Larry is the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center. He has provided direct therapeutic services for over 20 years and managed mental health services for over 15 years. His clinical areas of expertise include work with children, adolescents, adults, and families who are trauma survivors and/or suicide survivors. He coordinates and provides disaster response services and post-suicide intervention for individuals, schools, workplaces, and communities, and conducts trainings on suicide prevention. Larry holds a doctoral degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed Psychologist in Massachusetts. He is on the Executive Committee of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, serves as the Co-Chair of the Northeast Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention, and holds an appointment as a Teaching Associate in Psychology, Part Time, at Harvard Medical School’s Department of Psychiatry.
Jim is the Co-Founder of Riverside Trauma Center, and has extensive experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. He has managed outpatient mental health clinics and programs for children for more than 20 years. Jim provides support services for those affected by traumatic events, and he has consulted with numerous schools and communities in Massachusetts on trauma responses. He gives consultation and training on postvention services, suicide clusters, and to suicide prevention coalitions. He has presented at statewide and national conferences on these topics. Jim is a graduate of the Boston University School of Social Work, and is trained to conduct psychological autopsy investigations. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Sociology Department at Suffolk University. An Army veteran, he has a special interest in developing and providing services for returning vets. Jim is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).
Languages: English, American Sign Language
Clinical Services Director
Joanna has worked with youth, families, adults, and communities that have experienced trauma in a wide range of settings in the U.S. and abroad for more than 15 years. In addition to coordinating Riverside Trauma Center’s Trauma and Loss Counseling program, she is also responsible for responding to community disasters and providing trainings for the community on trauma, resilience, trauma-informed care, and suicide prevention and postvention. Joanna has an MSW from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Health and a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center at JRI. She has training in a range of trauma and loss specific therapeutic modalities.
Languages: English, Spanish
Suicide Prevention Specialist
Sarah Gaer began working in human services in 1998 and has experience in substance abuse, mental illness, developmental disabilities, and forensics. Sarah has specialized in trauma treatment of veterans and women survivors of sexual abuse. As a member of the trauma response team, she has responded to natural disasters, homicides, suicides, and terrorism within the community. She was a Team Leader for the trauma team that responded to the June 1st tornado in western and central Massachusetts through a FEMA grant managed by Riverside. At Riverside Trauma Center her specific focus is on developing initiatives for suicide prevention related to middle-aged men, and she is an active member of the trauma response and community training teams. Sarah is a Master’s level clinician and graduate of Antioch New England University. She is trained in Psychological First Aid, Skills for Psychological Recovery, Rainbow Dance (a program for trauma response with young children), and has most recently been accepted as a Master Trainer for the QPR Institute.
Senior Clinician – Coordinator for Program Development
Nanci is a seasoned clinician and trainer with 20 years of experience. Her specialties include adolescent mental health; family systems; school-based programming, community-based psychotherapy; program analysis, development, and management; and suicide postvention. She has been a Trauma Responder at Riverside Trauma Center for broad-scale events like the Boston Marathon bombing, and for more localized events such as suicides and other sudden losses in schools and communities. At Riverside Trauma Center, Nanci conducts trainings and is responsible for program development and trauma responses. She holds a specialty certificate in family therapy, is a Certified Instructor for QPR Gatekeeper Course for Suicide Prevention, a Certified Instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid, and a Certified Trainer for the Signs of Suicide school-based prevention curriculum. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers – Massachusetts Chapter and is President Emerita of Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association.
Since 2004, Jenny has been providing individual and family therapy services in various outreach settings. She started working at Riverside Community Care in 2008 as a home-based family therapist for Riverside Alternative Youth Service – a town funded home-based family services program. Her position evolved as the program grew and she took on the role of intake coordinator and on-call supervisor. Jenny’s wide range of skills make her indispensable to Riverside Trauma Center as she develops and manages fiscal systems; implements methods to improve daily productivity, efficiency, and organization; and supports the work of our staff by assisting with trainings, screenings, research and resource development, and critical incident responses. Jenny has a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk University.
Coordinator, Trauma and Loss Counseling service
Marlene’s clinical interests focus on trauma, grief and loss, and traumatic loss. She has worked with traumatized teen mothers and children, as well as adult and teen suicide and homicide survivors. She has had various roles at Riverside Trauma Center, having worked as a Suicide Prevention Specialist and a member of the trauma response team. She currently sees clients as part of Riverside Trauma Center’s Trauma and Loss Counseling service, and is helping to develop the practice to increase community awareness of the program. A graduate of the National Catholic School of Social Service at the Catholic University of America, Marlene is EMDRIA certified to provide EMDR Therapy and consultation. She is also trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Sensory Motor Arousal Therapy (SMART), play therapy, and has participated in trauma trainings at the Trauma Center at JRI. She has a certification in Advanced Family Therapy from the Boston Family Therapy Training Institute, and is a member of the New England Society for Trauma and Disassociation.
Waheeda has worked with adolescents and adults for over 10 years, providing therapy to survivors of abuse, sexual assault, and domestic violence. Prior to that, she served as a Guardian ad Litem for the Florida court system. She has been with Riverside Trauma Center since 2008, providing consultation after traumatic events, as well as conducting trainings on a range of issues regarding trauma and suicide. She served as a Team Leader in our FEMA-funded response to the tornados in central and western Massachusetts in 2011. Waheeda is trained specifically in trauma therapy modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). She has a graduate degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College.
Languages: Urdu/Hindi, English
All photos ©Ellen Schub 2014