Serious psychological trauma results from the natural and man-made disasters, war, gun violence, and crime afflicting both survivors and the first responders who come to their aid.
Since 1995, at the time of a terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, Trauma Recovery/ Humanitarian Assistance Programs has brought mental health clinicians with evidence-based therapy to the scene of disasters, providing pro bono care to thousands. The Trauma Recovery Network® (TRN®) grew out of this tradition and now helps hundreds of skilled therapist/volunteers serve the communities affected by disasters through a comprehensive program of preparation, mitigation, rescue and response.
Mental health professionals trained in EMDR Parts I and II form local/regional TRN groups. Staffed entirely by volunteers, these member groups are the key to local aid and recovery. They work to restore and safeguard community psychological well-being in the event of a disaster.
Each Trauma Recovery Network association is charged with the responsibility to assist in times of emergency with pro bono services and to address ongoing circumstances contributing to trauma in their local communities. The TRN networks with the local emergency management system and with other groups within the TRN community to share informational resources and lessons learned and to engage in outreach to both the general public and community leaders on the nature and treatment of psychological stress.
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The national network helps each local/regional group keep up to date and relevant on emerging best practices for early treatment of psychological trauma. When disasters are very large or prolonged, Trauma Recovery/HAP helps local groups access trained clinicians in other localities, to contribute to pro bono services offered to survivors and first responders.
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Trauma Recovery/HAP Mission: To increase the capacity for effective treatment of psychological trauma in under-served communities anywhere in the world.
Trauma Recovery Network Purposes: to assist in times of emergency with pro bono services and to address ongoing circumstances contributing to trauma in their local communities; to network with the local emergency management system and with other groups within the TRN to share informational resources and lessons learned; to engage in outreach to both the general public and community leaders on the nature and treatment of psychological stress.
Please review the obligations of TRN Members and TRN Associations provided below:
TRN Member Obligations
TRN Association Obligations
EMDR Resources for the Era of Covid-19 was written by EMDR experts to inform and support therapists responding to the needs of victims of the pandemic’s trauma and offers a level of care framework for how to understand EMDR therapy intervention during this crisis.
This new resource was compiled and edited by Marilyn Luber, PhD, and licensed clinical psychologist, herself stricken with Covid-19 in March 2020, then reaching out to colleagues to navigate the emotional toll of the illness. This eBook will help clinicians and through treatment, their clients, find ways to cope and build resilience to promote recovery.