Training Program

The post-doctoral program in psychology is a forty hours per week program that runs for 24 months. In addition to clinical work, all fellows will participate in the following:


  • 3 hours individual supervision
  • 1.5 hours clinical team meeting
  • 3.0 hours Core Seminar, led by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and Trauma Center faculty
  • 1+ hour specialty project meeting(s) (dependent on current grant funding)
  • 1 hour research meeting (if relevant)


  • 1.5 hour Lecture Series
  • Professional Development seminar

Note: Fellows may participate in additional seminars or meetings, dependent on specialty track, availability of advanced seminars, and/or participation in grant-funded projects.

The Core Curriculum

Core Seminar - Held Monday mornings from 9:30-12:30, this weekly seminar provides fellows with a theoretical framework for trauma treatment, as well as a rich case study population drawn from the experiences of a diverse practitioner pool. Faculty and guest lecturers are invited to speak on a wide range of theoretical approaches and treatment options. This seminar is led by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D., and Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., and includes presentations by many of the Trauma Center faculty.

Monthly Lecture Series - As Medical Director, Dr. van der Kolk either speaks personally on his research or trauma theory, or invites colleagues in the trauma field do the same. These lectures occur once a month on Thursday afternoons between 12:00-1:30 and draw a wide audience from the Boston psychological community.

Additional seminars are often offered through The Trauma Center's Training Institute, and fellows are encouraged to participate in advanced trainings and consultation opportunities throughout the year. In year 2 of the Fellowship, the Core Seminar is replaced by advanced clinical seminars and consultation groups.


Each fellow will be assigned a minimum of two clinical supervisors and one “track” supervisor (research or clinical specialty), one of whom will be designated a primary supervisor. Additionally, each fellow will meet individually on a quarterly basis with the Director of Training and also periodically in a group format with other fellows.

Consultation - Opportunities for consultation on dissociative disorders, EMDR, childhood trauma, and other areas are also available.

Fellowship Track

Clinical work is conducted with children, adolescents, and adults. Fellows who have experience with any of these populations will be considered; fellows are encouraged to work with the full age range while on fellowship.

Three positions will be available for fellows beginning in 2014-2016. Each fellowship position is funded at a $45,000 FTE in the first year, with full-time benefits. Fellows are salaried for 24 hours / week (i.e., $27,000). The remaining time will be funded via fee-for service clinical assignments, including therapy and evaluation sessions; fellows may anticipate approximately $12,000 FFS income during their first year, with increased fees typical during the second year. Fellows receive a salary increase in the second year of the position.

Track #1 Description – Project Coordinator, Complex Trauma Treatment Network

The fellow in this track will be funded 24 hours per week. Twenty hours are funded as the coordinator for the Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN) of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), a Level II Training and Technical Assistance site of the NCTSN led by TC-JRI. Primary tasks may include project coordination; grant reporting; product development; support for the evaluation, dissemination, and development of interventions for complex trauma; manuscript preparation; and occasional travel to assist with trainings and other project activities. In addition, the fellow will become an active participant in the center’s grant-writing team (four hours / week). Applicants for this position should have some experience working as a research assistant or equivalent. Familiarity with statistical analysis, database organization, and project coordination is desirable.

The remainder of the fellow's time will involve clinical assessment and treatment, as well as the array of training experiences described above.

Track #2 Description – Trauma Center at JRI / van der Kolk Center


Track #3 Description – Trauma Center at JRI / Pelham Academy

The fellows in these two tracks will be funded 24 hours / week. These fellows will spend 2.5 days (20 hours) per week working in a partner residential program administered by the Justice Resource Institute (van der Kolk Center at Glenhaven Academy or Pelham Academy), with emphasis on provision of clinical care in a residential treatment setting to adolescents with a history of exposure to complex traumatic stress. In this setting, the fellow will function as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and will have additional opportunities for trauma-informed psychological evaluation, intensive clinical treatment, group treatment, and cross-disciplinary collaboration. The applicants for these positions need not have prior experience working in residential settings; however, clinical experience with adolescents is desirable.

In addition, these fellows will be active members of the Trauma Center grant-writing and research team, with four hours of funding allotted to this task. The remainder of the fellow's time (2 days/week) will involve clinical assessment and treatment in the outpatient clinic of the Trauma Center at JRI, as well as the array of training experiences described above.

To learn how to apply:


WORKSHOP: October 26-31, 2014: Teaching Trauma-Sensitive Yoga: A Workshop for Yoga Teachers


WORKSHOP: January 22-23, 2015: SMART (Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment)


WORKSHOP: March 4-5, 2015: ARC (Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency)


SAVE THE DATES: 26th Annual International Trauma Conference, Boston MA, May 27-30, 2015


SAVE THE DATES: 3rd Annual Summer Training Institute, Cape Cod MA, July 20-24, 2015