Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP) is a global, non-profit organization that has coordinated programs throughout the U.S. and internationally in more than 30 countries. They were originally founded in 1995 in response to the Oklahoma City bombing. The goals of the organization include, (a) educating the public about the effects of trauma, (b) providing support for professionals working with underserved populations, and (c) treating victims post-disaster and in war zones.
It also coordinates a Trauma Recovery Network of regional associations where volunteer clinicians become proficient at emergency response methods, instruct local emergency managers on the nature of trauma and its treatment, and make themselves available to provide pro bono services in the event of a disaster in their home communities or elsewhere. Trauma Recovery/HAP volunteers have both trained and supported local clinicians by providing direct services after manmade and natural disasters such as 9/11, Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, the Sandy Hook and Pulse Nightclub shootings, etc. An assessment of the impact of direct volunteer services provided after the terrorism attacks in New York City demonstrated the effectiveness of both immediate and delayed EMDR treatment (Silver et al., 2005).
Trauma Recovery/HAP and its affiliated European EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs invite collaboration with interested organizations and researchers to help ensure emergency preparedness, disaster response and effective trauma treatment worldwide. Click here for the Trauma Recovery/HAP website.
Recipient of the 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Clinical Excellence.
On February 7, 2014 the UN Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations recommended that the UN Economic and Social Council grant EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs Special Consultative Status.
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Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs works to build capacity for effective trauma-informed therapy in underserved communities throughout the world. Indicate your support of the Southeast Florida TRN on your donation.
- Deliver the highest standards for EMDR therapy training as intended by the founder of EMDR Therapy and our organization, Dr. Francine Shapiro, to clinicians serving the underserved.
- Develop accessible specialty workshops to support nonprofit and government agency employees.
- Build our Trauma Recovery Network. Funding has allowed local groups to hold preparedness conferences, discounted training efforts, pro bono treatment programs, partnerships with local law enforcement, etc.
- Provide faster and more efficient disaster recovery efforts such as training and pro bono treatment, when called upon by a community in need.
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