At the Center for Post-Trauma Wellness, we provide education and help for people who have experienced trauma from abuse, neglect, injuries or other adversities, and we also assist professionals whose clients are people recovering from trauma.
Using Restorative Integral Support (RIS), which includes mind/body therapies and embodies research-informed interventions that address adverse childhood experiences and resilience, we offer a cost-effective, comprehensive, whole-person approach to recovery from trauma.
For more information on our approach, you might like to read this article on Restorative Integral Support (RIS) for Post-Trauma Wellness (© 2011 Heather Larkin and John Records) and this case study on the use of RIS.
How We Got Started
The Center for Post-Trauma Wellness grew out of the work of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) in Petaluma, California. COTS has spent more than 20 years and 200,000 hours helping 15,000 homeless people return to productive lives. In doing so, the staff of COTS has succeeded in exploring, evaluating and applying dozens of ways to support people wounded by abuse, neglect, injury and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). All proceeds from the Center for Post-Trauma Wellness benefit the nonprofit work of COTS.
John Records, JD, Executive Director
John Records was educated at Cornell University and New York University School of Law, practiced law in New York and Oregon, and has taught at several universities. Since 1992, John has been Executive Director of COTS, an award-winning non-profit agency helping homeless children and adults in Northern California. COTS has 40 staff members and volunteers contribute 50,000 hours each year.
John has also directed a program teaching meditation to people living with AIDS and other chronic illnesses. He has appeared numerous times on the Today Show and has been a guest on other network and regional television programs. His work also has been featured in electronic and print media.
Heather Larkin, PhD, Consultant on Research and Education
An Assistant Professor and social worker, Dr. Heather Larkin extends research on “adverse childhood experiences” (ACE) and trauma to help those most in need, integrates social work prevention and intervention research for trauma response, and develops international partnerships with program directors and practitioners focused on "ACE-informed programming."
With John Records, Heather has helped articulate an intervention model known as Restorative Integral Support (RIS) to help people recover from abuse, injury and neglect. Heather’s strong practice background includes psychosocial assessment, emergency services, individual, family, and group counseling, clinical supervision, and inter-agency collaboration. Her provision of mental health and substance abuse treatment across the lifespan, combined with experience in organizational consultation, service systems research, and policy analysis, has informed Heather’s graduate social work teaching at the Catholic University of America and the University at Albany (SUNY).
Heather leads ACE Think Tank and Action Team meetings in the Capital Region of New York and works closely with Prevent Child Abuse America and other agencies to raise awareness of ACE consequences and effective response strategies.