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A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery | October 2021

A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery Virtual Training

Join the experts at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for a live, online training of A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery.


Next Training Duration Program Fee
October 19th - October 22nd 9:00am - 1:00pm PT $540.00


Training Overview

A Young Man’s Guide to Self-Mastery is an invaluable resource for practitioners in mental health clinics, juvenile justice facilities, and residential and outpatient facilities who are working with adolescents who have a masculine experience of the world. This is designed for a wide range of youth, including those who are transgender or nonbinary. It is a trauma-informed, gender-responsive treatment program that addresses the impacts of socialization and adverse (traumatic) life experiences and how these contribute to impaired critical thinking, trouble in dealing with emotions, antisocial behavior, and substance misuse. This 14-session program helps participants to understand the effects of adversity and trauma in their lives, develop healthy senses of themselves, understand their emotions, increase their communication skills, better understand their sexual and gender identities, and build healthy relationships. It incorporates grounding techniques, experiential learning activities, discussion groups, and written assignments in an atmosphere of safety and of mutual learning. The comprehensive facilitator’s guide explains the theoretical foundation and real-life connection between trauma and substance use, and provides clear guidelines and strategies for conducting the program.  


Topics to be covered:

  • Developing gender-responsive services
  • The world of boys
  • Theoretical foundation
  • Becoming trauma informed and trauma responsive
  • Boys in juvenile justice settings
  • Specific interactive activities
    • Myself
    • Communication and Connections
    • Relationships
    • Healthy Living

Who Should Attend?

This interactive virtual training is designed for practitioners in mental health clinics, juvenile justice facilities, and residential and outpatient facilities who are working with adolescents who have a masculine experience of the world. 


What Will You Learn?

Following this training, attendees will learn to:

  • Recognize the world of boys/young men
  • Discuss gender differences
  • Explore elements of gender- and trauma-informed services
  • Demonstrate specific therapeutic strategies





Program Faculty


Dr. Stephanie S. Covington is a nationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the field of women's issues, addiction, and recovery. She has developed an innovative, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed approach to the treatment needs of women and girls that results in effective services in public, private, and institutional settings.

Her presentations, staff-development seminars, and technical assistance focus on systems change and the development of caring, compassionate, and empowering therapeutic environments. They provide professionals an opportunity to learn new skills for dealing with personal, institutional, and societal changes and are always in demand, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Covington's clients include the Betty Ford Treatment Center, the Hanley Center, Pine Grove Women's Center, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment in Washington, D.C., the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, and numerous other treatment and correctional settings. Dr. Covington was a workshop chair for the women's treatment improvement protocol (TIP) and the trauma TIP (published by CSAT) and is the co-author of a three-year research project, Gender-Responsive Strategies: Research, Practice, and Guiding Principles for Women Offenders, for the National Institute of Corrections. This publication received the American Probation and Parole Association's University of Cincinnati Award for its outstanding contribution to the field of corrections in the U.S. and Canada.

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, and she is a former chair of the Women's Committee of the International Council on Alcoholism and Addiction. She is a board-certified Diplomat of the National Association of Social Workers, the American Board of Sexology, and the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists, and is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She has also served on the Advisory Council for Women's Services for the federal agency SAMHSA. She was the featured consultant and therapist on the Oprah Winfrey Network docu-reality show entitled Breaking Down the Bars.

Dr. Covington is based in La Jolla, California, where she is co-director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice, which seeks to expand gender-responsive policies and practices for females who are under criminal justice supervision.


Co-Author and Trainer

Roberto Rodriguez, MA, LMFT, LADC, has over 15 years of experience in the field of addiction treatment. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Saint Mary’s University in Minneapolis.

Roberto has worked in intensive outpatient settings and residential settings, with a focus on treatment for adolescents, men, couples, and families. He is the CEO of Family Recovery Resource Experts (FRre) in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and is the founder of The Family Hub, a 501(3)c nonprofit created to deliver quality mental and behavioral services to underserved families in the Twin Cities.

Roberto is a co-author of two publications with Dr. Stephanie Covington: Exploring Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Men and A Young Man’s Guide to Self-Mastery. He is also highly experienced in facilitating Helping Men Recover groups (providing co-occurring disorder, gender-responsive, trauma-informed services for men).


Educational Credit

Following the successful completion of the entire program, attendees will earn 13 CEs through NBCC and NAADAC and will be emailed a digital certificate at no additional fee.

To register, please call 1-800-328-9000.

Contact Us

A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery is available for purchase or as an online subscription on Hazelden On Demand. Get in touch by calling 1-800-328-9000 to learn more about bringing the benefits of A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery to your organization.


Questions, ADA requests, inquiries to bring A Young Man's Guide to Self-Mastery training to your organization or cancelations three days prior to training date? Please contact Jessi Milkey, Client Relations Manager, at


The Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is an NBCC approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP # 6547, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  This course has been approved by Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits, NAADAC Provider #77968. Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies is responsible for all aspects of its programming. Participants are required to keep their certificate for a minimum of six years. For information about this continuing education program, please contact the Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies, P.O. Box 11 CO9, Center City, Minnesota 55012, 1-651-213-4538.



The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is a force of healing and hope for individuals, families and communities affected by addiction to alcohol and other drugs. As the nation's leading nonprofit provider of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment for adults and youth, the Foundation has 17 locations nationwide and collaborates with an expansive network throughout health care. With a legacy that began in 1949 and includes the 1982 founding of the Betty Ford Center, the Foundation today also encompasses a graduate school of addiction studies, a publishing division, an addiction research center, recovery advocacy and thought leadership, professional and medical education programs, school-based prevention resources and a specialized program for children who grow up in families with addiction.

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