Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the Resonance Center for Women, Inc. is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing a support system for women facing life’s obstacles. With a primary goal of helping female offenders get back on their feet and succeed, Resonance Center for Women was opened by widower Eleanor Hill in 1977. She knew from personal experience the need for women in crisis to have a support system and established Resonance on the premises of the St. John’s Episcopal Church. With a group of volunteers, Resonance Center offers services that included free listening sessions, on-going support and educational workshops.
Over time, Resonance has evolved into a dually credited, female-specific, outpatient drug and alcohol treatment facility. The staff is working to change Oklahoma’s distinction of having the highest per-capita female incarceration rate in the world and the facility provides re-entry services, job counseling and partnerships with agencies such as Drug Court to help former female inmates to re-build their lives.
Treatment and Staff
Resonance therapists provide clients both individual and group therapy to identify the root causes that led to substance and alcohol abuse and resulted in the loss of jobs, children, homes and—when applicable—to incarceration.
The facility accepts clients referred by the courts into diversion programs, Probation and Parole, Temporary Assistance for needy families and Child Welfare. It also accepts a limited number of self-referred clients for basic substance abuse treatment. The outpatient program lasts anywhere between 90 days and three years. While treatment is not 12-Step oriented, AA/NA meetings are hosted on-site.
Clients attend individual sessions depending on their needs and progress through four phases of recovery. Phase one typically requires one hour of weekly treatment, phase two is one hour every two weeks, phrase three is one hour every three weeks and phase four is one hour of treatment per month.
While staff primarily treats substance abuse issues, clients who are diagnosed with co-occurring issues are also treated and appropriate referrals for mental health medications are provided. Although the facility does not have a staff doctor, clients needing medical attention are also given appropriate referrals. It does not offer detox.
The clinical and re-entry program staff consists of a Clinical Director, Reentry Program Supervisor, Therapists, Reentry Program Case Manager, Clinical Assistant/Case Manager and Mentor Coordinator. The team consists of LPCs, Master’s-level CSWs, LADCs, Behavioral Health Case Management (BHCM) and Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) professionals. The staff-to-client ratio is one-to-25 for an active caseload.
Resonance also provides Reentry Support Services for non-violent female offenders housed at Eddie Warrior Correction Facility in Taft, Oklahoma and at Turley Residential Center just outside of Tulsa.
Working individually with offenders three to six months before release, the facility arranges tools and resources that focus on job readiness, locating sober living facilities, participation in substance abuse education and or treatment, family reunification, transportation and securing crucial documents for housing and employment.
The facility’s other reentry program, Choosing to Change, is offered at the Turley Residential Center. The comprehensive eight-week program has partnerships with employers, education providers, professional mentors, domestic violence services and others to provide an all-inclusive opportunity for incarcerated women to successfully transition into a responsible and substance-free life. Over eight weeks, Resonance conducts weekly sessions that focus on relapse prevention, job readiness training, employment mentoring, computer training, relationship education and Yoga/Pilates.
Resonance Center for Women, Inc. offers gender specific outpatient substance abuse treatment. It is the only community outpatient facility that caters to women and tailors many of its programs to formerly incarcerated women looking to rebuild their lives. By incorporating traditional therapy and evidence-based methods of treatment, women are given the tools to develop independence and support for lasting recovery.
Resonance Center for Women, Inc.
1608 S. Elwood Ave
Tulsa, OK 74119
Resonance Center for Women, Inc. Cost: By referral. Reach Resonance Center for Women, Inc by phone at (918)-587-3888 or by email at [email protected]. Find Resonance Center for Women on Facebook and Twitter
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