Trauma Recovery/HAP Newsletter
October 2015

How wonderful it was to see those of you who were able to make it to Philadelphia for the EMDRIA Conference! For those who were not there, we want to fill you in. At the Annual Award's Ceremony, Brendan McDonough shared his very moving personal story and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. Brendan was the only firefighter from his unit of firefighters, the Hotshots, to survive the Yarnell fires. As he shared with those in attendance, it was because of EMDR therapy that he got his life back. He thanked each and every therapist for their work to provide hope and healing for those who are suffering and want desperately to feel better. Brendan found out about our organization from Deborah Ritterbush, his clinician, who did all of her EMDR therapy training through us. Deborah also received her R-tep training at an Arizona Trauma Recovery Network sponsored HAP training.  Brendan was thrilled to meet Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub, the developers of Recent Traumatic Event Protocol (R-TEP), while at the Conference. After expressing a desire to contribute to our efforts, Brendan will be taking an active role as an advocate for Trauma Recovery/HAP and the work we do. We will have more news on his involvement in the coming months. We are very grateful and excited to have him on board. 

We also want to provide an update on our ongoing progress for recovery efforts in Nepal. Right now our main priority is securing funding to finalize the overall scale of the work we can do. Sushma Mehrotra, president of EMDR Asia, will be leading a team of clinicians who will provide training and intervention in Nepal. Tom Olschner, an EMDR therapy clinician from Denver, CO is currently in Nepal with the support of his church. Before leaving for Nepal, he offered to take video and photos during his time there. His efforts on behalf of Trauma Recovery/HAP will support additional funding efforts. 

With this news, our upcoming work in Nepal and growing community interest in disaster recovery, we are happy to announce that 100% of all donations to greatest need fund given during our annual appeal this holiday season will go to our disaster recovery fund. This fund exists so that during times of tragedy we can put together and execute our recovery efforts faster and more effectively.

If you wish to donate to the disaster recovery fund please click here.
Making EMDR More Available for Early Intervention in Emergency Situations

The accessibility of EMDR therapy in emergency and disaster situations is often limited by the shortage of trained clinicians immediately available when relatively large numbers of trauma victims are involved.The EMDR Group Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) is an innovative, practical Group Application of the EMDR Recent-Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP).
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We are HAPpy to Introduce...
Our Feature Volunteers for th e  Month:
Elan Shapiro & Brurit Laub

Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub are psychologists in Israel who have been active 
volunteers with our organization for many years. Their passion for getting Early EMDR Intervention to those suffering from traumatic events led to the development of the EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP). The EMDR R-TEP and G-TEP have shown beneficial results in controlled studies conducted by Turkish colleagues working with Syrian refugees.

In This Issue
Upcoming Trainings...
11/06 American Fork, UT
11/06 Kirkland, WA
11/06 Boyne City, MI
11/07 Hackettstown, NJ
11/13 Salt Lake City, UT
11/14 Hamden, CT
11/19 Nampa, ID
Pet(s) of the Month:
"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France 

Here is a photo of, EMDRIA President, Mark Doherty's dogs after they got out of the pool. Both are Goldendoodles. Zeus is 90 lbs. and Thor 45 lbs. and still a growing puppy. He's got great teeth and smile.  

Send us a picture and brief description and we will feature a new pet each month! 

This set includes ten double-sided (5.5" x 4.25") cards and ten bracelets (one size fits most). A useful stress management tool for patients to use outside of clinical settings. The bracelets are used as a reminder to do the stress reduction exercises and the cards provide an easy guide through the process when away from the clinical setting.

Revised and reformatted, this handy decision tree enables clinicians to easily find where they are in the EMDR therapy process, and make a choice about the next step. It is a proven tool to help clinicians effectively implement all 8 phases of the model and a great guideline for the procedural steps.

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