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Who can be a TRN Volunteer?

All Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) volunteers, whether in a chapter or at-large, are expected to:

  • have completed EMDR Part I and Part II basic training, as approved by EMDRIA (and preferably have completed certification as well)
  • maintain a valid clinical license in their place of practice
  • carry liability and malpractice insurance, at the $1 million/$3 million level, to cover their independent practice
  • review and accept the TRN Mission and Functions, Statement of Principles and Basic Standards documents.

Much of the value that TRN volunteers bring to their work in emergency situations and community support comes from professional development facilitated by TRN associations and chapters, and by the public education and coordination of services promoted by associations and chapters in their interactions with local emergency managers. Such opportunities are less available to at-large members.

Who Can Join a TRN Association or Chapter?

Volunteers at individual TRN associations and chapters must meet the minimum requirements of national Trauma Recovery Network members. Beyond this, individual associations and chapters are self-governing groups of professionals. They may add additional expectations for membership, so long as these are consistent with the governing TRN documents.

In the event of a large scale emergency, an association or chapter may need to seek the help of additional volunteers from other associations or chapters or from at large volunteers. When volunteers come to the aid of a local chapter, they will be expected to by guided by the terms of engagement established between the local chapter and regional emergency managers. They should also present upon arrival copies of their licensure and insurance coverage, and be guided by the local chapter and relevant state licensure regulations in offering their services during an emergency.

What Do Volunteers Do?

In a local emergency, volunteers provide pro bono clinical services to individuals and/or groups, utilizing EMDR-based early interventions, as well as standard interventions that are endorsed by specialists in emergency care. The timeliness and efficiency of these services is a function of the association or chapter’s prior efforts and success in preparing both themselves and their community to make effective use of emergency mental health services. In any given community, emergencies requiring direct service may be relatively rare, but the chapter will be active in “normal” times preparing for potential emergencies. The TRN document Mission and Functions provides an overview of the six fundamental functions that chapters are committed to address. For a summary of notable emergencies where TRN chapters have served, see Emergency Response: A Brief History.

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