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Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis

Learn how to create trauma-informed, gender-responsive services for teen girls who are experiencing a crisis.

Growing numbers of teen girls are experiencing sexual victimization, involvement in the juvenile justice system, and homelessness. Interpersonal violence is a dominant and recurring theme in their lives. This webinar will provide an overview of the elements needed for creating trauma-informed, gender-responsive services to build the environment girls need in order to flourish, and the core values needed for effective programming. After completing this webinar, participants will have a clear understanding of the foundational principles for transforming organizational culture and for enhancing services, which are grounded in theory, research, and clinical expertise. This session brings a message of hope and urgency for supporting girls in crisis.

Participants will be able to summarize:

  • Girls at risk
  • Interpersonal violence and complex trauma in girls’ lives
  • Effective interventions and programming for young women
  • Principles for establishing safe and nurturing program environments

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Featured Speakers

Stephanie Covington, Ph.D.Stephanie Covington, Ph.D., LCSW —
Center For Gender And Justice

Dr. Covington is a nationally recognized clinician, author, organizational consultant, and lecturer. She is a pioneer in the field of girl's and women's issues, addiction, and recovery. Dr. Covington is co-director of the Institute for Relational Development and the Center for Gender and Justice. 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. She is the author of several books, articles, research studies and curricula including Voices: A Program of Self-Discovery and Empowerment for Girls and Beyond Trauma: A Healing Journey for Women.

Jeannette Pai-Esponosa, Ed.D.Jeannette Pai-Esponosa, Ed.D. —
The National Crittenton Foundation

Ms. Pai-Espinosa serves as the President of the National Crittenton Foundation, a 130-year-old institution that serves as the national umbrella for the 27 members of the Crittenton family of agencies providing services in 32 states and the District of Columbia. Ms. Pai-Espinosa has more than 35 years of experience in advocacy, education, intercultural communication, public policy, strategic communication, program development, and direct service delivery. She is currently Chair of the National Foster Care Coalition, Co-Director of the National Girls Institute of the Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Project for Girls.

Kimberly Sokoloff SelvaggiKimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi —
TaylorLane Consulting, Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc.

Kimberly Sokoloff Selvaggi is an experienced lecturer, trainer, consultant and technical assistance provider. She is currently the Executive Director for Living in Safe Alternatives. Ms. Selvaggi is president of TaylorLane Consulting and is co-author of the Trauma Informed Effective Reinforcement System (TIER) for Girls, which offers a comprehensive, gender-responsive program model for residential programs and facilities; La Mariposa, a personal empowerment program for girls; and SPEAK Up! Youth-Led Advocacy Program for Girls. Ms. Selvaggi was recently named Executive Director at Living in Safe Alternatives, Inc. which provides independent living, group homes for girls, and community based life skills programs for system-involved youth.

Earn 1.5 CEHs While Updating Your Knowledge on Adolescent Girls

ATTCNAADAC and NBCC CEHs are available through the ATTC Network Coordinating Office. These CEHs are also recognized by many other licensing boards; contact your licensing board for more information. There is no charge for CEHs during the live webinars; simply complete a test at the end of the webinar.

Online Course: Sanctuary and Supports for Girls in Crisis at HealtheKnowledge.org (Course requires registration)

Last Updated: 09/26/2017