NCDVTMH Launches a Webinar Series on Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence

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.


2015 – 2016

Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Survivors of Trauma: An Introduction

Over the past several years, there has been a growing awareness of the benefits of mindfulness-based approaches for healing from interpersonal trauma. The first webinar of the series featured Mary Ann Dutton, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown-Howard University Medical Center and Associate Director for the Center for Trauma and the Community. During the webinar, Dr. Dutton provided an overview of mindfulness-based practice and ways that mindfulness-based approaches may be helpful to survivors of interpersonal trauma, including domestic and sexual violence. The webinar also provided a detailed discussion of the rationale, feasibility, and preliminary effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training as a trauma-specific intervention.

link → Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence


Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women

The second webinar of this series provided an overview of the Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women program, designed by Stephanie Covington, PhD, LCSW. The revised edition of this program 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 webinar also included a brief discussion on adapting the curriculum for girls and introduced the revised six session Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women.

link → Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence


Beyond Anger and Violence: A Program for Women

The third webinar of the series featured Dr. Covington’s Beyond Anger and Violence: A Program for Women, a new manualized curriculum for women who struggle with the issue of anger. The curriculum can be used to offer groups within community settings, including domestic violence programs. 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 included information on the guiding theory of the intervention as well as the structure and content needed for running groups.

link → Trauma-Focused Interventions for Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence


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Also as part of this overarching initiative, NCDVTMH recently completed a literature review of currently available interventions designed specifically for responding to the traumatic effects of domestic and sexual violence: NCDVTMH Review of Trauma-Specific Treatment in the Context of Domestic Violence.

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