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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School-Based Approaches to Treatment of Traumatic Stress

Goal: To expand participant’s awareness of the impact of complex trauma on children and families, and to improve effective services within schools to identify symptoms of trauma, respond to symptoms through a trauma-informed lens, and create systemic interventions to promote resilience in children with traumatic stress.

Content and Methods: Schools have the potential to play an integral role in the (re-)establishment of safety and in the healing process for children who have experienced trauma. Specialized attention should be focused on the role of the school system as a primary factor in the intervention and recovery process. This workshop will emphasize, within the school setting, the ways in which to identify trauma symptoms, respond using trauma-informed approaches, and strategies to systemically promote the healing and wellness of students who have experienced trauma. Emphasis will be placed on the role of healthy attachments within the school setting, ways to support schools in the provision of a safe and stable environment, methods of promoting student regulation throughout the school day, and working with students to develop a positive sense of self.

Contact Information

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

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