Gateway Foundation Professionals Refine Gender-Specific Expertise

As part of Gateway Foundation’s commitment to providing individuals effective treatment tailored to specific needs, Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment recognizes the benefits of using evidence-based gender-specific therapies in treating substance abuse. To further the expertise of professionals who specialize in treating women with drug alcohol abuse issues, Gateway Foundation partnered with leading expert in women’s treatment, Dr. Stephanie S. Covington, to lead a two-day intensive training in Chicago.

Pictured: Dr. Stephanie S. Covington and Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Clinical Director Dr. Phil Welches

Dr. Covington is a nationally recognized clinician, author, and organizational consultant. 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 and private settings.

Dr. Covington guided 36 Gateway Foundation counselors and program managers through various approaches featured in her curricula on April 19-20, 2012 at The Adler School of Psychiatry in Chicago. The training focused on gender-sensitive addiction treatment for women covered in Dr. Covington’s curricula, which addressed: sense of self, relationships, sexuality, spirituality, trauma-related issues and a woman’s way through the 12 steps.

“The training was especially worthwhile for Gateway Foundation’s clinical team since we use Dr. Stephanie Covington’s curricula in all of our residential programs that provide addiction treatment for women. Our substance abuse treatment professionals had the opportunity to hone in on more complex approaches to enhance their gender-specific expertise and ask Dr. Covington questions related to their on-the-job experiences,” says Dr. Phil Welches, Clinical Director at Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment.

Gateway Foundation finds Dr. Covington’s curricula to be effective tools, as part of a multi-disciplinary integrated approach, for helping women in recovery. Gateway currently uses the following curricula: “Helping Women Recover” and “A Woman’s Way through the Twelve-Steps,” as well as trauma-specific curricula, such as “Beyond Trauma” and “Healing Trauma.”

Attendees valued the opportunity to learn from a pioneer in women’s issue and an addiction expert, expressing their positive sentiments:

“Dr. Covington’s knowledge, experience and communication are amazing and inspiring.”

“I enjoyed the interaction and group participation in addition to the discussion about women’s sense of self in relationship to others.”

“I loved all of it; in particular, the exercises, studies and role playing with stories and experiences of past clients.”

“Thank you so much. This training was invaluable.”

Dr. Stephanie S. Covington leading the training seminar

About Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment Centers
Every year Gateway Foundation Alcohol & Drug Treatment helps thousands of adults and teens get their life back on track and gives renewed hope to those who care about them. With 50 years of treatment experience, our specialists take the time to understand of the specific needs of each individual. We then develop a customized treatment plan with recommendations for the most appropriate care based on an individual's substance abuse and mental health history. As the largest provider of alcohol and drug abuse treatment in Illinois, Gateway has 11 treatment centers throughout the state. Gateway outpatient and residential substance abuse treatment programs are not one-size fits all, but unique treatment plans that give an individual the highest chance for a successful outcome. With insurance acceptance and a track record of success, Gateway Treatment Centers help thousands of individual’s successfully complete treatment each year, and find the hope they need to live again.

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