EMDR immediate emergency treatment for manmade and natural disasters.: Emergency response procedure (ERP)
PTSD can be reduced or prevented if treated during the first month after a trauma when a person displays Acute Stress Disorder (ASD). Although usually used later, EMDR has also been used effectively in the immediate period following trauma. Victims of immediate trauma often exhibit "silent terror" or extreme stress.The Emergency Response Procedure (ERP) described in Marilyn Luber's : EMDR Scripted Protocols: Basic and Special Situations.(2009) & Implementing EMDR Early Mental Health Interventions for Man-Made and Natural Disasters: Models, Scripted Protocols (2013) was developed to deal with victims of natural and man made disaster within hours of exposure to trauma. Participants in this workshop will learn how to respond to clients in the immediate aftermath of trauma, utilizing ERP. This same basic approach can be applied in the event of strong abreaction during the initial phase of History-taking, and prior to the Preparation Phase of EMDR or at other times of treatment when patients exhibit strong emotional reactions. Similarly, ERP may also be considered for patients exhibiting this "silent terror" or extreme stress during initial treatment at the scene of an accident or in ambulances en route to medical facilities. Case examples will illustrate treatment of ASR &ASD with survivors of the Tsunami in Thailand, and victims of terror and war. R-TEP, developed by Elan Shapiro and Brurit Laub will be described as it is used in the event that ERP is not sufficient in the emergency settings where multiple patients need rapid treatment. A practicum will follow on ERP.
Original Work Citation
Quinn, G. (2016, June). EMDR immediate emergency treatment for manmade and natural disasters: Emergency response procedure (ERP). In Early interventions. Presentation at the at the 17th EMDR Europe Association Conference, The Hague
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