Welcome to the Trauma Center

The Trauma Center is a program of Justice Resource Institute (JRI), a large nonprofit organization dedicated to social justice by offering hope and promise of fulfillment to children, adults, and families who are at risk of not receiving effective services essential to their safety, progress, and/or survival. The Executive Director of the Trauma Center is Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., and the Medical Director and Founder of the Trauma Center is Bessel van der Kolk, MD, who is an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychological trauma.

The Trauma Center provides comprehensive services to traumatized children and adults and their families at the main office in Brookline.

In addition to clinical services, The Trauma Center offers training, consultation, and educational programming for post-graduate mental health professionals. Our Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies has state-of-the-art seminars, lectures and supervision groups. Our monthly Lecture Series is open to all mental health professionals.

The Trauma Center Research Department is housed at our Brookline location and is also directed by Dr. van der Kolk. The Research Department conducts studies on traumatic memory and how treatment effects trauma survivors' minds, bodies, and brains.

At this Web site you will find a wealth of information – on our clinical services, on our training, consultation and education programs, and on Dr. van der Kolk and others' research and theories. Whether you are in therapy or a therapist, a student or a scholar, a lawyer or a judge, a representative of the media, you can learn a great deal here.

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NEW! Earn Continuing Education Credit by reading Trauma Center-led national research on the effects of childhood emotional abuse and neglect.

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Join our Challenge Match - CHILD NEUROFEEDBACK STUDY

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Online Registration for the Distance Certificate Program NOW OPEN

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Join us in Establishing an Endowed Research Directorship: The van der Kolk Chair

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NOW RECRUITING: DEVELOPMENTAL TRAUMA DISORDER - PHASE III NATIONWIDE STUDY

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NOW RECRUITING: CHILD BIOFEEDBACK STUDY at the Trauma Center

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NOW RECRUITING: INTERNAL FAMILY SYSTEMS (IFS) STUDY at the Trauma Center

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NEW ARTICLE: Placement Instability as a Risk Factor in Proximal Sexually Inappropriate and Aggressive Behaviors in a Child Welfare Sample

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NEW ARTICLE: Unseen Wounds: The Contribution of Psychological Maltreatment to Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Risk Outcomes

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ORDER BOOKS by Trauma Center Faculty and Colleagues

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NEW BOOK by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk: THE BODY KEEPS THE SCORE

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NEW BOOK by David Emerson: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy

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NEW ARTICLE: Childhood Psychological Abuse as Harmful as Sexual or Physical Abuse

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NEW ARTICLE: The Body Can Change the Score: Empirical Support for Somatic Regulation in the Treatment of Traumatized Adolescents

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Announcing Our Newest Clinical Program, 0-5 Thrive, Meeting the Needs of All Families Raising Young Children

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Journal of Family Violence Special Issue on Child & Adolescent Residential Trauma Treatment

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Clinical Significance of a Proposed Developmental Trauma Disorder Diagnosis: Results of an International Survey of Clinicians

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Resources for Adults, Children, Families and First Responders Impacted by Terrorism and Disasters

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Our Pathways to Permanency Program now offers specialized services for foster, kinship and adoptive families

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UPCOMING EVENTSVIEW ALL>>

WORKSHOP: November 10 & 11, 2015: Fostering Resilience in Trauma-Impacted Youth and Families: The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Treatment Framework

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WORKSHOP: November 12 & 13, 2015: SMART Workshop: Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment

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WORKSHOP: December 15 & 16, 2015: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment

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NOW HIRINGVIEW ALL>>

SEEKING VOLUNTEER SUPERVISORS in our Brookline, MA office

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Adoption Specialist Needed in our Brookline and Acton Clinics

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Child/Family Trauma Therapist Wanted for our Brookline and Acton Offices

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Experienced Adult Clinician Wanted for our Brookline, MA Office

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NOW ENROLLINGVIEW ALL>>

Now Accepting Applications for the 2015-2016 Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies

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Now Recruiting Children 8-17 y.o. for DTD Field Study. Compensation Available.

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Now Offering Neurofeedback Services at the Trauma Center

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Now Offering Intensive Residential Evaluation & Treatment Program for Girls and Boys aged 12-22

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Women's Coping Skills Group

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Women's and Men's Yoga Classes

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