Welcome Letter

Hello all,

It is with great enthusiasm and respect for our work with the volunteers of Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarians Assistance Programs, that we present this manual.

Trauma Recovery/HAP was born out of the ambitious efforts of a group of EMDR clinicians who responded to the Oklahoma City bombing and treated the first responders.

This legacy of providing hope and healing has continued for more than 20 years. Our work internationally as well as nationally has been a rich experience. The wisdom gained by this experience has taught us two important lessons:

“We need to be prepared to heal and trained to help”

This TRN manual builds a framework for developing the Trauma Recovery Network. There are three levels within the organization of the TRN’s and you can choose the level at which you would like to be involved:

  • National Recovery Network: Volunteers engaged in the TRN initiative where a local EMDR clinician community has not yet come together.
  • TRN Association: A community of local EMDR clinicians not choosing to form a legally registered entity.
  • TRN Chapter: A community of active local EMDR clinicians ready to organize as a non-profit entity and to become a registered affiliate of Trauma Recovery/HAP.

The TRN was developed as part of a collective effort by many of the emerging TRN’s. We are most grateful for the time and energy all these volunteers put into its creation.

We extend our thanks to the Western Massachusetts TRN for forging the way and sharing “How to Start a TRN” binder that acted as our foundation. The Arizona TRN co-created the 2nd edition of the TRN manual, providing us with updated clinical forms and a wealth of psychoeducational material. The Arizona TRN is also leading the way in the website development for the TRN’s.

The Long Island TRN developed a manual template and a PowerPoint for developing a local TRN. The PowerPoint is included in the TRN introduction material.

The San Diego TRN created the template for our new brochure. We also wish to acknowledge the Boston TRN and the Fairfield County TRN for taking the lead with innovative planning and responses to community disasters.

We are grateful to the community of First Responders and Emergency Management Teams who taught us how to be a part of a disaster response team and opened their office, fire stations, and places of worship in order to receive the trauma education and clinical expertise of our Trauma Recovery Network volunteers.


Carol Martin
Executive Director