TRI Support for Haiti

TRI is once again partnering with FOUNDATION IDEO to assist victims of Hurricane Matthew. We have worked tougher since 2004, and many of you supported our efforts following the earthquake of 2010. Please click here to read TRI Director Amber Gray’s letter.

Our Mission

The mission of Trauma Resources International (TRI) is to build on existing individual and communal resources in areas of mass social trauma to support systems of healing and well being that promote resiliency and are culturally congruent and respectful through education and empowerment of survivors and victims, and professionals and paraprofessionals responding to the needs of survivors of war, combat, political violence, torture and natural disaster.

Recent Updates

Amber is a panelist with keynote speaker Dr Stephen Porges and will present "Restoring Core Rhythmicity: Polyvagal-informed DMT for Trauma" at the 51st ADTA conference

Polyvagal-Informed Therapy for Trauma, Attachment and Autism
Saturday, October 22, 2016 Hyatt Regency Bethesda (Washington DC Area)

Amber is teaching “Right to Embody” a Human Rights Movement Workshop in Berlin at Body IQ, October 14-16, 2016

BODY IQ is a festival that celebrates ourselves as living, pulsating bodies. Without the body there is no experience and without experience there is no ground for intelligence. BODY IQ is a festival of and by the conscious body - ensuring discovery, exchange and unexpected synergies. International experts, artists and teachers gather distinctions and commonalities of somatic approaches, then disseminate them into a wide spectrum of applications, penetrating - from arts to healing to politics - many domains of human activity. BODY IQ aspires to be a platform that generates impulses for the knowledge, wisdom and wonder of the conscious, human form.

Listen here to Amber's recent podcast in Sharon Weil’s changeability series.

Amber is a featured change expert in Sharon Weil’s newest book, ChangeAbility: How Artists, Activists and Awakeners Navigate Change. Available wherever good books are sold!

Introducing the Kint Institute’s Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma Certificate Program

The Kint Institute is pleased to announce our post-masters certificate training program on the Creative Arts Therapies and Trauma, launching Fall, 2016.

The training program begins in September in New York City at the beautiful IAC building. Explore for more details, including training curriculum, application, as well as information about our cutting-edge faculty.

We are welcoming applications for our inaugural cohort of creative arts therapists and clinicians of other disciplines who are interested in the arts and trauma treatment. Please consider joining us, as well as sharing the website with colleagues who may be interested.

If you have any questions or want more information, don’t hesitate to reach out

Ambers review of Dr van der Kolk’s book The Body Keeps the Score published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy.

Read Amber’s Latest Article: What Language Does Your Body Speak: Some Thoughts on Somatic Psychotherapies in International Contexts

Listen to Amber's Interview at The West Coast Trauma Project

Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Trauma Treatment, July 13-16, 2015. Kinections, Rochester NY. The clinical use of Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) with survivors of trauma. First in a three part series. Discusses DMT theory, Center Post Trauma and Resiliency Framework and Restorative Movement Psychotherapy, and neuroscience as a growing evidence base for DMT with trauma survivors.
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Body as Voice: Restorative Movement Psychotherapy for Trauma Treatment, May 22-25, 2015. Vancouver, CA. This introductory “overview” workshop will balance theory with experiential learning to introduce participants to some of the core restorative components of the Center Post Trauma & Resiliency Framework (CPF) and its clinical counterpart, Restorative Movement Psychotherapy.
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Amber’s upcoming presentation in Beirut: Tending the Fire: Mindful Movement and Body-Based practices for Well-Being at the 9th annual NISCVT conference Towards a better well being: Inter-sectoral approaches in Mental Health, Galleria Hotel, Beirut, Lebanon, May 8-9, 2015. Click for more Info

Listen to Amber's Interview with Sharon Weil on Passing 4 Normal

“Refugee Mental Health: A Challenging Need”. Amber is one of the invited speakers to Gulf Coast Jewish & Family Community Services National Symposium:
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Check out Dance Movement Therapy with Refugee and Survivor Children: A Healing Pathway is a Creative Process, Amber's latest chapter, published in "Creative Interventions with Traumatized Children" edited by Cathy Malchiodi, Guilford Press, 2014.
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Amber’s chapter on Continuum Movement and founder/originator Emilie Conrad published in Inner Dialogues in Daily Life. This chapter is a personal account of Amber’s journey with Continuum Movement, and its bold and innovative originator and teacher, Emilie Conrad. The chapter also covers Ambers work in conflict and disaster affected areas.
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Amber co-authors chapter on Refugee Mental Health Screening
Link to information on this first-of-its-kind book about refugee health

Who We Are

TRI’s Director, Amber Elizabeth Gray, has worked domestically with survivors of human rights abuses and trauma for over 15 years, and has worked internationally and in the field of public health, humanitarian response, disaster response, healing and human services for almost 30 years. A clinician, activist, trainer/educator, program manager, researcher and artist, she has been contracted through her LLC, Restorative Resources Training & Consulting (RRT&C), to provide direct services, training, and guidance for new and ongoing programs serving survivors worldwide. She brings with her passion, commitment, education, extensive field and management, experience, and a dedication to the empowerment, restoration and healing of survivors.

Dancing with Whales Tonga, August-September, 2016 There is no word for problem in Tonga. I learned this from the spotter on the boat that took us out, daily, to swim with whales. Anything that arises, troubles, distresses, or hurts, has a solution. Or, with time and perspective, it will ease. After 11 days in Haa’pai, facilitating “Dancing the Wild Home”, a Continuum Movement and Whale Encounter Depths Retreat, and being with the humpback whales almost daily, I believe in this ease. So much of what causes me to stress or distress, can shift when my perception and perspective shift. This is not always easy, but—it’s possible. Whale encounters have shown me that anything is possible. How We Meet The World I awake an hour before I am usually comfortable getting up, and am drawn to the edge of sea and land, where I also see the edge of sky and …