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Female Gangs

We offer a series of workbooks specific to young women who join gangs. These workbooks address needs and risk factors underlying joining a gang, gang involvement, leaving a gang, and the gang "mindset." Participants identify their personal risk factors and develop action plans to address these issues. Resources on this page are useful in gang intervention and gang prevention contexts.

Each portion of a comprehensive girl gangs' intervention curriculum includes lesson planning suggestions and identifies appropriate New Jersey Department of Education Core Curriculum Content Standards. We can adapt these materials to conform to other state curriculum standards.

Resources on this page include:

Sample Program Models

The models listed here are samples of programs we have done in the past. When you buy our materials, we help you tailor the materials to your needs. We can address adult female issues (gang intervention, often in a correctional setting) or issues related to juveniles at risk for joining girl gangs (a gang prevention program).

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Adult Female Program Model — a comprehensive CBT and MI/MET model, generally for adult women. [PDF]

Juvenile Female Program Model — a comprehensive CBT and MI/MET gang prevention model showing four stages of change, useful in dealing with girl gangs. [PDF]

Gang Intervention Workbooks

1 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Gang issues 2 core workbooks (14 sessions) and 8 key lessons (16 sessions) address needs and risk factors underlying gang activity, the gang "mind set," and selected gang issues.
2 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Female gang issues 2 workbooks (24 sessions) address issues specific to young women and gangs.
3 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Anger and violence program resources 6 workbooks (46 sessions) address the risk factors underlying gang aggression and violence. Additionally, students identify their personal triggers and risk factors - and develop action plans to address these issues.
4 Womenís issues 8 workbooks (36 sessions) address womenís issues in relationships, domestic violence, and substance abuse.
5 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Returning Home 14 workbooks and four short activities (75 sessions) address common issues involved in community reintegration. These are highly interactive materials, and critical to successful gang-avoidance, violence avoidance, and recovery.
6 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Vocational Program Resources 20 lessons addressing work and employment issues.
7 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Managing your anger 36 one-hour lessons, addressing anger and violence management, basic communication skills, refusal skills, and conflict resolution.
8 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Identifying and Changing your Stinking Thinking 52 specific issues, including issues underlying gang activity and criminal values (criminogenic thinking).
9 Phoenix Gang Intervention Curriculum: Program Activities This series of 60 program activities is designed to facilitate class participation, group involvement and cooperation, and self-disclosure. Many are based on traditional experiential learning approaches. They range from 10-50 minutes, and provide a "change of pace" for participants and staff.
10 New Freedom Program Binder #1 (female secure care program) 6 workbooks (28 sessions) and 4 activities (6 sessions) address issues underlying gang activity and other problem behaviors. Topics include violence at home, problems at home, multiple dependencies, and individual risk factors.
11 New Freedom Program Binder #2 (female secure care program) 7 workbooks, and 4 program activities (53 sessions) addressing feelings and issues underlying problem behaviors, including gang activity. The materials focus on accelerating the process of individual change (moving from "contemplation" to "action").
12 New Freedom Program Binder #3 (female secure care program) 6 key wordbooks (54 sessions) and supplementary workbooks and individual lessons (18 sessions) guide the development and application of critical coping skills (refusal skills, escape skills, conflict avoidance, relaxation skills, longer-term life planning, and risk factors management. The goal of these materials is the development of "self-efficacy," critical to success in avoiding future problems.
13 Teacherís Manual & Security Staff Manual Designed for initial staff development and in-service training.
14 Community Aftercare 25-40 hour program.
15 Community Programs Selected resources from the above programs.
16 Substance abuse program resources (female) Selected resources from the above programs, supported by detailed treatment planning guidance.
17 Community detention and diversion program materials 30-session program.

Women's Issues

These gender-specific specific materials addressing specific issues in women's lives, including abuse, violence, relationships, and health. These issues should be address to build self-efficacy in a comprehensive gang intervention or gang prevention program. This resource can be helpful to address issues in girl gangs (both intervention and gang prevention programs).

W1 Especially for women: drug abuse, relapse....and recovery This workbook provides the counselor and clients with a variety of issues and activities, each of which addresses a facet of the different nature of women's abuse, relapse and recovery issues. It can be used in a variety of ways: as a class or group workbook, as a series of topics and activities for individual and group discussion, or as an individual assignment.
W2 Healthy relationships and healthy boundaries Women will identify: family-of-origin boundary issues, personal warning signs that boundaries need to be set; personal experiences and effects of physical, emotional, sexual and verbal abuse, and drug/alcohol use as a result of boundary violations. Additionally, client will identify areas where difficulties have recently been experienced in setting boundaries and develop an action plan to start setting boundaries for specific personal problem situations. Clients will practice assertion messages to be used in setting boundaries for current issues and use practice scenarios for setting boundaries.
W3 Control! (issues and answers for women) Identifies and addresses range of controlling behaviors (including manipulation) and control issues and links controlling with dependencies. Topics include need to control feelings and controlling of others.
W7 Avoiding your old relationships traps This workbook explores some of the issues and situations which caused trouble in past relationships. In many cases, problems in relationships are triggers to relapse. Clients are guided to explore and evaluate solutions for common situations or "traps" which affect women in their relationships.
W8 Avoiding your old family traps Many young women are at risk to return to old dysfunctional family patterns. They may continue to experience the consequences of family neglect, abandonment, abuse, or addiction. This workbook identifies some of these old family "traps" and provides options. An important component is the identification of typical dysfunctional family roles.
W9 Self-Esteem And Identity Written examples address common issues relating to self-esteem for girls and young women.
W10 Relationships and Friendships Addresses typical thinking underlying codependent behavior and relationships, as well as other dysfunctional relationship behavior.
W11 Surviving Abuse And Trauma: Strategies For Having A Great Life Stress and trauma resource, including for PTSD.
W12 Self-image and body image Identify and address specific issues in body image, self-image, and self-esteem.
W13 Eating issues Identify and address issues of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, obesity, and compulsive overeating. Note: most sections of this workbook support motivational enhancement therapy (MET).
W14 Life at Home This short workbook is designed to help clients start to discuss family issues (neglect, abuse, abandonment, or addictions) with program staff.
W16 Pre-Natal Care Guidance for young women who are, or who may become, pregnant.
W17 Basic women's health issues Discusses health issues common and specific to women.
W19 Women And The Community Shows women how they can make a difference in their community. Uses examples of prominent women who have overcome adversity.
W20 Issues with prostitution Addresses risk factors, contributing factors, sexual abuse, victimization, running away, health issues and consequences, self-esteem issues, male-female relationship issues, boyfriends and prostitution, gangs and prostitution, consequences, healing emotional wounds, dissociation, "Where do I go from here?"
W21 Compulsive Gambling Helps identify and address compulsive gambling issues.
W22 Self-injury Identify and address self-injury behavior.

Gang prevention and gang intervention programs for adult females and juvenile females in or at risk of joining girl gangs can use many of the above resources.


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