What Do TRN Associations and Chapters Do?

The Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) is a coalition of Trauma Recovery/HAP and local TRN associations and chapters in cities and regions across the U.S. Each association and chapter is the local initiative of EMDR-trained mental health clinicians, working as volunteers to assist their home communities and provide backup to other communities in times of emergency.

While emergency response, in the form of brief pro bono therapy, is the most prominent feature of association or chapter work, the capability to respond rests on the ongoing work of each association or chapter to prepare itself on several dimensions.

TRN Chapters focus on six key functions:

  • Continuing clinical education on best practices for responding to psychological stress in community emergencies
  • Educational outreach, to both the general public and community leaders, to acquaint them with the nature and treatment of psychological stress that may accompany community emergencies.
  • Networking with the local emergency management system so that the chapter’s capacity to assist is factored into emergency planning and response
  • Networking with the other components of the Trauma Recovery Network, to share informational resources and lessons learned.
  • Responding to local emergencies with pro bono services, as planned in collaboration with local emergency managers or other non-emergency community support services
  • Responding to distant emergencies when help is requested by other chapters facing high levels of need in their own locale.

Trauma Recovery/HAP volunteers who are EMDR clinicians are eligible to apply for membership in a TRN association or chapter here. If an association or chapter is not available, a group of Trauma Recovery/HAP volunteers can apply to start one here. Clinicians who have registered as volunteers with the Trauma Recovery Network, but have not joined a local association or chapter are considered members of the National Trauma Recovery Network At Large.