Trauma Recovery/HAP Newsletter
November 2015

We, at Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, were heartbroken and speechless after the attacks in France, Lebanon, and Kenya.  Attacks like this cause a chain reaction of trauma that reaches worldwide.  Our help in these times, as EMDR therapy clinicians and advocates, is needed more than ever.

Noteworthy communication resonated through various channels in response to the attacks.  Two pieces stand out for us as adding significantly to the discourse and proving insight to clinicians who may come in contact with those suffering as a result of this, or another tragedy.  We want to share a letter from Katy Murray, MSW, LCSW a Trauma Recovery/HAP trainer and well established in the EMDR community provided valuable information on Early EMDR Intervention (EEI).

Carol Forgash, LCSW, BCD, the director of Advanced Educational Productions, a well-known and highly respected specialty EMDR therapy trainer and former Trauma Recovery/HAP Board President sent out a reading list pertinent to anyone interested in disaster recovery work.  She also stated:
"Now is the time to become a Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs volunteer, and then become part of a Trauma Recovery Network. This can be done either as a part of your local community (or start one) or by joining nationally as a Member-At-Large. I believe that volunteering for disaster work can help us as individuals to feel empowered, and at the same time, gives us the opportunity to provide EMDR therapy for disaster relief.  Only by preparing in advance, setting up linkages, providing public education about remediating disasters and trauma, can we make our services known to the community.

In 2001, those of us in the NY metro area, PA and D.C. were able to mobilize and participate in a situation now echoed, tragically, in Paris, Lebanon, Syria and Turkey.  As an EMDR therapy community, we have more resources and organizational support than we had at that time.  We can more effectively respond to natural and human caused disasters in the future."

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please visit our website for more information.  We hope that those suffering in the aftermath of these tragedies will be able to get the help that they so desperately need.  Trauma Recovery/HAP will continue our mission of providing aid to the underserved and welcome all who want to join us in these efforts.

Katy Murray's letter click here.
Carol Forgash Reading List click here.

Long Island Trauma Recovery Network Presents
When disaster strikes locally our Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) springs into action. For every response there are lessons learned. To understand what these lessons are, it is important to understand the role of a TRN. A TRN is a local group of highly trained, licensed mental health professionals who are a part of the larger national organization, Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP). There are more than 40 of these affiliated groups within the United States. A TRN's responsibilities include public education about trauma and its effects; continuing education for those involved; networking with local emergency management systems and other TRNs; and responding to local emergencies with pro bono services and to distant emergencies when requested.
The Long Island TRN had valuable lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Their members created a program towards achieving their TRN goals in alignment with the national organization's recommendations for local TRN's.   The Trauma Awareness and Readiness on Long Island: Conference for Mental Health and First Responders Professionals came to fruition this past October through collaborative efforts and much hard work.

We are HAPpy to Introduce...
Our Feature Volunteer for th e  Month:
Maria Masciandaro 
  In 1995, I took my Level I training in Philadelphia and experienced first-hand the power of EMDR therapy. Finishing my training in 1996, I felt privileged to have had Francine Shapiro, each time, as my trainer. Utilizing the EMDR therapy framework when I returned home was new. I was grateful for a monthly consultation group with Sheila Bender. After I learned more about the larger EMDR therapy community, I joined Sheila, Victoria Britt and Betsy Prince in 1999 as an EMDRIA Regional Coordinator. That was when I heard about Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs. During Barbara Korzun's time as Executive Director, following 9/11, we formed a HAP DRN (Disaster Response Network), which later became our local Trauma Recovery Network. In 2006, as my youngest child was getting older, I was able to accept the invitation to become a Trauma Recovery/HAP facilitator.
In This Issue
Upcoming Trainings...
Pet(s) of the Month:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France 

These two pups are shared with us by Beth Lee, LCSW.  "These are my two Australian Labradoodles: Ellie is 2 on the left, and Frankie is 4. They are amazing dogs and recently appeared in a book called The Dogist. It's a wonderful book for any dog lover. Elias, the photographer has a blog of the same name and he posts a dog photo everyday. He stopped me about 18 months ago on the street and asked if he could take their photo. It captures perfectly their almost human looking eyes."

Send us a picture and brief description and we will feature a new pet each month! 
From our families to yours, we wish you
a happy and peaceful Thanksgiving.
Our warmest wishes to you and yours for a joyous Thanksgiving and holiday season. We are thankful for your support and participation in the Trauma Recovery/HAP community. Because of your involvement, thousands of people around the globe will experience again the comfort and joy that a traumatic experience had taken away. The work we all do is important, but it wouldn't be possible without you.

Thank you.

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