Our services are available to communities, schools, health and human services providers, organizations, government agencies, and workplaces in many Massachusetts communities. Our services include:
- Support services and referrals to help people after traumatic events like natural disasters, serious accidents, suicides, homicides, and terrorism. Riverside Trauma Center’s team quickly responds to these events out in the field by providing education and helping people develop better coping skills and ways to manage their stress. Trauma is a response to a terrible event. For some people, extreme stress following trauma can be overwhelming and cause lasting psychological effects if left untreated. Reactions to traumatic events vary widely, but can include extreme fear, shock, helplessness, and physical symptoms.
- Insight into suicide prevention methods, such as warning signs to look for and actions to take, that enable people to help others who are in crisis
- Education to agencies and organizations about the psychological needs of returning veterans so veterans can re-enter their everyday lives more easily
- Training workshops for mental health professionals and paraprofessionals, schools, gatekeepers, organizations, workplaces, and others on a variety of mental health topics
Other services and programs include:
Trauma and Loss Counseling - TLC
Riverside Trauma Center offers private pay counseling services for children, adults, and families affected by acute trauma resulting from events such as natural disasters, serious accidents, suicide deaths, or other sudden loss. For some people, extreme stress following trauma can be overwhelming and cause lasting psychological effects if left untreated. Our highly trained, licensed clinicians use proven strategies to help people manage symptoms and develop better coping skills.
For questions or referrals, please contact Jenny Huynh, LMHC at
781-433-0672, ext. 5738 or email@example.com.
Safe and Successful Youth Initiative
Through the Commonwealth’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI), Riverside Trauma Center is building a network of community trauma responders to focus on youth violence in Massachusetts cities that have the highest number of youth homicides and serious assaults. SSYI targets males (ages 14-24) most likely to commit gun violence or be victims of it. After a violent incident, trained responders in each city are deployed to provide support, Psychological First Aid (PFA), and Post Traumatic Stress Management (PTSM) to the families, loved ones, and communities of those involved in in the event and impacted by it.
Riverside Trauma Center is working with community organizations to train individuals within each community on Psychological First Aid and Post Traumatic Stress Management. These techniques, which were designed based on the best available research and practice knowledge, aim to decrease emotional problems that can result from these violent incidents, and potentially decrease the likelihood of future retaliatory violence in children and youth.
Psychological Autopsy Services
A psychological autopsy is an in-depth reconstruction of an unclear suicide death. A trained mental health expert interviews family members, friends, and others who are able to provide relevant information about the victim, and the behaviors and events which led up to the death. A psychological autopsy can be used for a variety of purposes:
- To assist the medical examiner in determining the circumstances surrounding the death
- To help the survivors understand the reasons behind a loved one's suicide
- To contest life insurance claims and government inquiries
Some states require a psychological autopsy in all suspected cases of suicide death of children and adolescents. A primary goal for those who work in suicide prevention is to use psychological autopsies to further our knowledge of why people take their own lives, and use that knowledge to prevent additional suicides.
For specific questions or referrals, contact Jim McCauley, LICSW at
781-433-0672, ext. 5619 or firstname.lastname@example.org.