26th Annual International Trauma Conference, Boston MA, May 27-30, 2015


4th Annual Summer Training Institute, Cape Cod MA, July 20-24, 2015


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


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NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for 2015-2017 Postdoctoral Fellowships at MBHC




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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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Assessment Instruments

The Trauma Center has developed a packet of self-administered questionnaires for adults that assess psychological traumas and their sequelae, including features associated with “disorders of extreme stress” or “complex PTSD”. The test instruments included in this packet provide a comprehensive assessment of trauma histories at different ages and the broad spectrum of posttraumatic adaptations encountered in clinical work. Clinicians can chart patients’ progress over time by collecting information at the initial intake visit and three follow-up visits.


Trauma Assessment Packet

NEW Scoring Software!

This software allows multiple client files, and allows multiple time points for each client, to help the clinician track changes over time. Clients can use the new self-directed computerized questionnaires for each assessment, or paper copies of the questionnaires can be printed through the software. The computerized assessments are automatically scored with easy to read final score sheets. The raw data is also exportable for additional statistical analysis. Unlike most computer scored psychological software available today, the Trauma Center at JRI packet allows an unlimited number of clients to be scored without additional passcodes.

Click Here for an indepth description of SIDES and SIDES-SR.

IMPORTANT: Here is a software update to correct the total score for PTSD. Please download the Instructions and INSTALL link.

PLEASE NOTE: The Trauma Assessment Packet is NOT compatible on a MAC operating system.

Here are the system requirements for the software to run on a Windows PC:

2.33 GHz IntelR Pentium R4, AMD AthlonR 64 2800+, or faster processor; MicrosoftR WindowsR XP Home, Professional, Windows VistaR Home Premium, Business, Ultimate or Enterprise (including 64-bit editions) with Service Pack 2; or Windows 7.

512 MB of RAM (1 GB recommended).

A. Traumatic Antecedents Questionnaire (TAQ):

This self-administered assessment tool gathers information about lifetime experiences in 10 domains: (1) competence, (2) safety, (3) neglect, (4) separations, (5) emotional abuse, (6) conflict resolution, (7) physical trauma, (8) sexual trauma, (9) witnessing trauma and (10) exposure to drugs and alcohol. These domains are assessed at four different age periods: birth to 6 years, 7 to 12, 13 to 18, and adulthood. Thus the TAQ provides invaluable information for guiding clinical inquiry and developmental formulations.

B. Modified PTSD Symptom Scale:

This scale is a 17-item questionnaire that asks patients to rate the frequency and intensity of symptoms in the past two weeks. Responses to the questions enable ratings of DSM-IV symptoms for PTSD, including (1) intrusions, (2) re-experiencing, (3) avoidance and numbing, and (4) increased arousal.

C. Structured Interview for Disorders of Extreme Stress (SIDES) & Self-Report Instrument for Disorders of Extreme Stress (SIDES-SR):

These 45-item scales assess presence and/or severity of the Disorders of Extreme Stress Not Otherwise Specified (DESNOS) diagnostic construct, which reflects the Associated Features of PTSD commonly seen in association with interpersonal stressors: impaired affect modulation; self-destructive and impulsive behavior; dissociative symptoms; somatic complaints; feelings of ineffectiveness, shame, despair, or hopelessness; feelings permanently damaged; a loss of previously sustained beliefs; hostility; social withdrawal; feelings constantly threatened; impaired relationships with others (DSM-IV, p. 425). The clinician-rater version was used for the DSM-IV Field Trials for PTSD, and has been validated as a measure of DESNOS diagnosis. The self-report version has good behavioral anchors and has demonstrated good internal reliability as a measure of current DESNOS severity. Both version of the SIDES consist of six major scales with related subscales: (1) alteration in regulation of affect and impulses, (2) alterations in attention or consciousness; (3) alterations in self-perception; (4) alterations in relations with other; (5) somatization, (6) alterations in systems of meaning.

D. Trauma Focused Initial Adult Clinical Evaluation:

This structured clinical interview was developed at the Trauma Center to facilitate a comprehensive intake for new patients. It focuses on trauma history and associated symptomatology with an emphasis on developmental, current internal resources, social supports, substance abuse and treatment history. It is informed by empirical findings based on the TAQ, SIDES and PTSD instruments.

E. Published research and clinical articles supporting use of these measures and describing clinical and research applications.

Purchasing Instruments:

We accept checks and money orders in U.S. dollars, as well as online PayPal© payments. Please refer to the chart below to make your purchase online.

To pay by mail, please send a check or money order payable to The Trauma Center at JRI to:

Zachary Levko, Training Coordinator
The Trauma Center at JRI
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
Tel: (617) 232-1303 x 203

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The scoring software was developed in collaboration with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, a leader in integrating Trauma Informed Practices into the field of Social Work.