The past few weeks have been difficult for everyone with the tragedy in Connecticut. This has touched everyone whether directly by experiencing or witnessing it, or by seeing and hearing it on the news. Here in Colorado, we are reminded of the Columbine shooting, and the recent AMC theatre shooting in Aurora; we are reminded of what it has taken as a community to try and heal from something that is impossible to explain. Many will be experiencing sadness, anger, fear, anxiety at a time of the year that is supposed to be joyous.
As EMDR therapists we have the ability to help people lessen their pain with EMDR. As many of you begin to work with people who have been directly or indirectly impacted from the recent shootings or other recent disasters, the EMDR community is sharing some resources that might be helpful to you in your work.
Some of you may not have been trained in working with the Recent Event Protocol and some of you may have received some training in this modified method of EMDR.
The EMDR Research Foundation has posted some wonderful articles to help guide and assist EMDR therapists in working with the fallout of tragedies like the recent one in Connecticut.
The EMDR Research Foundation has posted Translating Research Into Practice Links for a number of articles that focus on current research on use of EMDR including:
- Recent events and community disasters.
- Working with children exposed to disaster.
- Plus more articles that will be of interest to help you.
The articles are full-text and free to anyone through the EMDR Research Foundation WordPress blog:
For those of you interested in the EMDR Research Foundation Translating Research Into Practice article in the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research, you can download the editorial announcing the column:
- A New Journal Feature: Translating Research Into Practice (Maxfield)
- EMDR With Grief: Reflections on Ginny Sprang’s 2001 Study (Murray)
ALL of these full text articles may be downloaded at no charge — available for EMDRIA members and non-members.
I hope that these articles will be helpful to you in years to come. As we witness and experience traumas, EMDR is essential in our helping heal the wounded nation.
If you are a client looking for a trained EMDR Therapist to help you or your family with trauma please click on “Find a Therapist” to help you find the right EMDR therapist.
Through all of this pain, try to take a little time to reach out to friends, talk about what you are feeling and needing. There are many people out there who can be there for you.