Five EMDR early intervention communities illuminate the significance of community
In June of 2016, a shooter opened fire on the LGBTQ Pulse nightclub on Latino night, in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 people and wounding 53 others. As the community gathered in shock, 600+ therapists and other professional care givers mobilized to treat trauma and support the community’s resiliency. The Greater Orlando TRN (#35+) and Greater Orlando Regional Network (#100+) did respond but faced many limitations in gaining access to those who could most benefit from EMDR early intervention therapy, EEI. The media reported nonstop but rarely discussed EMDR therapy. Enormous donations were managed by a governmental agency but the funds were not distributed to the TRN or other groups of EMDR therapists. Referral sources were skeptical of adding the TRN volunteer list to their distributed list of available therapy options. EMDR therapists across the Orlando community have been providing quality EI services in different settings both paid and volunteer, even now, 2 years later. Yet the frustration of knowing we could do so much more is felt across the community. How can these blocks be removed? [Excerpt]
“Five EMDR early intervention communities illuminate the significance of community,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed March 8, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/25528.