Certificate Program:

Understanding and Treating Complex Trauma in Youth, Adults, and Families

The 2019-2020 Certificate Program is currently underway, and we will open applications for the 2020-2021 year in May 2020. Stay tuned for details!

The Trauma Center at JRI has a rich history of providing advanced training in traumatic stress studies. Geared toward mental health professionals, this nine-month, weekly program offers post-graduate specialized training in the treatment of posttraumatic and dissociative disorders in children and adults. The program includes extensive didactic training, integrative group discussion, and small group consultation on case application. Program faculty are recognized experts in working with clients with developmental trauma histories through a social justice lens.

Course Offerings:

Core seminar series
Clinical consultation
Integrative discussion of trauma-informed and social justice-oriented care

Program Schedule

The program runs on Mondays beginning September 9, 2019 and running through May 2020.

  • 9:00—12:00 Core Seminar
  • 12:00—12:30 Brief Break
  • 12:30–2:00 Small Group Clinical Consultation

Program Location

The weekly Monday seminar and clinical consultation groups will meet at the address below:

The Trauma Center at JRI
First Floor
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Selected Topics

  • Neurobiology of trauma
  • Attachment theory
  • Understanding trauma in developmental context
  • Self-regulation and stabilization
  • Dissociation and working with dissociated parts
  • Trauma Processing
  • Attachment-focused family intervention
  • Working with families in the child welfare system
  • Vicarious trauma and self-care


Click here to view 2019-2020 seminar schedule.

Clinical Consultation

Program participants will attend small-group consultation, with particular attention paid to the configuration of groups so that participants are complementary in terms of experience level, population, and areas of interest. These groups are led by Trauma Center faculty, and provide an opportunity to discuss application of seminar concepts to individual cases and to the participants' general practice, as well as opportunity for further small-group discussion of seminar content.

Application Procedure

This program is geared toward licensed mental health professionals; unlicensed and affiliated professionals with appropriate training and/or practical experience who work with trauma-impacted populations are welcome to apply. Upon submission of application, appropriate applicants will be invited to an in-person interview.

Applications will be accepted June 1 through August 15, 2019, and admission to the program will occur on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP to ensure securing a position.

To apply for admission to the program, please submit the application form along with an updated curriculum vitae, two letters of recommendation, and a copy of your license to:

Jana Pressley, Psy.D.
The Trauma Center at JRI
1269 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-1303 x 2044
Jana Pressley email.

Fee Schedule

Cost for 9-month program: $3,800 total

A 10% deposit ($380) is due at the time of program acceptance; this deposit will be applied toward program tuition. A full fifty percent of tuition (inclusive of deposit) is due two weeks before classes begin; the remaining fifty percent is due by January 1. Refund of program deposit and/or fees is as follows: up to a month before program start date, full refund less $100 processing fee will be provided. Within 2-4 weeks of program start, 50% of deposit will be refunded. No refund of program deposit can be made within two weeks of program start; however, if additional tuition has been paid, that money will be refunded.

No refunds will be issued after classes begin, and enrolled participants will be expected to honor the payment plan until payment in full is made. For participants for whom payment of the fee in two installments would represent a financial burden, alternative payment plans may be arranged; however, payment in full must be received by April 1 of the program year. The Trauma Center reserves the right to cancel this program with full refunds to paid registrants.

To make a secure Certificate Program payment online by using PayPal, please click on the button link below.

Continuing Education Credits


The Justice Resource Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. JRI maintains responsibility for all programs and their content.

Social Workers:

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact the Training Division administrative support staff for the status of social work CE accreditation.

Licensed Mental Health Counselors:

Application for MaMHCA/MMCEP continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact the Training Division administrative support staff for the status of LMHC CE certification.


Educational programs offered by TC-JRI meet the requirements specified by the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing-244 CMR 5.04.

*Note: Continuing education credits are NOT available for time spent in clinical consultation groups. Continuing education credits cannot be guaranteed until approvals have been received. Receipt of a certificate of attendance is contingent upon your attendance of a full program and completion of an evaluation form; partial credit cannot be provided.