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Webinar Archive:  Reentry Series

Webinar date:  November 12, 2014

This webinar is closed-captioned.


Due to the increasing number of women in correctional settings, there is a growing recognition of the need for gender-responsive and trauma-informed services due, in large part, to an increasing understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma in their lives.  Recognizing that the vast majority of these women will be released, the need for effective programming for incarcerated women is critical in helping them successfully reenter their communities after being released.  However, too often the (few) programs that do exist for incarcerated women fail to make the needed connections between abuse, trauma, and subsequent violence.

This webinar focuses on both the violence and aggression — including interpersonal and domestic violence — women have experienced as well as when they have perpetrated.  It is conducted by Stephanie Covington, an internationally renowned trauma expert and trainer.  In the webinar, Dr. Covington introduces a new evidence-based curriculum entitled Beyond Violence which is designed for women who are in criminal justice settings (jails, prisons, and community corrections) with histories of aggression and/or violence.  The curriculum addresses the factors that put people at risk for experiencing and/or inflicting violence.

About the Presenter

Dr. Stephanie Covington, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer.  For over twenty-five years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services.  Her extensive experience includes designing women's services at the Betty Ford Center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network TV show entitled "Breaking Down the Bars."  She has also served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna and was selected for the federal Advisory Council on Women's Services.  Educated at Columbia University and the Union Institute, Dr. Covington has served on the faculties of the University of Southern California, San Diego State University, and the California School of Professional Psychology.  She has published extensively, including six gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula.  Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of both the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice.

Suggested Participants

Anyone currently working with or planning to work with charged, incarcerated, and reentering women and/or victims of battering will benefit from this webinar.  This may include community- and system-based advocates, reentry program staff, criminal justice professionals (including probation and parole officers) and community corrections staff.

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Justice-Involved Women:  Understanding 

Trauma and Violence

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This webinar series is supported by Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K129 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

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