Terri Haven

Terri J. Haven, MSW, LICSW
Field Education Director



I have worked in the fields of human services and psychological trauma in varying capacities for over 30 years, including positions such as Addictions Counselor in a state penitentiary, Program Manager for a Community Action Agency, Director of Trauma Services, Human Rights Consultant, and Vice President of Clinical Operations for a multi-site outpatient mental health agency.  I have consecutively taught MSW coursework for the last 20 years, including at Springfield College, Smith College, Elms College, and currently in the MSW Program for Westfield State University.

In addition to an MSW from Springfield College, I am a Master Trainer in the Risking Connection Relational Trauma Model, certified in EMDR, and have completed training at the advanced level as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner.   I also served as a trauma consultant for a healing and reconciliation project in Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo. 

My clinical interests lie in serving the survivors and families of individual and community trauma as well as the providers who support them.  I maintain a private psychotherapy practice and provide consultation and training to individuals and organizations regarding the far-reaching impact of psychological trauma, including vicarious traumatization and the development of trauma-informed practice.

I joined Westfield State as the Field Education Director in 2012 where I also have the pleasure of working closely with our BSW and MSW students and community partners to develop and nurture the signature pedagogy of social work education – the field experience. 


  • Haven, T. J. (2009) “That part of the body is just gone”: Understanding and responding to Dissociation and physical health. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 10:2, 204-218.
  • Staub, E., Pearlman, L.A., Haven, T.J., Bilali, R., & Vollhardt, J. (2007). Promoting healing and reconciliation in the great lakes region: Public education project training manual. La Benevolencija, Rwanda.  
  • Haven, T. J. & Pearlman, L.A. (2004) Minding the body: The intersection of dissociation and physical health in relational trauma psychotherapy in K. A. Kendall-Tackett (Ed.), Health Consequences of Abuse in the Family: A Clinical Guide for Evidence-Based Practice.  American Psychological Association.
  • Haven, T. J. (2001). Breaking Silence Trauma Survivors Group Aims to Help Incarcerated Women.  Traumatic Stress Points. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Northbrook, IL.
  • Curran, S., DeCou, K., Dusek-Gomez, N., Haven, T., Rodriquez, M. (2000).Eds.  Fundamental Fairness: providing intermediate sanctions for women. National Institute for Corrections, Women’s Intermediate Sanctions Project – Final Report. Hampden County, MA.
  • Haven, T., DeCou, K., Vivian, J. (1999). Women Involved in the Criminal Justice System in Hampden County: 1998 Study – Who are these women?  National Institute for  Corrections Women’s Intermediate Sanctions Project. Hampden County, MA.

Representative Presentations

  • Vicarious Trauma in Dialysis: The Importance of Self-care. New England Association of Renal Social Workers, Worcester, MA, 2015
  • Helping the Helpers, Understanding, Responding, and Transforming Vicarious Traumatization, Clinical Support Options, Inc, Northampton, Pittsfield, and Athol locations, 2013 & 2014
  • Development of an Effective Human Services “Team within a Team”, Berkshire Children and Families, Family Network Group, Hadley, MA 2012 & 2013
  • Strengthening Families and the Integration of Trauma-Informed Care, Berkshire Children and Families, Northampton, MA, 2011
  • Understanding and Responding to Trauma, Morningside Shelter, Brattleboro, VT, 2011
  • Integrating Trauma-Informed Care, Berkshire Children and Families, Northampton, MA, 2011
  • The Body’s Voice: Understanding and Responding to Trauma-Induced Dissociation, New England Consortium of Graduate Social Work Schools & Springfield College, 2010
  • Vicarious Traumatization, Risks & Transformation, Jewish Family Services, Springfield, MA, 2010
  • Promoting Healing and Reconciliation, LaBenevolencija, Kigali, Rwanda, 2007
  • Health effects of childhood adversity: knowledge and dissemination, Discussant, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Toronto, Canada, 2005
  • Physical Health and Dissociation in Relational Trauma Psychotherapies, International Society For Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2002
  • Risking Connection, Transforming your work with trauma survivors, Springfield College School Of Social Work Post Masters Workshop, Springfield, MA, 2001
  • Understanding and Responding to Trauma
         Morningside Shelter, Brattleboro, VT, 2011
    Berkshire Children and Families, Northampton, MA, 2010
         Springfield College, Springfield, MA, 2006
    Mental Health Association, Springfield, MA, 2005
         Community Safety Center, Hampden County Dept of Corrections, Springfield, MA, 2003, 2004
    Hampden County Correctional Center, Ludlow, MA, 2002
         River Street School, Windsor, CT, 2002