• MOVA  is working with service providers throughout the country to try to ensure that victims and witness of the Marathon Bombings receive needed support.  MOVA is committed to helping these survivors determine their own path to recovery and healing.

    The Massachusetts Resiliency Center

    The Massachusetts Resiliency Center [Resiliency Center] is a place of hope, healing, and recovery for survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings and the events that followed.  The Resiliency Center is a physical and virtual hub designed to enable individuals to access vital resources and services, receive information that fosters recovery and resilience, and come together for mutual support. The Resiliency Center offers a single-point of entry into a variety of strength-based services.  Funded by a federal grant through the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance, the Resiliency Center is located at 1208 VFW Parkway in Boston and welcomes all individuals and community members who have been impacted by the tragic events of April 15th, 2013, and the days that followed.  

    All services can be accessed by calling 1-844-STRONG1, e-mailing resiliencycenter@bmc.org, or visiting  www.MAresiliencycenter.org

    Additional Information

    Frequently Asked Questions Sheet (FAQ) pdf format of Marathon FAQs

    Resources Available to Victims of the Boston Marathon Attack

    AEAP Fact Sheet January 2014  pdf format of AEAP Fact Sheet January 2014

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post-Disaster Distress Suicide Assessment and the SPRINT E A Free Two Day Training

    In January 2015, the Massachusetts Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) launched a new Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan designed to compensate clinicians on a ‘fee-for-service’ basis to serve survivors, families and first responders[i] impacted by the 2013 Marathon Boston Bombings[ii].  To help launch this new initiative, MOVA is sponsoring a free, two-day training for Behavioral Health Clinicians (including LMHC, LCSW, FMT, PhD, PsyD, MD) March 28 & 29, 2015.  Participation in the training will help ensure clinician eligibility to participate in the Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan. All clinicians willing to serve this victim population, who are scattered across the state, are invited to attend.


    • Attendees must have 5 years of clinical experience, can include up to two years of internship.
    • Attendees must be licensed to practice independently or work with an agency and/or practice that is authorized to practice.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Post Disaster Distress
    Dr. Jessica Hamblen[iii], the Deputy Director for Education at the National Center for PTSD, along with her colleague, Juliette Mott, will lead an intensive two day training focused on addressing the behavioral health aftermath of human-caused violence using real life examples related to the Boston Marathon bombing. Dr. Hamblen is the principal author of a 12-session cognitive behavioral intervention for post-disaster distress that has been used following national and international disasters including the attack on World Trade Center and Hurricane Katrina.  

    Basic Suicide Assessment and Use of the “Sprint E” Diagnostic Tool
    Dr. April Naturale[iv], the architect of MOVA’s Marathon Bombing Behavioral Health Response Plan, will lead two short training modules: Administration of the SPRINT E (a disaster-specific diagnostic tool) and Basic Suicide Assessment.

    Dates/Time:  Saturday, March 28th & Sunday, March 29th; 9am-5pm each day**
    Location:  Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology, One Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
    To register:  Please visit https://movacbtmarch2015.eventbrite.com                 
    Registration is mandatory.  Deadline for registration is March 5, 2015
    Cost:  Free (A cost benefit of $750)   

    For additional information: Please contact Susan Vickers Susan.Vickers@state.ma.us

    Registration is limited to 60 participants ■ Free parking is available ■ All facilities are handicap accessible Complimentary coffee, tea, and water will be provided.  ■ Participants are invited to bring their own lunch and refreshments ■   For directions, go to: www.mspp.edu/about/location/directions.

    If you are a program director who has questions regarding the training or participating in the MOVA behavioral health program, please contact Susan Vickers at Susan.Vickers@state.ma.us

    CBT Training March 2015  pdf format of CBT Training March 2015

    At the end of the training, participants will received a signed Certificate of Participation and will be asked to commit to submitting an application to MOVA to become a registered provider (See below MSA FACT Sheet) and be commit to being open to taking at least one client via the program in the coming year.

    MSA Fact Sheet  docx format of MSA Fact Sheet