stephanie s. covington, phd, lcsw, is an internationally recognized clinician, organizational consultant, and lecturer. for more than thirty-five years her work has focused on the creation of gender-responsive and trauma-informed services. her extensive experience includes designing women’s services at the betty ford center, developing programs for women in criminal justice settings, and being the featured therapist on the oprah winfrey network tv show entitled breaking down the bars. she has also served as a consultant to the united nations office on drugs and crime (unodc) in vienna and was selected for the federal advisory committee for women’s services (acws). educated at columbia university and the union institute, dr. covington has conducted seminars for behavioral health professionals, community organizations, criminal justice professionals, and recovery groups in the united states, canada, mexico, europe, africa, iceland, and new zealand. she has served on the faculties of the university of southern california, san diego state university, and the california school of professional psychology. she has published extensively, including ten gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment curricula. dr. covington is based in la jolla, california, where she is co- director of both the institute for relational development and the center for gender and justice.