Episode 51: "Trauma Informed Care "

Dr. Stephanie S. Covington | MSW, Ph.D.

Episode 51

Show Notes

Guest: Dr. Stephanie S. Covington | MSW, Ph.D.

Date: September 18, 2022

Dr. Stephanie Covington

Today, we’re joined by Dr. Stephanie Covington, an internationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer.

Listen in as Dr. Covington shares her upcoming appearance at the MARRCH Conference this October 24-26, 2022, during which she will give a keynote speech called “The Addiction-Trauma Connection”.

She then speaks on her journey in the recovery field and her particular focus on helping to improve interventions for women. She highlights the issue that treatment was originally designed for men, and so problems specific to women are often largely undressed. Further, there is often reluctance to share certain gender-specific struggles in mixed groups.

Dr. Covington also talks about her bestselling recovery book, A Woman’s Way through The Twelve Steps and cautions against becoming too committed to a single approach to treatment since every patient is different.

Finally,Dr. Covington explains why the impact of trauma has been largely unacknowledged in the recovery field for so long, and her best practices that facilities and therapists would do well to improve their effectiveness in addressing trauma. She says that those seeking services need to see treatment centers as safe places, so that they are encouraged to open up and be led.

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • [03:45] Dr. Covington’s keynote speech at this year’s MARRCH Conference
  • [05:47] Why Dr. Covington developed an interest in the fields of addiction, trauma, and recovery
  • [09:55] Why co-ed treatment groups do more harm than good
  • [18:06] Considerations around men running female groups
  • [23:29] About Dr. Covington’s bestselling recovery book, A Woman’s Way through The Twelve Steps
  • [26:40] What to offer someone who is unwilling to go through the Twelve Steps
  • [30:04] Why it’s vital to address trauma as soon as possible
  • [34:08] What can be improved in the field when it comes to addressing trauma
  • [37:31] Dr. Covington’s describe her work
  • [43:08] About Dr. Covington’s upcoming book

Key Quotes by Dr. Covington:

  • Research shows that women do better in women-only treatment groups than in co-ed.
  • It’s very hard for small programs to run gender-responsive treatment. It’s not impossible. It’s just hard. Women are better off in a group of two than they are in the group of ten men.
  • When it comes to the effects of trauma, we’ve gone from denying to acknowledging, and we’ve gone from acknowledging to actually providing services.

You can’t change your family, but you can change yourself.

Stephanie’s contact information

Stephanie’s Books

A Woman’s Way through The Twelve Steps

A Young Man’s Guide to Self-Mastery

Awakening Your Sexuality

Beyond Anger and Violence: A Program for Women

Exploring Trauma+: Brief Intervention for Men and Gender-Diverse People (2nd Edition)

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction 2nd Edition

Helping Men Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction (Criminal Justice)

Helping Women Recover: A Program for Treating Addiction

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