On the Forefront: Trauma and Resiliency Research

The Trauma Center: A program of the Justice Resource Institute and directed by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., offering clinical services, consultation, notices of training opportunities, and educational programs

The Global Association for Interpersonal Neurobiology Studies (Gains), offers information to advance the science, practices, and application of neurobiology to promote health and well being.

The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine provides online education in the latest advancements in trauma treatment.


The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies provides a forum for sharing of research, clinical strategies, public policy concerns, and theoretical formulations on trauma.

The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education ( CCARE ) provides neuroscience research and education related to the intentional cultivation of compassion in a secularized contemplative practice.

The Garrison Institute conducts research and implements trainings on contemplative practices that support resiliency for humanitarian aid workers.

US Department of Veteran Affairs: National Center for PTSD- researches and provides resources on the effects of war on veterans

Center for Human Rights and Global Justice- NYU School of Law- Trauma and Resilience in Human Rights

Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma- provides training and education for those in the field

The Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute-

The Sensorimoter Psychotherapy Institute

In the Media

Current articles, videos, podcasts and lectures of interest on the emerging neuroscience research related to trauma, resilience and compassion cultivation. Pat Ogden, PhD, founder of the Sensory Motor Psychotherapy Institute, briefly introduces the use of mindfulness in working with trauma.

Pat Ogden, PhD presents case material integrating the use of noticing body language in trauma treatment.

Recommended Reading for Teachers, Counselors, and Parents

Self Regulation for Kids K-12: Strategies for Calming Minds and Behaviors, Austin, Texas. ProEd , Inc Tollison, Patricia K, Synatschk, Katherine O., Logan, Gaea (2010)

Recommended Reading for Professionals

Cozolino, Louis (2002). The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Building and Rebuilding the Human Brain. New York: W.W. Norton

Grepmair, L.; Mitterlehner, F. ; Loew, T. ; Bachler, E. ; Rother, W. ; Nickel, M (2007). Promoting Mindfulness with Psychotherapists in Training Influences the Treatment Results of Their Patients: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Controlled Study. Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. Vol; 76:332-338

Ibrahim A. Kira, PhD, Asha Ahmed, PhD, Fatima Wasim, MS, LAPC, NCC, Vanessa Mahmoud, MA, Dhan Rai, MA (2012 ), Group Therapy for Refugees and Torture survivors: Treatment Model Innovations, Vol 62:1 Int J Group Psychotherapy. New York, London. Guilford Press

Rothschild, B. (2006). Help for the helper: The Psychophysiology of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma. New York: W.W. Norton.

J. Sarris a,b,*, R. Glick c, R. Hoenders d, J. Duffy e, J. Lake f, The International Network of Integrative Mental Health Integrative mental healthcare White Paper: Establishing a new paradigm through research, education, and clinical guidelines

Schore, A. (2003). Affect Regulation and Repair of the Self. New York, W.W. Norton and Company

Seigel, Daniel J (2007). The Mindful Brain: Reflection and Attunement in the Cultivation of Well Being. New York: W.W. Norton

Bessel van der Kolk, B.A. (2006). Clinical Implications of Neuroscience Research in PTSD. Ann N Y Acad Sci, 1071, 277-93.

Reading Lists

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network has compiled a remarkable comprehensive survey of resources in print addressing child trauma.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Refugee and War Zone- A Reading List- zone-trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Complex Trauma Reading List-

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Child Traumatic Stress

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Child Trauma and the Developing Brain

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Natural Disasters

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Terrorism and Child Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network- Traumatic Grief