Impact of Trauma on Development | 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.

Impact of Trauma on Development

Goal:  To expose participants to the ways in which trauma experienced at various points in development may shape developmental pathways, with a goal of building understanding of child/adolescent/adult needs and improving effective service delivery.

Content and Methods: This training will provide an overview of the developmental impact of chronic trauma, particularly as trauma exposures intersect with overlapping community-based and intergenerational traumatic stressors.  Seminar will include an introduction to the complex trauma framework, and an overview of key process issues including impact across the lifespan, functional domains of impairment, and survival-based adaptations to traumatic stress.  Distressing symptoms and behaviors will be re-framed to emphasize child, adult, and family adaptation to overwhelming life circumstance.  Core underlying vulnerabilities such as difficulty with self-regulation and difficulty forming healthy attachment relationships will be emphasized, with a brief discussion of best-practice treatment approaches.

Contact Information

Please contact Elizabeth James, ejames@jri.org, or Jana Pressley, Psy.D., jpressley@jri.org for more information about this training.

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