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Voices: A Girls' Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment | October 2021

Voices: A Girls’ Program to Self-Discovery and Empowerment Virtual Training

Join the experts at the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation for a live, online training of Voices: A Girls’ Program to Self-Discovery and Empowerment.


Next Training Duration Program Fee
October 5th - October 8th 9:00am - 1:00pm PT $540.00


Training Overview

Voices: A Program of Self- Discovery and Empowerment for Girls. Today we are hearing more about girls and bullying, the pressures of social media, early puberty, gender exploration, human sex trafficking, and binge drinking. Texting, social media, and online or “in real life” (IRL) friends are part of the changes in girls’ social lives. These are some of the topics added to the 2nd edition. It is designed to encourage girls and young women to find and express themselves. The program materials (facilitator’s guide and participant’s journal) can be used in schools, treatment facilities, and juvenile justice settings. This training describes the world of girls, as well as providing an overview of the elements needed for creating gender- and trauma-responsive services. The focus is on interactive exercises that demonstrate the strategies that counselors can use with girls and young women. The topics covered include developing a positive sense of self, building healthy relationships, substance misuse, physical and emotional wellness, sexuality and planning for a positive future.


Topics to be covered:

  • Developing gender-responsive services
  • The world of girls
  • Theoretical foundation
  • Becoming trauma informed and trauma responsive
  • Girls in juvenile justice settings
  • Specific interactive activities
    • Self
    • Relationships
    • Healthy Living (physical, emotional, and spiritual)
    • The Journey Ahead




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 girls. 


What Will You Learn?

Following this training, attendees will learn to:

  • Understand the world of girls/young women
  • Discuss gender differences
  • Explore elements of gender- and trauma-informed services
  • Demonstrate specific therapeutic strategies
  • List and describe five yoga poses or grounding exercises for girls







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.



Candice Norcott, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an assistant professor at the University of Chicago in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience. Her work encompasses providing trauma-informed, reproductive health services to adolescent girls and young women. She also is the Director of Graduate Medical Education Wellbeing for the University of Chicago, where she brings a trauma-informed approach to resident physician wellbeing. Dr. Norcott completed her graduate education at the University of Connecticut and her pre- and postdoctoral training at Yale University.

Dr. Norcott speaks internationally on issues related to trauma, gender, and race. She was featured on both seasons of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” and was a guest on Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk as an expert discussing the impact of sexual abuse on girls and young women. She also offers training on the intersections of race, gender, and trauma.

Dr. Norcott is a certified training associate for Dr. Stephanie Covington’s trauma-informed and gender-responsive curricula. She has trained for Dr. Covington both in the U.S. and abroad, including treatment centers for adolescent substance misuse, mental health programs, and substance-use disorder programs in criminal justice settings. She has facilitated Voices groups in Connecticut detention and treatment facilities and has participated in the development of the A Women’s Way through The Twelve Steps training DVD. She also provides consultation on and monitors program fidelity for other Covington curricula.


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

Voices: A Girls’ Program to Self-Discovery and Empowerment 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 Voices: A Girls’ Program to Self-Discovery and Empowerment to your organization.


Questions, ADA requests, inquiries to bring Voices: A Girls' Program to Self-Discovery and Empowerment 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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