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Building Community Response and Recovery: Recap of the 2023 Trauma Recovery Network Conference

The 2023 Trauma Recovery Network Conference, held April 21 and 22 in Garden Grove, CA, was a resounding success, thanks to the collective efforts of our dedicated organizers, passionate speakers, generous sponsors and engaged participants. With the theme “Building Community Response and Recovery,” the conference brought together a diverse group of professionals, including many of our Trauma Recovery Network volunteers, to explore innovative approaches to trauma healing and recovery.

Keynote Speakers Inspire Hope

The conference kicked off with an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Gary Quinn, psychiatrist and Director of The EMDR Institute of Israel. Dr. Quinn shared from his personal experience conducting trainings in Israel, as well as volunteering in numerous disaster responses such as the Turkey earthquake of 1999 and the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. His research and demonstration of ISP – Immediate Stabilization Procedure for manmade and natural disasters made a lasting impact on attendees.

Day two of the conference began with an exciting keynote address by Dr. Philip Manfield, psychologist, author, and developer of the Flash Technique. Dr. Manfield shared the research behind using Flash as an effective and accessible early intervention for situations involving disasters, terrorist actions, refugees, war, and other similar situations. He gave attendees the opportunity to experience the Flash Technique in practicum by leading them through a Group Flash Experience.

Both keynote speakers generously provided all conference attendees with a complimentary webinar training on their presented protocols following the conference.

Innovative Presentations and Cutting-Edge Research

Over the course of two days, attendees had the opportunity to participate in a wide range of innovative presentations and panel discussions. These sessions covered a multitude of topics, including using EMDR therapy with pregnant and postpartum clients, treating trauma among EMS, humanitarian aid workers, and first responders, and ethical considerations for disaster mental health responses. Participants engaged in thoughtful Q&A with presenters and learned from experts in the subject matter.

One of the highlights of the conference was the presentation of cutting-edge research in the field of trauma recovery and disaster response. Presenters shared research from around the world on topics such as,

  • Utilizing PIPA (Professional Intervention Program for Adversity) in Ethiopia
  • Low-Intensity Flash Technique Trauma Intervention by Pre-licensed Student-clinicians
  • and ASSYST & EMDR-IGTP-OTS Humanitarian Psychosocial Pilot Project for Ukrainian Refugees Displaced by War.

The conference provided an opportunity for the exchange of information and ideas that will certainly impact the future of mental health disaster response.

Building Connections: Networking and Support

The Trauma Recovery Network Conference was not only about learning; it was also about connecting. Attendees had the opportunity to build meaningful relationships with fellow clinicians, researchers, and volunteers.

On Friday, we held a special Lunch & Learn session where Orange County TRN Coordinator Mary Eason facilitated an open conversation with state and county officials on the importance of TRNs building partnerships in their community pre- and post-disaster.

During the Friday evening networking reception, as well as during breaks in between sessions, attendees gathered in the Exhibitor Hall where they connected and gathered information from numerous exhibitors. We want to thank the following exhibitors for participating in and enriching our inaugural TRN Conference:

Bilateral Stimulation.io
The Biomat Store
CPTSD Foundation
EMDR Research Foundation
Lido Wellness Center
Newport Healthcare

The sense of community that emerged from these networking events was palpable and served as a reminder of the importance of bringing our community together.

Looking Ahead

As we reflect on the 2023 Trauma Recovery Network Conference, we are filled with gratitude for the tireless efforts of our organizers, the expertise of our presenters, and the openness and engagement of our attendees. We believe that the connections established, and the knowledge shared at this event will continue to drive progress in trauma recovery for years to come.

Save the Date: 2024 HAP Conference

Mark your calendars because we’re excited to announce that the HAP Conference will return in 2024.

HAP Conference: Enhancing Community Recovery and Response with EMDR
Date: August 23-24, 2024
Location: Philadelphia, PA

In-person | Anticipated 200+ attendees | Expanded 2 full days

We’ll be sharing more details in the coming months, so stay tuned for updates.

Thank you all for being a part of this incredible journey toward healing and recovery. Together, we are making a difference in the lives of trauma survivors around the world.

2023 Trauma Recovery Network Conference

Dates: Friday April 21, 8:30am to 5pm 
Saturday April 22, 8:30am to 2pm 

Location: Embassy Suites by Hilton Anaheim South
11767 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

Our 2023 TRN Conference was a two day, in-person conference centered on the theme “Building Community Response and Recovery”.

