Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (TR/HAP) is an international NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) which has received an award for Clinical Excellence from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Trauma Recovery/HAP is a non-profit organization that trains licensed mental health professionals throughout the United States and internationally who work in underserved communities where trauma is high and treatment options are limited. We also provide education and training to community members in how to recognize the effects of trauma after disasters.
EMDR is a SAMHSA approved, evidence-based therapeutic approach used by licensed mental health professionals all over the world. Please see SAMHSA’s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices. The American Psychiatric Association, Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and numerous international agencies have also listed EMDR therapy as an effective treatment.
In 2013, the World Health Organization also recommended EMDR therapy in its Guidelines for the management of conditions that are specifically related to stress. Geneva, WHO.
In fact, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and EMDR are the only psychotherapies recommended for children, adolescents and adults with PTSD. The Guidelines describe EMDR thusly, “This therapy is based on the idea that negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours are the result of unprocessed memories. The treatment involves standardized procedures that include focusing simultaneously on (a) spontaneous associations of traumatic images, thoughts, emotions and bodily sensations and (b) bilateral stimulation that is most commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. Like CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR therapy aims to reduce subjective distress and strengthen adaptive cognitions related to the traumatic event. Unlike CBT with a trauma focus, EMDR does not involve (a) detailed descriptions of the event, (b) direct challenging of beliefs, (c) extended exposure, or (d) homework.”(p.1)