Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) | Justice Resource Institute

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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.


Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

In 2002, when David Emerson first reached out to Dr. Bessel van der Kolk about the idea of using yoga for trauma there were no models that existed within a clinical context to turn to for guidance. The program needed to be created from scratch. Combining the clinical insights of van der Kolk and Emerson’s dedication to yoga teaching for traumatized people, the first pilot studies were undertaken by the Trauma Center.

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

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