Make a difference this #GivingTuesday!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Your ongoing support of our organization has allowed us to make the most of 2017. This past year we were able to train over 3000 clinicians, from nonprofit organizations and in developing countries, to treat trauma while providing an unprecedented amount of disaster recovery efforts through our Trauma Recovery Network (TRN).

Help us make a difference in 2018 on this global giving day!

Your gift will make a difference. Click here to become a Sustaining Donor by making your gift monthly!

If holiday shopping makes it hard to give, you can also click here to select “EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs” as your AmazonSmile organization of choice so that with every purchase you make on Amazon we receive a donation at no additional expense to you.

You can also easily generate your own donation page by clicking here to encourage your friends and family to join in during the giving season!

We hope to make 2018 our greatest year yet starting with a successful #GivingTuesday!


The Inaugural EMDR Humanitarian Hero Awards

On May 4th at 5:30 PM at Cascade in Hamden, CT…







In today’s 24-7 news cycle, it seems that barely a day goes by that we are not confronted with a tragedy somewhere in the world. Our mission, as a disaster recovery organization, is to deliver on-site education and assistance to clinicians and other human services personnel within a disaster impacted community, creating an enduring resource for local recovery efforts. But we can only fulfill our mission with the help of amazing and dedicated professionals in our community, across the USA and around the world.

The EMDR Humanitarian Hero Award is designed to recognize the efforts of those essential people who dedicate themselves to helping those traumatized by natural or man-made disasters. Colette Anderson and Anthony Campbell, this year’s honorees, have both worked to make it possible for more individuals from under-served communities to gain access to mental health resources.


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May is Mental Health Month!

If we want to break down discrimination and stigma surrounding mental illnesses we need to start talking about mental health before Stage 4 and sharing how it feels to live with a mental illness.

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A Special Screening of a Groundbreaking Documentary

See the next film in the inspirational two part James Redford series on ACES and trauma!

Special Screening Wednesday, May 25th 7:00pm at Shubert Theater in New Haven, CT.


Featuring New Haven’s own Clifford Beers Clinic and ALIVE Programs!

Learn how the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) affect not only a child’s developing brain and behavior, but also their physical health.

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Tickets are free, but you must register.

For more information and other screenings near you click here!

In Memory of John Marquis

John_MarquisJohn Marquis was volunteer, board member and long time supporter of Trauma Recovery/HAP.  He will be dearly missed.  We are very honored that his daughter, Priscilla Marquis, has followed in his footsteps as a very active supporter and volunteer.  We are extremely thankful for the donations being made in his memory and will continue to work towards our mission as passionately as he did.  Priscilla shared this note with us:

John Marquis, EMDR Facilitator, passed away on Thursday March 17th at his home due to complications from Kidney Disease. He died peacefully, surrounded by his family. For those who didn’t know him, John Marquis was one of the EMDR Pioneers who attended one of Dr. Shapiro’s first trainings. He worked to spread the word about EMDR and encouraged Joseph Wolpe to get trained. He published a case series of 78 cases. He sponsored one of the early EMDR Trainings at the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology. He worked as a facilitator for the EMDR institute for many years. John was also on the EMDR HAP Board for four years and did many humanitarian trainings over the years, the first of which was an independent humanitarian training in Nicaragua. He travelled to Oklahoma City to work with survivors of the bombing, to Florida to work with Hurricane survivors and to Bangladesh. He continued his humanitarian work until his retirement when he was 80 years old. Most of all, my father performed thousands of EMDR sessions with his private practice clients over the years. He worked with anyone who came through his door, regardless of their ability to pay. He helped his clients to transform trauma with the help of EMDR and a lifetime of clinical skills. If anyone would like to pay tribute to him, he would be most honored by a donation to Trauma Recovery EMDR HAP, his favorite charity. Sending love, Priscilla

Paper Tigers Screening Near You!

“Stressed brains can’t learn.”

That was the nugget of neuroscience that Jim Sporleder, principal of a high school riddled with violence, drugs and truancy, took away from an educational conference in 2010. Three years later, the number of fights at Lincoln Alternative High School had gone down by 75% and the graduation rate had increased five‐fold.

Paper Tigers is the story of how one school made such dramatic progress. Following six students over the course of a school year, we see Lincoln’s staff try a new approach to discipline: one based on understanding and treatment rather than judgment and suspension. Using a combination of verite and revealing diary cam footage, Paper Tigers is a testament to what the latest developmental science is showing: that just one caring adult can help break the cycle of adversity in a young person’s life.

