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Eric Arauz, MLER is the President of the Trauma Institute of New Jersey He is an internationally recognized theorist, speaker, systems consultant, trainer and national award-winning author. Eric is a volunteer adjunct faculty instructor at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in the department of Psychiatry. He consults on trauma-informed practice and recovery-based psychiatric treatment with organizations from the state of Oregon; the University of Colorado-Denver; state Psychiatric hospitals in Colorado, Missouri and New York; Parkland Health Systems Dallas, Texas; Cone Behavioral Health North Carolina; the US Army and the state of NJ’s Children System of Care.

His work in Trauma focuses on the Neurobiology of Helplessness with interventions based on Interpersonal Neurobiology, Stress Physiology, the Polyvagal Theory, Prolonged Exposure therapy, Neuroeducation, Cognitive and Somatic Narrative Reconstruction and Trauma-Informed Storytelling. He co-created the Psych Congress national Trauma Institute in conjunction with faculty of the Ralph H. Johnson Veterans Hospital and the Medical University of South Carolina. He also created the American Psychiatric Nurses Association Trauma-Informed Recovery curriculum for the national Recovery to Practice grant by SAMHSA as a five-year faculty member. He is currently completing the 94 hour Interpersonal Neurobiology course through UCLA and the Mindsight Institute with Dan Siegel M.D.

Eric has hosted Grand Rounds at the Resnik Neuropsychiatric hospital UCLA, the University of Illinois-Chicago Medical Center, Beth Israel New York City, Parkland Community hospital Dallas TX, the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and many others.  He has won fellowships and national awards for his work from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA-US Department of Health) and the American Psychiatric Nurse Association (APNA). He is a steering committee member of the US Psychiatric and Mental Health Congress and on the board of trustees of the Institute for Nursing of the New Jersey State Nurses Association.  He was the co-creator and Vice Chairman of the Opiate Task Force for the NJ Governors Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and served as a state officer appointed by Governor Christie. Eric has done all this while being diagnosed with developmental trauma from near fatal child abuse that included an attempted murder by his biological father when Eric was 12 and posttraumatic stress disorder due to being held in restraints for over 24 hours in 1996 while inpatient in a maximum security Veterans Administration Psychiatric Hospital. Eric has also been diagnosed with Bipolar 1 Disorder that has included 3 maximum-security psychiatric hospitalizations from 1995-2000 and addiction. He is continuously sober since 1996 and symptom free of his Bipolar disorder since 2000. He is free of all medication since 2007.

Eric holds a professional Masters Degree from the Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations concentrating on Industrial Relations and Systems Integration. Eric is a disabled veteran of the United States Navy that served in Operation Desert Storm deployed to the Red Sea as part of an international maritime interdiction force.