Trauma Recovery Network Mission and Functions
The broad goals of emergency response are preparedness, mitigation, rescue and recovery. The mission of the Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) and the TRN associations and chapters is to seek these goals by pursuing six key functions for the benefit of their communities:
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Professional Development: Beside basic skills in EMDR, TRN clinicians are encouraged to become proficient in psychological first aid procedures, and in a variety of protocols that support early intervention such as R-TEP, EMD, and Emergency Response Protocol, as well as protocols for special populations and situations, such as children and groups. Training in these skills is often sponsored by TRN Associations or Chapters. They also may encourage local clinicians and clinical agencies that are not part of the TRN to increase their skills in these areas to increase the emergency response resources of their community.
- Public Education: TRN volunteers seek opportunities to inform the general public and community leaders, including emergency planners, about the nature of psychological trauma, the possibilities for prompt and effective treatment and the benefits of treatment for personal and community recovery from disaster. Such education enables the community to recognize the benefits of limiting exposure to traumatic stress and encourages leaders to factor effective trauma treatment into emergency planning.
- Networking With the Local Emergency Response System: TRN associations and chapters aim to establish and maintain ongoing relationships with other components of their community’s emergency response system. When emergencies arise, the goal of networking is that all components of the local system will already understand and have confidence in the role that the TRN can play, and the TRN can function efficiently in its caregiving role because it has already established good working relationships.
- Networking With the Other Associations and Chapters in the TRN: Through the national Trauma Recovery Network, local TRN associations and chapters have rapid and ongoing contact with each other. In normal times, they can share information and best practices regarding their efforts at professional development, public education and networking with local emergency response systems. When emergencies occur, the affected association or chapter can call upon expertise found in the membership of other groups as well as requesting volunteers from those associations or chapters to come in person and expand mental health response capacity. Local associations and chapters also share information on the services they provided during emergencies, including the organization and the outcomes of their efforts. Representatives of local groups are also asked to serve on advisory panels to develop performance standards that can guide development of chapter services.
- Responding to Emergencies in Their Own Community: Drawing on their individual skills and collaborative efforts, local TRN associations or chapters respond to local emergencies with the offer of time limited pro bono clinical services, tailored to the circumstances of the individual client or group that is being served, and conforming to the ethical standards of the clinical professions. Each association or chapter sets its own policies and procedures for when and how its members engage in this work, and each group takes responsibility for coordinating its efforts with the other participants in the local emergency response system.
- Responding to Emergencies at the Request of Other Chapters: When a local association or chapter confronts a disaster that exceeds its capacity to respond sufficiently, it may request volunteers to come from other associations or chapters. Because the chapters network and share information regularly, such volunteers will be highly likely to fit seamlessly into the work that has been started by the local chapter.