Creativity, Health, Trauma and Resilience

Resources to inspire prevention, recovery, resilience and creative responses to stress and individual or community-wide traumatic events and painful experiences.

The Transformation Center’s Vision Statement

A Trauma-Sensitive Peer Movement:

We envision a society that prevents violence and promotes compassion;
a society where people live from the knowledge that everyone’s individual and collective healing
and safety is possible and depends on us all.

“Trauma and the Peer Movement” (PDF brochure)

Why Study Trauma? video clip with Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing – a body-awareness approach to resolving the impact of overwhelming experience.

Featured Video

A short documentary about the impact of trauma on our lives, featuring Dr. Rob Anda, co-researcher of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E.) Study. Produced by the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community, in partnership with Digital Eyes Film.   link to trailer

Addressing Trauma & Violence

Suicide Prevention links to coalitions across Massachusetts

Alternatives to Violence Project

Domestic Violence resources in MA listed by towns, compiled by “Emerge” counseling and abuser education to stop domestic violence.

How could anyone ever tell you….  Self-care song and slideshow

What Happened to You  A short documentary about the impact of trauma on our lives, featuring Dr. Rob Anda, co-researcher of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (A.C.E.) Study. Produced by the Central Mass Recovery Learning Community, in partnership with Digital Eyes Film.(trailer only)

TED video about ACEs by pediatrician Dr. Nadine Burke Harris

ACEs Connection resources about trauma and interactive blog with events and across the country

Tribute to Dr. Vincent Felitti, co-investigator of the ACE study

MARC (Mobilizing Action for Resilient Communities) free video archive

Sidran Institute Traumatic stress education and advocacy

The National Center for Trauma Informed Care (NCTIC)

Models for Developing Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Systems and Trauma-Specific Services  Prepared by Ann Jennings, Ph.D, 2007

Building Resilience to Climate Change  Nov 2016 conference materials.  Resources for building trauma-resilience.  Presenters include Sandra Bloom and Rick Hanson.  Coordinated by the International Transformational Resilience Coalition (ITRC)

NICABM continuing education and free resources in mind-body-spirit medicine and trauma recovery from the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine.  Directed toward providers, useful to anyone.  Including 5 Ways to Create an Anti-Depressant Brain

ATRIUM overview (Addiction and Trauma Recovery Integration Model)

Substance Use and Addiction

AA Intergroup – Online Meetings Directory

AA Online Group

Addiction Treatment Reviews and Information

The Opposite of Addiction is Connection @

Johann Hari: Everthing You Think You Know about Addiction is Wrong


Tobacco Cessation Training Center at UMASS and “Lets Make Smoking History” helpline.  More resources at MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program.

Clutter & Hoarding

Buried Treasures Facilitator Guide Lee Shuer & Dr. Randy O. Frost

When things become too much: How to help a hoarder  Chicago Tribune

Hoarding Clinical Resource Directory MA

Hoarding Best Practice Guide

Creativity, Music and Art

The Arts Factor June, 2014.  Research on how Boston’s art and culture transforms lives. Peer support and arts-based events and activities in Hyannis MA.

Comic Relief   Mission:  To drive positive change through the power of entertainment.

Trauma: Built to Break art project in Dublin featured online at The Creators Project

Opening Doors to the Arts low-cost or free arts and entertainment opportunities in Boston

Amina and Arif  Dancing, Art, Connecting based in Gardner, MA


Me2/ (“me, too”) is the world’s only classical music organization created for individuals with mental illnesses and the people who support them.   Weekly rehearsals (Sept-May) Mondays 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Hope Central Church in Jamaica Plain.  New members are accepted at various points throughout the season, no audition.

Video clips and info about documentary project “Orchestrating Change”

Blog about 2016 performances at Bridgwater and Shattuck

Tunefoolery Over 50 musicians with psychiatric conditions and disabilities who play and perform music as a way towards healing and recovery, based in Boston.

Michael Skinner  Healing trauma, abuse, and promoting mental health through music.

Health and Recreation

“Add Heart” Meditation Recordings HeartMath Institute

The Yoga Tree Gardner, MA

Starseed Healing Sanctuary  Events and Western MA retreat space in Savoy

Time to Play blog about health and wellness

MassParks state parks in MA

Accessible Recreational Events and outdoor activities around the MA through Dept of Conservation and Recreation’s Universal Access Program

Windrush Farm  Therapeutic riding and volunteer opportunities, Andover, MA

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