Emergency EMDR - treating victims from man made to natural disasters


EMDR is a well-established theory for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). EMDR has also been used effectively in the immediate period following trauma. The Emergency Response Procedure (ERP), described in the Humanitarian Assistance Programs (HAP) Disaster Manual and developed to deal with victims of terror within hours of exposure to trauma, will be discussed and taught. Participants will learn how to respond to clients in the immediate aftermath of trauma utilizing Debriefing and ERP. Case examples will be presented to illustrate the successful treatment of Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) and PTSD with survivors of the earthquake in Turkey and the Tsunami in Thailand, and with victims of terror in Jerusalem and those in bomb shelters during the last Lebanon war. In this presentation, the Recent Events Protocol will be reexamined with particular emphasis on modifying the Positive Cognitions (PC) in the face of continuing ongoing danger. The EMDR Group Protocol, used with large numbers of disaster victims needing simultaneous treatment, will be presented and followed by a practicum.






Gary Quinn

Original Work Citation

Quinn, G. (2007, June). Emergency EMDR - treating victims from man made to natural disasters. Presentation at the 8th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Paris, France



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