Center for Trauma and Embodiment

Experiences of psychological trauma profoundly change our relationship with our Center for Trauma and Embodimentbodies. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is dedicated to researching, developing, and training providers in effective, trauma-informed practices that help survivors safely re-connect to their body so that they may engage more fully with their life. We are a resource for innovators with trauma-informed, body-first ideas for new trauma treatments. We are also a resource for those seeking innovative care for complex trauma and PTSD. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is committed to gender and racial equity.

Trauma Sensitive Yoga

The TCTSY methodology is based on central components of the hatha style of yoga, where participants engage in a series of physical forms Trauma Sensitive Yogaand movements. Elements of standard hatha yoga are modified to maximize experiences of empowerment and to cultivate a more positive relationship to one's body. Unlike many public yoga classes, TCTSY does not use physical hands-on adjustments to influence a participant's physical form. Rather, TCTSY presents opportunities for participants to be in charge of themselves based on a felt sense of their own body.

Wellbeing and Exercise Laboratory Research

Iowa State University

Current treatments for depression, including cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and medication, are not effective for many people. In this study, we investigate the effects of a novel intervention approach for depression, examining how pre-therapy preparatory activities enhance the effects of each CBT session. This study will determine the potential of this new approach for improving current low depression treatment rates, with the prospect of expanding this approach to other mental health treatments and conditions.