Conference Recording: A full recording of the conference will be made available to in-person attendees, as well as non-attendees (for a fee). An email announcement will go out when the recording is open to the public.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Gary Quinn

Gary Quinn, MD, is a psychiatrist and Director of The EMDR Institute of Israel. He specializes in Crisis Intervention, the treatment of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders, and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder following military trauma, terrorist attacks and motor vehicle accidents. He has conducted numerous trainings in Israel and runs supervision groups. He is the Trainer of Trainers in Asia for the EMDR Institute Inc. and is a Senior Trainer in Asia and the United States. He participated as a trainer for Trauma Recovery/HAP in Turkey following the earthquake of 1999, in Thailand, after the tsunami in 2004, as well in Romania and Cambodia. He has volunteered in medical hospitals and bomb shelters after terrorist attacks. He developed the Emergency Response Protocol (ERP) for EMDR therapists to treat victims of trauma within hours of the incident. He has presented this work at conferences in Europe, Asia, America, and Africa. He was invited to Singapore as a PTSD expert to address the Psychiatric, Psychological and Medical staff as well as policy makers from the Department of Mental Health and was the keynote speaker at the Singapore International Conference on treatment of Acute Stress Disorder.

Dr. Quinn developed Self-Care Procedure for Coronavirus (SCP-C) – a self-healing stabilization procedure for both individuals and groups suffering from anxiety, panic, or helplessness related to coronavirus. It has been published in the book EMDR Resources in the Era of COVID-19, edited by Marilyn Luber.

He developed ISP® – Immediate Stabilization Procedure- to replace ERP. It is now available for use by both by EMDR therapists, other clinicians and first responders. It has been used successfully to treat victims of war in the Ukraine.

Dr. Philip Manfield

Dr. Philip Manfield

Philip Manfield, Ph.D. has practiced psychotherapy in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1975. He has authored or edited four books about psychotherapy and EMDR and taught on six continents.

Most recently, Dr. Manfield has developed the flash technique, a process that permits the reduction of disturbance of overwhelmingly disturbing memories with virtually no pain. He has been the lead author on two papers concerning the flash technique that have appeared in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research (2017, 2021), the most recent of which is entitled “Flash Technique in a Scalable Low-Intensity Group Intervention for COVID-19 Related Stress in Healthcare Providers,” and continues to conduct research supporting the efficacy and safety of the flash technique. With ten published papers supporting the efficacy and safety of the flash technique, it is now an evidence-based intervention.

Together with his colleague, Lewis Engel, PhD, Dr. Manfield has presented introductions to the flash technique at five national and international conferences, conducted webinars and workshops in eleven countries in addition to the United States, and trained over 12,000 clinicians.

Solomon Abebe, Licensed Counseling Psychologist
Crystal Arber, MSW, RSW, RCC
Dorothy Ashman, MA
Anna Baird, MS, LPC, NCC
Kelli Bosak, LCSW
Catherine Butler, Ed.D., LMFT
Kristen Gustavson, PhD, LCSW
Howard Lorber, LCSW
Tara May, PhD
Dr. Sushma Mehrotra, Founder President of EMDR Association, Asia
Margaret (Peggy) Moore, LCSW, ACSW
Chintan Naik, Psychologist
Eva Usadi, MA, BCD, CGP
Bethany Warren, LCSW, PMH-C
Sik-Lam Wong, PhD, LMFT
Exhibitor Hall

Thank you to the following companies that are exhibiting at the 2023 Trauma Recovery Network Conference! Conference attendees will have the opportunity to engage with exhibitors and learn about their companies and products during Exhibit Hall hours.

Exhibit Hall Hours
Friday, April 21: 8AM – 7PM
Saturday, April 22: 8AM – 2PM

NeuroTek Logo

NeuroTek Technologies

NeuroTek has been manufacturing high quality EMDR equipment since 1992.  We are the worldwide leader with the most extensive product line up of EMDR equipment. NeuroTek products are used in 47 countries by thousands of EMDR therapists who have reported excellent results and believe they are extremely effective therapeutic tools. Some of our clients include hospitals, military hospitals, police organizations, medical centers and EMDR Trainers around the globe.

NeuroTek’s products are specifically designed to aid the EMDR Clinician by removing the physical strain as well as allowing the Clinician to take notes and concentrate exclusively on their clients’ needs. Additionally we provide excellent technical support and customer service to our customers.

Bilateral Stimulation.io Logo

Bilateral Stimulation.io
bilateralstimulation.io offers simple BLS tools for EMDR therapists, for both virtual and in-person therapy. Over 10,000 EMDR therapists use bilateralstimulation.io to provide visual, auditory, and tactile BLS to their clients—no matter where they are.

Their latest product: Remote tactile buzzers which enable tactile BLS over the internet.

Learn more by visiting their website: https://bilateralstimulation.io

The Biomat Store Logo

The Biomat Store
The original Biomat is a Far infrared and Negative Ion therapy pad which is cleared by the FDA as a medical device. It has been used extensively for stress and pain reduction for over 20 years by practitioners and the general public.

We offer free demonstrations at our booth and have a conference discount for all show purchases.


