Trauma Recovery/HAP Newsletter
Spring 2018

Disastrous events, now almost routine to our "day-to-day" reality, elevate public awareness of the physical and emotional suffering of victims.  The community's struggles in the aftermath to address the mental health needs of the victims are often less apparent.  Trauma Recovery/EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs focus support at the community level to ensure local mental health professionals are trained in proven trauma recovery therapies and stand ready to provide coordinated relief to victims and first responders. 

Typically, Trauma Recovery/HAP waits for local agencies to assess their capabilities and needs. Then, once requested, our organization will take the steps to coordinate the appropriate training and intervention.  The shared goal is to increase local capacity to treat affected populations quickly by having established access to EMDR therapy.  We achieve this not only through our training program, but also by working with local clinicians to build Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) groups. The TRN is a community-based, early intervention resource with a "team" approach to response through connection, shared language and a common skill set.

The strength and efficiency of our approach recently proved itself in Southeast Florida.  Still reeling from September's Hurricane Irma, Broward County witnessed the Parkland gun violence in mid-February 2018.   Auspiciously, Trauma Recovery/HAP had scheduled an early-intervention training event nearby in Tequesta, Florida for March 2, just two weeks after the shooting.  Mobilized by the local clinician coordinators, and their colleagues our organization was able to:
  • Spread word of the existing training session through a combination of digital and social media,
  • Form a Southeast Florida TRN, working with local clinicians to create outreach to recruit and connect new members so that they were able to begin providing probono services to those affected by the shooting,
  • Supplement the early intervention specific training with information sessions on EMDR and early intervention techniques through the newly formed Southeast Florida TRN,
  • Build a relationship with a local agency to plan a full Trauma Recovery/HAP EMDR Therapy Basic Training, which will be offered at an extreme discount to clinicians in the greater Parkland area.
Details and lesson learned will follow in our next newsletter.

The recovery process takes tenacity and self-compassion from the victims, and the empathy and experience that clinicians bring to each challenge. We thank all of our volunteers, donors and nonprofit and government agency partners throughout the country for your continued involvement in our important mission.   This newsletter provides insight into the significant difference your support and caring makes in communities affected by trauma.

All the best,
Carol R. Martin
Executive Director
Las Vegas: Five Days of Training and Intervention
We want to extend recognition and thanks to all who participated in the five days  of training and intervention that took place in early March in Las Vegas, Nevada.   We deeply appreciate the healing energy and volunteer spirit that helped to provide comprehensive support to the Las Vegas community, in response to their mass casualty event.  The Trauma Recovery EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs work in Las Vegas had three components...

Disaster Intervention in the Florida Keys
Early this year, Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitar ian Assistance Programs completed a Part I Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training in Marathon, Florida, part of the Florida Keys. This training was held January 11th - 13th as a disaster recovery effort to support the community after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma.  It also served to effectively launch a new, Keys-based Trauma Recovery Network (TRN).

Professional Profile: Heidi Outtrim, LSCW
On a daily basis, our rigorously trained healthcare professionals are helping to heal those suffering from emotional trauma. From responding to victims of recent disasters to treating clients with long-term effects of childhood trauma, these nonprofit and government agency clinicians make EMDR therapy available, most significantly to those in underserved communities. To understand the impact of Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs, it helps to get to know our clinicians. Here is one we would like to introduce to you: Heidi Outtrim, LCSW.

 Faculty Academy 
Volunteer Acknowledgment:
Thank you to all our volunteers for everything you do to help us achieve our mission.
Below is a list of those who generously volunteered their time and expertise since the New Year.
George Abbott, Karen Alter-Reid, Kate Becker, Christine Bergman, Suzanne Borstein, William Brislin, Leslie Brown, Christeli Brunner, Lori Cao, Lloyd Cloud, Donna D'Aloia, Stephanie Drieze, Stacy Eggsware, Kathy Eichelberger, Susan Engel, Rachel Erwin, Donna Fleming, Shelly Foster, Jonna Fries, Laurie Furman, Cocoy Garcia, Mel Gardner, Denise Gelinas, Richard Ginty, Veronika Gold, Deborah Goodwin, Richard Greete, Leanne Harper, Paula Harry, Roxanne Hassett, Laura Henson, Marina Hewlett, Kyle Hood, Josie Juhasz, Rhonda Kamai-Kekela, Cheryl Kenn, Frankie Klaff, Paula Krentzel, Marjorie Lamphear, Candise Leininger, Jennifer Lendl, Debra Littrell, Priscilla Marquis, Claire Mauer, Mary Jo McHaney, Reginald McRae, Julie Miller, April Minjarez-Estenson, Linda Mixon, Peggy Moore, Alfredo Munoz, Desiree Murray, Katy Murray, Mark Odland, David Ogren, Kelly O'Horo, Ted Olejnik, Linda Ouellette, John Paradiso, Hope Payson, Lori Pereira, Alexis Polles, Anastasia Pollock, Sandra Poupeney, Merrill Powers, Jarilen Preston, Betsy Prince, Sheri Rezak-Irons, Rachel Rosa, Julie Rosen, Cherilyn Rowland Petrie, Dorinna Ruh, Julia Russomanno, Lisa Salvi, Jan Schaad, Kathleen Scott, Larry Shrier, Rudy Shrier, Deborah Silveria, Elisabeth Slatt, Sadie Smith, Charlene Spears, Jill Strunk, Melinda Sullivan, Bernadette Talia, Laraine Tanzer, Jennifer Tattersall, Maxine Trent, Joanne Twombly, Timothy Vermillion, James Randy Webb, Elizabeth West, Cindy White, Rebecca Wilson, Monica Wisco

Welcome to our new  Facilitators-in-Training...

Holly Forman-Patel
Reginald McRae
Carla Parola
Sadie Smith
Janet Wilson

Congratulations to our new Facilitators...

Susan Engel
Paula Harry
Paula Krentzel
Mary Jo McHaney
Mark Odland
Sandra Poupeney

In This Issue
Upcoming Trainings...
Pet of the Month: 

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France 

This month's Pet of the Month is Buddy, brought to you by our friend Cameron Loeb.  Buddy is a sweet rescue who often can be found with one ear up and the other down.    Buddy likes to turn piles of laundry or opens suitcases into beds and does all his tricks at once when he wants a treat.  His favorite thing is cuddling with his mom and will nudge her phone out of the way if he feels like he is getting enough cuddles.
Send us a picture and brief description to have your pet featured in an upcoming newsletter. 
Featured Product:

G-TEP Worksheet Pad  

This set of EMDR G-TEP worksheets are designed for use by EMDR G-TEP trained clinicians. This is a user friendly single worksheet design for a step-by-step guide to the process. It is a large 11 x 17 color coded worksheet, which is also a meta-communication: in which the trauma event is enveloped with present/past/& future resources arranged spatially to physically convey that the event is in the past; that they are safe now in the present; & that there is hope for the future.

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