview of this new intervention, with a focus on the guiding theory, structure, and content needed for running groups.

Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW

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