A Community of Heart Profile: David Hart (1)
In this edition, I am delighted to introduce you to Mark Grant from Sydney, Australia. Mark has been involved in using EMDR from early on and is an active member of the EMDR Association of Australia (EMDRAA). In his current capacity as chairman of the committee that governs EMDRAA, he has helped to coordinate the legal incorporation of the EMDR Association of Australia. This is a process that he has referred to as “a process with more “blockages” than a resistant EMDR client!” The headquarters of EMDRAA is based in Sydney but Mark reports that he forsees the administration moving around the country as the committee faces re-election every two years. He hopes that EMDRAA will serve the needs of Australian therapists and extends an invitation to other EMDR associations in the Pacific region to call on EMDRAA to provide advice and support. EMDRAA produces a quarterly newsletter titled “Saccades” that is currently guided by the leadership of Jennifer Braithwaite (one of the original founders of EMDRAA). She writes about Mark in the September, c1997 edition of Saccades: “My first and very pleasurable task as the new Editor of Saccades is to thank Mark Grant for his hardworking and able efforts in launching our Newsletter. Mark is dedicated to developing and strengthening the Association. The role he played as Editor and his new role as Chairman demonstrates his commitment to these ends and we as members reap the benefits. Thank you Mark.”
When Mark is not attending to EMDRAA business, he can be found in Sydney where he maintains a private practice. His is known for his interest and contribution to the use of EMDR in the treatment of pain management and has developed methods of incorporating EMDR into the psychological management of pain. He presented on this subject at the EMDR International Association conference in San Francisco in 1997 and has written a manual for chronic pain that is currently being submitted for publication. Also, he is interested in the interface between pain and culture. The concept of Emotional Intelligence and the possible correlation between EQ and susceptibility to EMDR is another area of fascination for Mark. He is the author of two self-help tapes that incorporate bilateral stimulation and were inspired by its use in EMDR.
Not only is Mark involved in politics, publishing and psychotherapy, he is a clinician who has mastered the intricacies of the Internet and he has produced a website called “Mark Grant’s Chronic Pain Pages.” On his web-site, you will find articles about the psychological treatment of chronic pain, including the use of EMDR, medication; links to other pain sites; scans of pain patients; information about support groups; self-help resources (including EMDR tapes); and information about EMDR trainings. This web-site address is HYPERLINK http://www.ozemail.com.au/~markgra
One of six siblings, Mark notes that his first 20 years were spent in New Zealand and the last 20 have been dedicated to Australia. He sees himself coming from “a transplanted English culture, with a bit of pioneer spirit thrown in.” He studied psychology at the University of Sydney and graduated with a Master of Arts, majoring in Psychology in 1989. While at the University, he participated in a research project investigating the role of attitudes and beliefs in peoples’ reactions to information about AIDS.
However, Mark not only works hard, he plays hard and admits to a love of nature and the ocean. He enjoys exploring the Australian coastline and recently went snorkeling on the Great Barrier Reef where, as he floated above the many different-shaped and multi-colored corals and viewing the colored fish, he expressed, “I felt a powerful awareness of the tremendous variety of life on our planet, and the preciousness of that.” He relaxes with Yoga and enjoys non-fiction books concerning the universe, sci-fi movies and spicy foreign food.
David Hart Since the beginning of EMDRIA and my work with members outside of the United States, one of the people I have relied upon most is my friend and colleague, Dr. David Hart A psychologist from Canada, David has been a vital part of the International Committee and the EMDR community as a whole. His contributions have been many and he brings clarity of thought, critical ability, and heart to every project that he has undertaken.
David spent the majority of his career as a psychologist at Memorial University of Newfoundland, where he was a professor for 34 years. Before retiring three years ago, he spent much of his time directing the M.Sc. Clinical Psychology program as well as teaching undergraduate courses in the psychology of abnormal behavior. During this time, he maintained a clinical practice and worked at a psychiatric hospital one day per week, before working at the psychiatric ward of a general hospital. He also taught at the Teaching Clinic of the University's Psychology Department. David's areas of expertise are with anxiety problems such as trauma, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, social anxiety, and weight.
David recounts that his interest in EMDR began when he read Francine Shapiro’s 1989 paper and then attended a variety of sessions at AABT. He trained with the EMDR Institute and, in 1992, he did his Level I and Level II trainings. While attending the EMDR 1993 Conference the following year, he was an active member in the discussions concerning international membership and was inspired to create a Canadian EMDR Association. He mailed his proposal to the 58 Canadians who had taken EMDR training, resulting in 27 members from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts of Canada. This group formed an Executive Committee of five from each province and they have led the EMDR Association of Canada, otherwise known as EMDRAC, to its present position as an incorporated organization with more than 200 members. At their first official Annual General Meeting, the Executive Committee was elected as the Board of Directors and David was asked to continue as President and Chairman of the Board.
David has also served as the Editor of the EMDRAC/EMDRIA Newsletter for the past two years. He compiled the EMDRAC Directory, circulated to its members by floppy disk and, through his expanding wizardry with the computer and the Internet, created an e-mail discussion group for EMDRAC members and a separate forum for the International Committee, thanks to the generosity of his Newfoundland University Department.
David has enjoyed his recent years of retirement by engaging in many of the activities he loves best He moved from the east to the west, now calling British Columbia home. He has a love of sailing and enjoys racing his Laser, although over the past two decades he has been involved more often officiating as a judge of sailing competitions. He is an avid sportsman and takes great pleasure in cross-country skiing and running.
Music has an important place in David's life and he is a devotee of opera and chamber music. Travel is also important to David and he is often off on an adventure to Europe, China, or elsewhere in Canada with his partner, Linda. A new love in his life since he moved west is learning about the culture of the North American First Nations peoples.
Retirement has given David the time to devote to a new area of interest in psychology concerning the emotional effects of disasters. He believes "there is much to be learned and important lessons for the management of disaster relief; for example, that often the major source of chronic stress problems is the strain caused by the relief management itself, by the bureaucracy.”
We are lucky to have David as a member of our International Committee and our EMDR international community. I would like to publicly thank him for all of the time, energy and effort he has poured into both EMDRAC and EMDRIA.