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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 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.

Additional Materials:
Community Report
SEEDs Toolkit



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

Professor, Educational Psychology

Katie Edwards is a professor in the department of educational psychology.

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Laura Siller

Postdoctoral Scholar, CYFS

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