CT Screening of Paper Tigers:

October 28, 2015

6:30 PM

Shubert Theatre New Haven, CT

Admission is free but registration is required. Visit for details and to register.

Note: Mature content. Not suitable for all audiences. Discretion is advised.

For those located outside of CT please visit for showings near you!

HAPpy 4th of July!


 Wishing you a happy and healthy 4th from all of us at Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs!

Dr. Francine Shapiro interviewed on WRVO

Dr. Francine Shapiro interviewed on WRVO:

North Haven Rotary Learns of Trauma Recovery


David P. Marchesseault, Publicity Chair
Chapel Hill Road
North Haven, CT 06473
Tel. (203) 859-5968

North Haven Rotary Learns of Trauma Recovery

Responding to tragedies such as the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the mass murders in Newtown, an organization with a focus on psychotherapy was the topic of the weekly program at a meeting of the North Haven Rotary Club in late April. The nonprofit which is self described as “committed to relieving human suffering and breaking the cycle of violence” was founded in the late 80’s by Francine Shapiro, PhD after the Oklahoma bombing.

Originally known as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Humanitarian Assistance Program, the foundation recently decided to shorten its name to Trauma Recovery for obvious reasons. The presenter was a Rotarian from New Haven named Carol Martin who serves as the Executive Director for Trauma Recovery in Hamden where she oversees trainees, volunteers, and host agencies.

The charity now operates in 50 states and 33 countries training clinicians and first responders on how to deal with the victims of traumatic events. She emphasized that trauma affects far more than just soldiers fighting in a war zone, adding that most people have experienced trauma, whether in a car accident, or a national disaster. Martin explained that trauma can have a lasting effect on anyone who experiences significantly disturbing events or a sudden loss. Consequences of this overload may include depression, anxiety, fear, guilt, addiction, violence, poor job performance, and/or poor parenting.

The presenter said that it is difficult for clinicians and first responders to learn new treatment options in the midst of a disaster, or when confronted by clients with complex and often extended trauma symptoms. Trauma Recovery develops networks of trained clinicians who train other clinicians in their own communities. Further details can be found at

Carol Martin addresses Rotary clubs

Carol Martin addressed 3 Rotary clubs about Trauma Recovery on April 29th.
Text & photo courtesy of David Marchesseault & George Guertin, Rotary Publicity Committee

Trauma Recovery/HAP at EMDRIA 2014



Thank you to all who contributed to our Honor Wall at EMDRIA!

In Honor of Donated by
Dorothy Ashman Joset Munro
Judy Dale Deborah Price
Barbara Perry Cher McClellan
Trauma Recovery/HAP Czikus Carriere
Trauma Recovery/HAP Staff Ira Dressner
Trauma Recovery/HAP Volunteers Carol Martin
Margie Buchanan Richard Murphy
Kathy Davis Lynn Buhler
Karen Stacy Anonymous
Lynda Ruf & in memory
of Sandy Kremer
Vicky Cole
Joseph & Mary LaPorta Eileen
Francine Shapiro Jamie Vavarontsos
All of my clients, past & future Carrie Hunter
AzTRN Volunteers Beverlee Laidlaw Chasse
Michael Keller, LCSW Kay Gottrich
Kathy Davis Susan Tieger
My Children Yvette Goldurs
Vic Schoonover Ardi Schoonover
Francine Shapiro Marian Lancaster
All the children Sandy Papp
Sandra Kremer Jean Hawks
Jennifer Hill Marianne
Shanti Shipero Jocelyn Barrett
Bob Gelbach Janet & Jeff Wright
Carol York’s Mother Robbie Dunton
Julie Stowasser Susan Goodell
Trauma Recovery/HAP Scott Ginther
Kathy Davis Cynthia Carr
200+ EMDR Clinicians in the
West Bank of Palestine
Bob Gelbach
Trauma Recovery/HAP Board Carol Martin
Marlene Dwyer Jen, with love
EMDR Volunteers Victoria Anderson
Dave Olson Karen Olson
Liz Witkowsky Halusia
Layla Karl S.
Daisy Fern Ilyssa Swartout
Trauma Recovery/HAP Irene Giessl

Thank you for supporting Trauma Recovery/HAP!!