Carrizo Trading Company logo

Carrizo Trading Company Gift Shop

Enjoy a fine selection of southwestern handcrafted gifts from Pendleton products, sterling silver jewelry, home decor, BoHo jewelry, beaded items, lanyards, novelty coffee mugs, authentic Navajo rugs, and so much more.

CPTSD Foundation logo

CPTSD Foundation

The Foundation for Post-Traumatic Healing and Complex Trauma Research (CPTSD Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing virtual, daily, interactive support, evidence-based resources, and a thriving, diverse, inclusive, trauma-informed community where safety and healing become more possible every day.

Learn more by visiting their website: https://cptsdfoundation.org/

EMDR Foundation logo

EMDR Research Foundation

The EMDR Research Foundation is dedicated to the promotion of quality, unbiased research in EMDR therapy and other scientific approaches to mental health. The Foundation is committed to investing in the development and dissemination of high quality research to inform, strengthen and expand the understanding and application of EMDR therapy and ensure its appropriate use in a wide variety of clinical situations.


Lido Wellness Center Logo

Lido Wellness Center

Lido Wellness is an adult, trauma-focused, primary mental health PHP, IOP and short term OP with Transitional Housing options. Our multidisciplinary team includes psychiatry, nursing, therapy, EMDR, somatic and other trauma-focused providers, dietetics, and occupational therapy.

Our efforts are all towards restoring hope, purpose and connection through trauma-informed, whole person mental health care.


Newport Healthcare Logo

Newport Healthcare

Newport Health, comprised of Newport Academy and Newport Institute, provides primary mental health residential treatment programs for adolescents and young adults at locations throughout the country. In addition, we offer PHP and IOP programs in some areas.


Contact: Ben Davis, Clinical Outreach Representative
Phone: 949-648-1462
Email: ben.davis@newporthealthcare.com

CE Information

Conference participants can earn EMDRIA credits and CEs.

Information on obtaining your Conference CEs has been sent to all participants. If you cannot locate the email with Conference CE instructions, please contact conference@emdrhap.org


2022 EMDR Walk in the Park Recap

CE-Classes.com is the provider of CEs. 

Certificates are awarded online after completion of the workshop.  Participants print their own certificate after registering at CE-Classes.com, entering a keycode, and completing an evaluation form.

Licensed Professionals should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

CE-Classes.com is approved by:

  • The American Psychological Association (APA) CE-Classes.com is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE-Classes.com maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Florida Certification Board
  • The Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling Provider #852 BAP-Expires 3/31/2023
  • The California Board of Behavioral Sciences. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences, BBS, recognizes relevant course work/training that has been approved by nationally recognized certifying bodies, such as APA, to satisfy renewal requirements.
  • California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Provider Number OS-12-147-0223 Expires 02-2023
  • The Texas Board of Social Work Examiners – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • The Texas Board of Professional Counselors – CE-Classes.com meets the requirements for acceptable continuing education
  • Massachusetts Authorization Number: (TBD)
  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board – Provider # RCST031201
  • New York Social Work Board – CE-Classes.com is recognized by the New York State Education
    Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0120.
  • New York Mental Health Practitioners Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0260.
  • New York Psychology Board CE-Classes.com, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0211
  • The Florida Board of Nursing (CE Provider #: 50-4896) Expires 10/31/2024 Do not send certificates to the Florida Board of Nursing. You must keep this certificate for 4 years.
  • The California Board of Registered Nursing. CEP 15647 Expires 11/30/2024.
  • This course is NOT available for NBCC credit
  • This training does not offer ASWB ACE credit to social workers.

Refund/Cancellation Policy
Refunds are limited to conference fees paid and do not include any travel, lodging, transportation, or other fees paid independently of conference registration. No-shows and on-site purchase are non-refundable.

Full Refund: To qualify for a full refund of registration fees paid, a written cancellation must be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 3, 2023.

Partial Refund: Cancellations received from Saturday, March 4 until 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 31, 2023, will receive a 50% refund, less a $45 administrative fee.

NOTE: No refunds will be given starting April 1, 2023. Cancellation and refund requests should be sent via e-mail to Conference@emdrhap.org.


Grievances are only accepted in writing and will be handled within ten business days. Please contact the TRN Conference Committee at conference@emdrhap.org if you would like to file a grievance, complaint, or have questions.

ADA Assistance

For ADA assistance, please contact the Trauma Recovery/HAP office (203)288-4450 or conference@emdrhap.org

Conflict of Interest

There are no known conflicts of interest for this conference. 

See what attendees are saying about the 2023 TRN Conference:

Getting to meet other therapists from different areas was the best part for me.

Experiencing the warmth and support of an in-person event and, at the same time, hearing high quality presentations.

I really enjoyed learning about the different ways therapists are creatively using EMDR to meet the needs of diverse situations and people.

Your event was refreshing and renewing

Thank You 2023 Sponsors: