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Trauma Integration Specialist

The Institute for Health & Recovery is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Trauma Integration Specialist focuses on assisting various behavioral health, medical, human service and justice programs to become trauma-informed as well as develop trauma-specific services. This position is also responsible for responding to inquiries regarding training and technical assistance from programs funded by the Department of Public Health/Bureau of Substance Addiction Services.

Reports to

Director of Trauma Integration Services

Essential Functions

  • Provide training and technical assistance to programs funded by the Department of Public Health, Bureau of Substance Addiction Services
  • Work collaboratively with behavioral health, medical, human service and justice organizations to:
    • Assess their strengths and weaknesses with regard to providing trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
    • Develop and implement a trauma integration strategic plan to enhance their ability to provide trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
    • Provide training and technical assistance that supports their implementation of trauma-informed care
  • Plan and conduct targeted training regarding trauma that incorporates recent research and evidence-based approaches
  • Develop and implement, online training curricula that support the implementation of trauma-informed and trauma-specific services
  • Provide crisis response services to BSAS-funded Substance Use Disorder Treatment programs and others
  • Provide training on trauma-specific interventions (such as Seeking Safety, Helping Men Recover)
  • Provide trauma-specific interventions in a train-the-trainer format
  • Assist staff of service organizations in identifying and developing relationships with organizations in their communities that can provide additional trauma/violence services
  • Collect and utilize feedback and evaluations to improve, update, and add new content to trauma trainings
  • Work closely with the Director of Trauma Integration Services and other members of the trauma team
  • Provide content input to the development of web-based trauma training resources
  • Communicate with IHR staff through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor;
  • Attend regular team and all staff meetings and trainings
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Training and Technical Assistance
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus


  • Master’s degree in Social Work, Psychology or similar field, with particular emphasis on trauma, substance use and co-occurring disorders
  • 5–7 years’ experience in the field of substance abuse, trauma, mental health with an emphasis on training and technical assistance
  • Lived experience of substance use and/or trauma recovery a plus
  • Experience delivering and training others in trauma interventions
  • Strong understanding of addictions and substance use treatment
  • Experience providing training and hands on technical assistance and consultation, particularly in the implementation of evidence-based practices
  • Awareness of treatment resources in Massachusetts
  • Experience with organizational systems change
  • Experience working with Criminal Justice population
  • Familiarity with child welfare issues, especially as they impact on substance use
  • Willingness to travel throughout the state on a regular basis and out of state occasionally
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Trauma Integration Specialist
40 hours
Cambridge, Mass.
Position Closed