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Coverdale Courtwork Society receives funding from the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to support their Beyond Trauma Workshop for Women.

Halifax, NS – April 2016

Coverdale Courtwork Society is very pleased to have received funding from The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia to support their Beyond Trauma Program for Women.  Beyond Trauma is a 4-session trauma-informed program designed for women who have witnessed and/or experienced traumatic events.   Finding life beyond trauma is about making positive changes and living life well after a traumatic event.

The Beyond Trauma program focuses on assisting women in identifying and understanding what has occurred in the past that has been traumatizing. Using a strengths-based approach, sessions are condensed into specific target areas: teaching women about trauma and abuse, helping them understand typical reactions to trauma and abuse, and developing coping skills.  

There is growing recognition of the complex needs of women with dual diagnoses of substance abuse and mental health disorders. Research indicates that 55% to 99% of women with co-occurring disorders have experienced trauma from abuse and that abused women tend to engage in self-destructive behaviors. These women often are not well served by the services found in their communities, which separate substance abuse and mental health programs, despite the fact that research shows that integrated, trauma-informed treatment services will increase the success of their recovery.    The findings indicated less substance use, less depression, and fewer trauma symptoms —including anxiety, sleep disturbances, and dissociation—as a result of participation in trauma-informed programs and workshops.

“The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia is so proud to support the healing work of Coverdale Courtwork Society,” says Starr Dobson, President and CEO of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia. “We know The Beyond Trauma Program will help impact positive change in the lives of its participants, and the lives of those around them.”

Funding necessary to deliver this program has been provided through the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia’s Community Grants program.   Grants are made available several times a year to community organizations or individuals seeking funding to operate programs and services with a mental health mandate.

Trauma, which means ‘injured’ in Greek, relates to a serious disruption in your way of seeing yourself and the world. Trauma rips apart your former sense of who you are, what you know, and what you can trust. The troubling feelings and thoughts and relationship patterns that grow out of the original trauma can be difficult to untangle. Research indicates that 92% of women involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system have witnessed and/or experienced trauma and abuse.

It is very common for these women to keep re-experiencing the traumatic event in patterns that never let them settle down, recover, or make meaning of what happened to them.  Beyond Trauma is a program that is focused on helping women work through traumatic events. The program presents participants the opportunity to explore skills and resources that encourage and support positive changes that can make their world feel safe again - re-creating the world, sometimes from the ground up.

Types of Abuse and Trauma

·         Domestic Violence

·         Physical Abuse

·         Sexual Abuse or Rape

·         Childhood Abuse

·         Male Victimization

·         Substance abuse and effects

·         Witness violence

·         Any other experience that has been causing physical or emotional distress

Coverdale Courtwork Society is a not-for-profit organization that provides supports and services for women and girls involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.  We provide year-round programming that encourages and promotes education, awareness, prevention and intervention. Our programs and services actively support healthy living. Perhaps most importantly we provide a safe and supportive space in which women can grow to become strong, empowered, and productive...full citizens in our communities.  Coverdale has been serving woman and girls in our community for over 30 years.

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