Please note that additional news on EMDR HAP can be found in previous editions of the HAP Newsletter
Dozens of HAP volunteers have traveled to the Gulf Coast since September to relieve trauma.
In New Orleans, Baton Rouge and the battered communities of southern Louisiana, HAP brought psychoeducation and individual counseling to hundreds of first responders. Meanwhile, HAP trained 100 local clinicians in New Orleans and Hattiesburg MS in Part I EMDR. Consultation for the participants is underway and Part II training will follow.
Both training for local clinicians and direct service to probation and parole officers in southern Louisiana, were made possible by massive donations from the US EMDR clinical community. State and local agencies on the Gulf Coast have no spare funds for mental health support to their employees at this critical time. And the need is great, not only among first responders. Many private companies have been looking for scarce EMDR clinicians to assist their employees to overcome their stress.
HAP training for local non-profit agency clinicians is bringing a new resource to the region: Mississippi's supply of EMDR clinicians more than tripled in one weekend. The clinicians trained in Mississippi and New Orleans will need plenty of consultation as well as Part II in a few months time. And here too, there are no funds, even for HAP's low fees. Again donors have made the difference so far.
Looking ahead, HAP is already being asked to extend both the direct service and the clinical training. Volunteers are in plentiful supply, but resources to pay their expenses and provide adequate coordination on the ground are running low. If a few major grants or a new rise in donations arrive in time, the program will continue and grow. Otherwise, direct service will be scaled back so that training of local clinicians can be more fully supported.
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