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Founder’s Month – Celebrating Dr. Francine Shapiro

“The past affects the present even without our being aware of it.”

Francine Shapiro, PhD

Dr. Francine Shapiro founded Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs nearly 30 years ago with the vision to bring hope and healing to those suffering the effects of emotional trauma through EMDR therapy. Her vision continues to guide the work of Trauma Recovery/HAP to this day.

Each June during Founder’s Month, we celebrate the legacy of Francine and remember the many roles she embodied. To some she was a developer, a teacher, an author, to others a mentor and a visionary. She continues to be a source of motivation and inspiration for us all.

Trauma Recovery/HAP Faculty Academy

Francine was dedicated to upholding the highest standards for providing and teaching EMDR therapy. She developed a faculty training program to train knowledgeable and dedicated EMDR trainers. Dr. Shapiro’s legacy continues as our volunteers train and teach the next generation of HAP Faculty.

Rosalie Thomas, Trauma Recovery/HAP Senior Clinical Consultant, was trained by Francine as an EMDR clinician, and eventually as a trainer and trainer-of-trainers. She shared the following thoughts on our current Faculty Academy:

“Dr. Shapiro was a precise observer, dedicated scientist, an extraordinary teacher and mentor, and held a deep compassion for human suffering.  The Trauma Recovery/HAP Faculty Academy strives to follow in her footsteps and meet her challenges by providing faculty training that is true to her model and provides support for continuing her passion for bringing healing to the underserved around the world.”

Funding the Future – Trauma Recovery/HAP’s Scholarship Fund

At the end of 2022, we launched a new Scholarship Fund with the goal of increasing the number of EMDR trained clinicians available to communities in need. Through the Scholarship Fund, Trauma Recovery/HAP is providing approximately twenty scholarships per calendar year to master’s level (or higher) students that are interested in working in Community Mental Health.

This Founder’s Month, we’ve set a goal to raise $20,000 by the end of June to cover the cost to provide a year of scholarships.

We’re thrilled to announce that William and Margaret Stadtlander have generously donated $5,000 towards our $20,000 goal, establishing the Maudie and Graham Ritchie Scholarship in honor of longtime HAP supporter and Board Member Emeritus, Maudie Ritchie.

Throughout the month of June, we will be sharing stories from our first round of scholarship recipients and shining a light on the difference this Scholarship Fund is making in our communities. You will have the opportunity to learn about the important impact scholarship recipients are making through EMDR therapy and make a donation in support of the Scholarship Fund, if you choose.

Ways to be involved in Founder’s Month

During Founder’s Month, we invite you to participate and engage with our wonderful community of volunteers and supporters.

Here are a few ways: