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The Story of SEEDs: Trauma-Informed and Gender-Responsive Sober Living Homes for Women with Histories of Addiction and Victimization

Successes and challenges of a trauma-informed, gender-responsive, sober living safe home program for women with histories of substance abuse and domestic and/or sexual violence were highlighted in an Oct. 19 online presentation.

Hosted by the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory — part of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools — and the National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN) this online presentation provided an overview of the history, mission and operating procedures of the Support, Education, Empowerment and Directions (SEEDs) program.

Discussion topics included costs associated with running SEEDs, program implementation barriers, lessons learned and next steps for continued sustainability. Current and past program participants shared success stories of promoting recovery among women with histories of addiction and victimization, and answered questions about their experiences in the program.

This virtual presentation is recommended for practitioners, advocates, students and policymakers wishing to gain insight into the development and impact of a trauma-informed, gender-responsive sober living home for women with co-occurring addiction and domestic and/or sexual violence.

Presenters


MonaLou-Callery

MonaLou Callery

Founder and Executive Director of The National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN)

MonaLou Callery is the founder and Executive Director of The National Advocacy & Training Network (NATN).

katie-edwards

Katie Edwards

Associate Professor, CYFS

Katie Edwards is an associate professor at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

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laura-siller

Laura Siller

Postdoctoral Scholar, CYFS

Laura Siller is a postdoctoral scholar at the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools.

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Laura Siller


Laura Siller is a postdoctoral research associate at CYFS providing leadership and analytic support to the Interpersonal Violence Research Laboratory. Her work broadly focuses on the prevention, intervention and criminal justice system response to gender-based violence, with an emphasis on historically marginalized and underserved populations. Siller uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to examine a variety of research topics, including the risk and protective factors associated with sexual and partner violence, the recovery process of sexual and partner violence survivors, and how to improve the criminal justice system’s response to sexual and partner violence survivors. Siller holds a doctorate in criminology and justice policy, with a specialization in sexual and partner violence, from Northeastern University.