Our Projects

Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women (Covington & Russo, 2016)

Healing Trauma: A Brief Intervention for Women is a 6-session trauma curriculum that is designed for women who have been abused or have experienced trauma. Based upon the positive finding from the women's pilot studies, the program was added to the Segregated Housing Unit (SHU) for Women. SHU populations are typically considered non-programmable populations due to high risk of violence.

The Healing Trauma program was added as a Peer Led Model at the California Institution for Women (CIW) with high need offenders and at the Central California Women's Facility (CCWF) in the Reception Center (funding from the CDCR). 

All projects include an evaluation component contracted to EJS, assessing the pre/post changes of participants including reductions in PTSD symptomology; increased empathy and resiliency; and an increased knowledge about the lifelong impact of trauma. 

beyond violence for women (Covington, 2013)

Beyond Violence: A Prevention Program for Criminal Justice-Involved Women is designed to be used in prisons, jails and community-based correctional programs to create a trauma-informed therapeutic environment containing the following core elements: safety, trustworthiness, choice, collaboration and empowerment.   

The Beyond Violence program is implemented in the general population at the California Institution for Women and at the Central California Women's Facility (funding from CDCR). 

The findings from this Peer Led model of treatment have shown that participation in the program is associated with:

  • Decreased levels of depression

  • Decreased PTSD

  • Reductions in hostility, physical and verbal aggression, and anger

This Peer Led model of programming is currently part of a Randomized Controlled Trial at he California Institution for Women (with funding from the Department of Justice, Office of Violence against Women).

From left to right: Rochelle Leonard, Healing Trauma SHU Facilitator; Dr. Stephanie Covington, Healing Trauma Developer; Dr. Stacy Calhoun and Dr. Nena Messina, Research Directors.

From left to right: Rochelle Leonard, Healing Trauma SHU Facilitator; Dr. Stephanie Covington, Healing Trauma Developer; Dr. Stacy Calhoun and Dr. Nena Messina, Research Directors.

Exploring Trauma: Brief Intervention for Men (Covington & Rodriquez, 2016)

Based on the continued positive findings from the women's peer led models and the men's pilot study at Corcoran State Prison,  Exploring Trauma (also known as Moving Beyond Violence and Building Resilience) was added to a Level III Yard at Corcoran State Prison, a Level II Yard at the California Institution for Men.  

The project is a six session present-focused intervention that is psycho-educational and emphasizes skill-building. This is a new, innovative program for men who have both experienced abuse and been abusive toward others.

To date, pre- and post-program data have been collected and analyzed from over 500 male inmates. Collectively the findings indicate the program to be very effective with: 

  • Improvements in mental health included significant reductions in PTSD symptoms

  • All measures of Aggression showed significant improvements

  • Overall mental health functioning significantly improved

  • Significant reductions in anger and aggression

A Randomized Controlled Trial is currently being conducted at Corcoran with funding from CDCR. 

BASED ON THE SUCCESS OF EXPLORING TRAUMA ON THE POPULATION YARDS, IT WAS SUBSEQUENTLY ADDED FOR THE SHU POPULATION AT Corcoran and Pelican Bay. This innovative endeavor was the first time group programming took place in the SHU.  

Gender-Responsive Policy & Practice Assessment (Bloom, Covington, Messina, Selvaggi, & Owen, 2013)

The Gender-Responsive Policy & Practice Assessment (GRPPA) is a process designed to guide assessment of research-based, gender-responsive policies and practices in jails, prisons, and community corrections programs for women. 

The GRPPA is intended for agencies to conduct an internal analysis of what they have in place and whether it is gender-responsive, to identify gaps and to begin to develop strategies to meet their objectives in improving management of justice involved women.

We offer training, facilitation, and all related materials for the GRPPA. Additional information can be found on the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) website.

Dr. Stephanie Covington - Curricula Developer, Peer Facilitator and Beyond Violence graduate.

Dr. Stephanie Covington - Curricula Developer, Peer Facilitator and Beyond Violence graduate.

gender responsive community reentry protocol

The GEO Group, Inc., strives to offer evidence-based, gender-responsive, and trauma-informed policies, protocols, and programs that meet the unique needs of female offenders under their care. As such, EJS created a Gender Responsive Community Re-entry Protocol for the McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility outlining step-by-step instructions for appropriate staff training, client assessment, case management, community follow-up, and program quality assurance (fidelity and evaluation) with regard to women reentering the community from prison. 

McFarland Female Community Reentry Facility: Courtesy of the GEO Group.