Center for Trauma and Embodiment | Justice Resource Institute

Meet JRI's Service Navigator

Our Navigator personally answers questions and talks with you about resources that may be available in the community to meet your individualized needs. If you have any questions about our programs or services, or aren't sure what you need, contact our Service Navigator, Rachel Arruda, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible.

Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

Services

Center for Trauma and Embodiment

SAVE THE DATE!!! Saturday, April 13, 2019 - the first annual Conference on Trauma and Embodiment presented in partnership with Lesley University - Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Experiences of psychological trauma profoundly change our relationship to our body. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is dedicated to researching, developing and training providers in effective, trauma-informed practices that help survivors safely re-connect to their body so that they may engage more fully with their life.

Donate to the Center for Trauma and Embodiment.

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At a Glance
This service is for
Focus: We are a resource for innovators with trauma-informed, body-first ideas for new trauma treatments. We are also a resource for those seeking innovative care for complex trauma and PTSD.
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is committed to gender and racial equity.
Let's Connect
David Emerson, YACEP, TCTSY-F
Director
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI
160 Gould Street Suite 301
Needham, MA 02494
Deedee Wadsworth, RYT, TCTSY-F
Program Assistant
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI
160 Gould Street Suite 301
Needham, MA 02494
(857) 329-3486
Center for Trauma and Embodiment
Dave Emerson
David Emerson, YACEP, TCTSY-F
Director

Dave is the founder of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) for the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. From 2009-2011 he was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH-funded study to assess the utility of yoga for survivors of trauma. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TCTSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, active duty military personnel, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics and more. He is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). In 2018, Dave Emerson co-founded the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI.

Jenn Turner
Jennifer Turner, RYT, LMHC, TCTSY-F
Director of Training

Jenn has had the honor of working with survivors of trauma for over a decade. Along with working in private practice as a trauma-informed therapist, Jenn has been leading TCTSY classes for women at the Trauma Center since 2008 where she also oversees the teaching team. She taught the yoga classes and developed the protocol for the NIH-funded research study that examined the effects of TCTSY on treatment-resistant PTSD (results can be accessed by clicking here). Jenn is a lead TCTSY trainer and supervises students in our certification program.

Deedee Wadsworth
Deedee Wadsworth, RYT, TCTSY-F
Program Assistant

Deedee is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance® and a Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator (TCTSY-F).  She has received training in both Hatha and Vinyasa styles of yoga. Deedee completed the 300-hour TCTSY certification in 2017, and has served as the Program Assistant for the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI since May 2017.  Additionally, Deedee facilitates weekly one-on-one TCTSY sessions at a therapeutic co-ed residential school for adolescents coping with trauma, mental health issues, behavioral difficulties, and/or mild-to-moderate cognitive challenges.   

Programs

Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

TCTSY is an evidence based treatment for complex trauma and complex Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, developed at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, since 2003. TCTSY is used with children, youth, and adults throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Colombia, Mexico, Israel, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

For more information, please see the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga website.

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