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.

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Parenting a Traumatized Child

Goal: To increase understanding of underlying factors which lead to challenges in parenting a traumatized child, and to provide concrete strategies for addressing needs and building competencies among children who have experienced trauma.

Content and Methods: Caring for a traumatized child can be extremely rewarding, yet the significant needs and distress of children with chronic trauma exposures and previous attachment losses are often challenging.  It is not uncommon for caregivers to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of child behaviors and symptoms.  This workshop is designed for individuals providing care to children who have experienced trauma.  The workshop will emphasize strategies for building safe attachments; managing distressing child behaviors; increasing positive caregiver-child interactions; and increasing caregiver support and distress tolerance.  Emphasis will be placed in restoration of positive experiences and healthy development, and the vital role that the caregiving system plays in supporting such development in children. 

Contact Information

Please contact Elizabeth James,, or Jana Pressley, Psy.D., for more information about this training.

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