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There are a number of curricula which assist service providers in designing and delivering programming for women with trauma, mental health and substance use concerns. Below are links to some of that are most often used.

  • Addiction and Trauma Recovery Integration Model (ATRIUM) by Dusty Miller. This curriculum consists of 12-sessions that explore the effects of trauma on the mind, body, and spirit and the recovery process. It has been used in a variety of settings and with both men and women.
  • Risking Connection® offered by The Sidran Institute is a training curriculum for organization to build trauma –informed services. Focusing on healthy and respectful connections between service providers and services users, they also offer specialized trainings and consultation regarding trauma-informed practices.
  • Sanctuary Model® -- a model for changing and restructuring organizations to be trauma-informed and non-violent. Using a whole-culture approach, this model has been adopted by a variety of settings including shelters, juvenile justice programs, and inpatient mental health settings. It is gender-informed and brings a non-violence lens to all areas of an organization.
  • Seeking Safety – widely used curriculum by Lisa Najavits for Stage I trauma support. There are 25 topics that can be presented individually and in any order. The focus is on creating safety internally and externally.
  • Stephanie Covington has developed a number of  curricula including Beyond Trauma and Women in Recovery for women with addictions, and Voices for girls and young women.  She also leads trauma and addictions workshops and trainings for service providers and organizations in public, private and criminal justice settings.
  • Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM) offered by Community Connections in Washington DC, has a women-specific curriculum which consists of 29 sessions. It focuses on empowerment, education about trauma, and building coping skills. Dr. Maxine Harris and Dr. Roger Fallot, researchers for the Women Co-occurring Disorders and Violence study, are associated with Community Connections and TREM.


Trauma Informed Care: Practical Solutions for Patients, Providers and Organizations
Speaker: Sheela Raja, PhD

Follow above link to register to view archived presentation and download the slides. Dr. Raja reviews prevalence and connections of trauma.  She suggests practical ways to promote safety and prevent retraumatization in a variety of health settings including using universal trauma precautions.

Presented on February 7, 2011 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of their series “The Impact of Trauma on Women and Girls Across the Lifespan.”

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