The Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing

In the Spring of 2013, after two daytime shootings steps from the church, Rev. Liz Walker brought together community members and non-profit leaders to address the violence. When asked about the root cause, one participant stated, “too much-untreated PTSD and too many guns.” Those discussions led the Roxbury Presbyterian Church Social Impact Center, along with support from Partners HealthCare and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, to launch the Cory Johnson Program for Post-Traumatic Healing in September 2014.  Named after a promising young church member killed in a random shooting in 2010, the Cory Johnson Program is the church’s response to the tremendous need for trauma healing in our neighborhood, on the streets, and among the members of our congregation.


traumatic energy from our bodies


and control our emotions


with ourselves and others


to new sense of meaning and purpose

 “Trauma is at the core of public health concerns. Key impacts include emotional dysregulation, loss of safety and trust, a pervasive sense of disconnection from self and others, and a comprehensive sense of disorientation that leads to loss of meaning.” (Trauma and Recovery, Herman, 1992).