AnnualĀ Report

Fiscal Year 2022-2023

Looking Ahead

Dear CFTE Community,

2023 has been a year of expanding cross-cultural collaborations for CFTE. From our growing community of TCTSY facilitators in the Near East to our growing community of TIWL certificate holders located in different parts of the world, we are deepening partnerships so that, together, we can offer more high-quality trauma care to more people.

Collaboration was also a theme when it came to research, culminating in the publication of our largest and most robust study to date on TCTSY in December. Large-scale randomized controlled trials like this one involve the cooperation and input of hundreds of people, including researchers, facilitators, graduate students, participants and peer-reviewers. Also, this year, we are hiring our first advisory boardā€”a huge step forward for our growth as an international organization.

At CFTE, we are committed to sharing what we have and to learning from others as a form of trauma-informed practice. We look forward to more of it in 2024!

Thank you for your part in our global effort to care for trauma survivors.

Wishing you all the best this year.

Dave, Jenn, and Sydney
Center for Trauma and Embodiment


  • Published a new study in JAMA Network Open, which indicates U.S. women military veterans may prefer trauma sensitive yoga as a treatment for PTSD, showing greater symptom reduction early on compared to Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), the current gold standard of care.

  • Created a program offering trauma-sensitive yoga to transgender, gender queer and gender non-conforming youth, thanks to a grant from the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation. CFTE partnered with Childrenā€™s Friend and Family Services and the North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Youth (NAGLY), offering TCTSY foundational training for providers, many of whom also have a lived experience.

  • Created a program offering a multi-year refugee led collaboration with TCTSY leadership, as well as Leila Johnson, Mohammad Abu Srour, and many others, CFTE has accredited the training and certification of women living a refugee experience in Palestine and Lebanon. These community leaders are facilitating TCTSY to women and children in the Middle East. The team joined in our first roundtable discussion of 2023.

  • Trauma Informed Weight Lifting (TIWL) graduated over 80 people from a new eight-week certificate program designed to train fitness instructors, personal trainers and coaches in trauma-informed approaches to building and maintaining safety in fitness and gym spaces and in the relationships between coach and client.
  • Awarded over 40 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Scholarships to participants of the Trauma Informed Weight Lifting Certification and Foundation programs.

  • Incorporated Trauma Informed Weight Lifting program into two JRI youth residential programs, providing an adjunctive treatment to the other services JRI programs provide and began collecting data on the experience for youth and their care-providers.

  • Offered ReScripted, an innovative theater-based program, to address complex trauma for youth in Massachusetts, thanks to a grant from the Tower Foundation.

  • Hosted our 4th Annual Conference on Trauma & Embodiment, with over 335 enrollees attending worldwide.

  • Graduated more than 200 TCTSY certified facilitators in 2023, in addition to the over 800 existing facilitators from more than 40 countries, territories, and First Nations around the world.

  • Awarded over 5 Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Scholarships and 10 tuition assistant grants to participants of the 300-hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) Online Certification Program.

  • Offered free TCTSY classes to the American Sign Language community, provided by deaf and hearing impaired TCTSY certified facilitators.Ā 




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