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

One position will be available for fellows beginning in 2015-2017. This position is funded at a $45,000 FTE in the first year, with full-time benefits. This fellow will be 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, and there may be opportunity for increased salaried hours during year two.

Track Description – Project Coordination and Development, Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Treatment

The fellow in this track will be funded 24 hours per week. Twenty hours are funded to support the ongoing development, evaluation, and refinement of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework. Primary tasks may include project coordination; development of treatment-related products; support for program evaluation; manuscript preparation; delivery of training and technical assistance; and other relevant activities. Occasional travel to support framework implementation and sustainability efforts may be required. 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 exceptional writing and organizational skills, and will be expected to collaborate in producing a minimum of two manuscripts per year for peer-review publication; the fellow will have an opportunity for first-author publication in year two following successful completion of year one expectations. Applicants should also demonstrate a record of interest in child / family clinical intervention. Experience working as a research assistant, project coordinator or equivalent, and familiarity with statistical analysis and database organization are desirable.

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

To learn how to apply:


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


WORKSHOP: March 4-5, 2015: Fostering Resilience in Trauma-Impacted Youth and Families: The Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) Treatment Framework


WORKSHOP: April 13, 2015: Sacred Dissonance: Attending to Client Spirituality and Religiosity in Complex Trauma Treatment


WORKSHOP: April 14 & 15, 2015: Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy: Bringing the Body into Treatment


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